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WIPA Presenting Milena Santoro | Follow the Leader

Have you ever wondered what makes the leaders of our industry tick?  What  is  it  about  them  that  makes  you  want  to  follow? What’s their secret? Are they Leading or Managing?

Leader or Manager – Which one are you?

Have you asked yourself what type of leader am I and what is my leadership style? You are probably thinking I’m a great leader… but what are your clients, staff and vendors thinking?  In this interactive session, Milena helped us discover how our leadership style cancontribute to our success.  With her charm and knowledge, Milena presented options we could all relate to and use!

1391550_765638816785601_598648835_nMilena Santoro |  Author, international professional speaker, educator, award winning certified meeting and special events professional who has earned many accolades managing events for corporations, international associations, social clients and not-for-profit agencies. She is the Creative President and CEO of MS Productions Inc., a full service international wedding and event management and destination management company with offices in Canada and Europe.  Milena has been planning events of all types for over 20 years. With her background in hospitality and culinary arts, floral and interior design, she is able to translate her client’s ideas into reality.

Our meeting began with check in and then arrival drinks on the lovely patio of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA.




Our vendors/sponsors for the day made the settings magical and elegant while maintaining  that beachy feel that is so indigenous to  Newport Beach.




The table settings were simple, and stunning and fun.  Check the setting below…that isn’t a box; it’s a cake (and really delish, I might add!).








These gorgeous gowns were  part of a casual fashion show:


And this beautiful jewelry was part of the take-home bag:


Michelle Faciolla (new So Cal Chapter President), Carol Rosen (International President), Milena Santoro (our fabulous speaker):




Venue / Catering | Island Hotel Newport Beach 

Linens / Furniture | Fusion Linens 

Photography | Christine Bentley Photography

Event Designer | Inviting Occasion Inc.

DJ / Violin Cocktail Entertainment | Tim Espinosa Entertainment

Paper Goods | Details Design Studio

Favors | Christopher Garrens Cakes

Videographer | Perryfield Films

Specialty Coffee | Conscious Bean

Lighting | Five Star Audio Visual

Cocktail Rimmers | Little Waisted

Kendra Scott Jewelry

Andrea’s Couture

Luncheon Entertainment | The Society Band