Eddie - Founder & CEO
Eddie – Founder & CEO
Eddie Fam began his career at George Mason University where he booked The Roots for his first music festival. In 2000, he signed the band SEV to a record deal with Jimmy Iovine and Geffen Records. This landed them a commercial for Pepsi Blue which aired during the MTV Music Video Awards. In 2001, Fam helped raise $1 million for vulnerable children in Egypt. In 2005, Eddie was selected as a US Delegate for Bono’s ONE Campaign to end poverty at the G8 Summit in Scotland. In 2009, he humbly launched IMPACT Collective inside of a Panera where he would meet clients daily for coffee. Fam serves as Founder of Meant 2 Live Foundation which has impacted 3,500 disadvantaged youth in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Zambia. Following, Fam launched Splendor to inspire communities living in poverty, prisons, and addictions through the universal power of music. In 2023, Eddie returned to his first love of music to manage a new wedding and corporate party band called We The People. Eddie Fam is a visionary and impact maker who has elevated milestone experiences for more than 2,000 event clients.
Christine - PMP Director of Operations
Christine – PMP Director of Operations
Christine thrives on the unequivocal pace of new ventures as well as organizing the chaos that ensues. With over 21 years of experience in business operations and human resources, she is an operational veteran. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology, as well as Master’s level certificates in Project Management and Homeland Security Management. Christine uses her expertise in workflow analysis and business strategy to make an impact on our clients. Christine’s motto: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9-10) Christine uses this as her motivation while serving Meant 2 Live Foundation.
Star - Lead Event Planner
Star – Lead Event Planner
Star (short for Starvel) is one of IMPACT’s most seasoned event planners with 12 years of experience in serving our clients with a keen eye for design and details. Over a decade ago, an opportunity to serve as a committee chair for a conference unleashed Star’s passion for event planning. Since then, she has created and managed multi-day weddings, celebrations, conferences, corporate events, and destination events. She has also partnered with local companies to plan pop-up weddings, speed dating soirees, and New Year’s Eve celebrations. In addition to her experience with weddings and social events, Star has worked with non-profits, corporations and government agencies to plan and implement events that hosted U.S. elected officials, celebrities and foreign dignitaries. In addition to being our go to destination wedding planner, Star is also a professional travel agent. We call her Star because of her name and talent!
Susan - Corporate Event Director
Susan – Corporate Event Director
Susan started her career almost 25 years ago as a Corporate Event Manager for American Management Systems. At AMS, she was responsible for planning over 50 events each year including industry trade shows, user group conferences, new hire training classes, and executive level events. Through the years, Susan has been dazzling her clients (media organizations, non-profits and associations) with her event management acumen. She is known as a logistics “Wonder Woman” with a vibrant personality, who is results-driven and has the ability to collaborate with diverse stake holders. Her success is attributed to building strong relationships with her team, vendors and clients. She remains calm on-site and works efficiently to solve any issues that are destined to arise. Susan has produced multi-day conferences reaching as many as 14,000 in attendance all over the US, Europe, and South America.
Trish - CPCE Senior Wedding Planner
Trish – CPCE Senior Wedding Planner
Trish started her career in meeting and event planning over two decades ago with American Express Executive Services and has worked with clients such as IBM, BET and Morgan Stanley. As she began planning weddings, she fell in love with helping couples tell their story through a celebration. After planning numerous weddings, mitzvahs, galas and celebrations, Trish still loves seeing the joy on clients’ faces as they experience these incredible moment in their lives. Trish has worked in NYC, Miami, and Washington DC, where she maintains strong vendor relationships. Her experience in planning events globally has allowed her to be a sought-after speaker, mentor, educator and industry thought leader.
Kadzo - Senior Wedding Planner
Kadzo – Senior Wedding Planner
Throughout her career, Kadzo naturally gravitated towards opportunities in the service industry, where her passion for taking care of others resulted in an illustrious career with some of the top names in retail. She seamlessly transferred those skills into Wedding Planning & Coordination, where she has been helping couples plan and execute the wedding of their dreams for the past 7 years. Kadzo sincerely believes her calling is to be of service to others, and supporting couples on one of the most important days of their lives is truly a labor of love for her.
Haley - Wedding Director
Haley – Wedding Director
A Georgia native and a southern girl at heart, Haley has worked and excelled in the events and hospitality industry for over a decade. Her passion began at a young age as she watched her mother plan weddings. Haley began her career in Nashville, Tennessee, working on events in the country music industry with artists such as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, and Florida Georgia Line. She was later recruited to manage events for multiple well-known venues and made a name for herself as a luxury wedding and event planner. From the planning stages to execution, Haley provides IMPACT clients with individualized services as she creates events that guests will be swooning over for years to come.
Maria - Event Planner
Maria – Event Planner
With over a decade of experience in event management, project management, consulting, organization and leadership, Maria utilizes these skills to deliver unmatched attention to detail. She is a fierce negotiator for her clients, ensuring they receive the best price and service available. Clients value Maria for the quality and delivery of her events. Her approach brings calmness and assurance to her clients throughout the planning and execution process. Her ability to incorporate even the smallest details enhances each event and highlights Maria’s passion for taking an event from “good” to “great.” Maria is known for her creative flair and ability to design and execute one-of-a-kind events that reflect the values of her clients. She has a passion for perfection and unique talent for creating individualized and memorable events.
Michelle - Wedding & Event Planner
Michelle – Wedding & Event Planner
Michelle, who is originally from England, moved to the Washington, DC to pursue a career in the hospitality and event industry. With more than 20 years of experience, her clients receive their own unique look for each based on her creative approach to projects and design expertise. Every event she plans is successful because of the commitment and compassion that she presents to her clients. Michelle has a passion for planning events of all kinds, both social and corporate-related. Her well-known style and dedication ensure nothing less than perfection for special occasion that she plans for IMPACT clients.
Tigre - CPCE Event Manager
Tigre – CPCE Event Manager
Tigre (pronounced “Tiger”) graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Events Management and has spent the past several years honing her skills and contributing to the events industry in various positions. Her career kicked off as an Event Associate of IMPACT Collective and Meant 2 Live Foundation where she fell in love with planning events and helping others. She has since worked for various large venues and associations to plan and manage many types of events including weddings, galas, meetings, trade shows, conferences, and more. She enjoys building relationships with her clients and truly exceeding their expectations. Just like her unique name, Tigre’s special talents and creativity do not go unnoticed when she is organizing and executing events. She will go above and beyond to make her clients’ dreams come to fruition.
Ari - Wedding Planner
Ari – Wedding Planner
Ari’s passion for event planning was born from her personal journey as a cancer survivor. While home recovering from Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Cancer, Ari made it her mission to help other survivors by supporting fundraising events for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This work led to a six-year full-time job in event planning with a non-profit founded by Washington Redskins Coach, Joe Gibbs, called Youth For Tomorrow, a home for at-risk children. Ari soon realized that she loved the fulfillment that came from creating custom celebrations for social and corporate events. Today, Ari and the IMPACT team help clients celebrate and commemorate life’s most joyous occasions. Each event is a direct reflection of her mantra of living life to the fullest!
Gloria - Wedding Planner
Gloria – Wedding Planner
Gloria started her career producing Pageants. After 10 years of experience, she migrated into the wedding market. Having the opportunity to be part of the most special day of someone’s life is her biggest motivation. Gloria devotes a great deal of her time to volunteering and giving back to her community in her home country, Ghana. Currently, she serves as the President of Passion for an African Child Organization, which is a Christian-based, non-governmental organization working to improve the lives of underprivileged children on the continent of Africa. Gloria serves through advocacy, funding their education, and providing their everyday needs. A philosophy she lives by, is that “there is nothing that makes one happier than to see others happy.” Gloria’s love for planning and helping her community has been in accordance with her values since the beginning of this journey and continues to transcend through her work ongoing.
Julie - Wedding Planner
Julie – Wedding Planner
Julie has been as an event planner since 2012. From an early age, she recognized her love for creating memorable moments and experiences while playing the piano for weddings and special events. She went on to develop strong communication, project management and customer service skills in the corporate setting. She has first-hand experience with weddings, concerts and fundraisers. Julie’s diverse background uniquely positions her to provide creative solutions and quickly address issues that may arise throughout the course of an event. Her organization and attention to detail provide a stress-free experience while her creative background ensures your day is uniquely special and exactly as you want it!
Stephanie - Wedding & Event Planner
Stephanie – Wedding & Event Planner
Stephanie has been in the Wedding and Event Planning industry for over 20 years and has planned weddings all over the country as well as in the Caribbean. With her “bubbly” personality, she demonstrates her love for the business and adds that personal touch and expertise to every project! Her ability to manage, coordinate and multitask has afforded her the opportunity to work on both local and corporate events. She prides herself in offering the “Wow” factor and assisting to capture dreams and turning them into reality! Her philosophy is providing a “Stress-Free Experience” and well-deserved attention required for a successful Wedding or Event.
Morgan - Event Planner
Morgan – Event Planner
Morgan graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, Art History, and Entrepreneurship. She has always been passionate about decorating for events and holidays, and is known to start decorating for Fall as early as July. Her professional and educational experience in the art world has shaped how she views events and allows her to identify and manufacture show-stopping moments for her clients and their guests. Morgan has seven years of experience designing, coordinating, and executing events as intimate as a 20-person dinner and as large as a 3,000-person corporate celebration. Her focus on detail and preparation ensures that her events run smoothly and effectively, and allows her to quickly respond to any unexpected issues.
Javhana - CMP Event Planner
Javhana – CMP Event Planner
Javhana’s passion is unwavering, grounded in the profound belief that events act as powerful catalysts, uniting communities and individuals to enhance their lives. With over a decade of expertise as an accomplished event planner, Javhana boasts a versatile track record, having orchestrated an array of events, from weddings to high-scale government, corporate, association, and nonprofit meetings and conferences. Her extensive background spans more than just event management, encompassing a profound knowledge of the hospitality industry, including expertise in food and beverage and hotel management, which she gained from her tenure at Walt Disney World. In her journey, Javhana’s proficiency shines in meticulous event coordination, budget management, and the cultivation of robust vendor relationships, all aimed at elevating events into powerful platforms for meaningful engagement. Her credentials speak to her dedication, as she holds certifications as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP), and Digital Event Strategist (DES). Her unwavering belief in the transformative power of events, especially weddings, and the positive ripple effects they generate in the world is the driving force behind her commitment.
Linda - Event Support
Linda – Event Support
With Linda’s expertise in managing complex projects and exceeding client expectations, she seamlessly applies her skills to the realm of wedding coordination. Currently, Linda excels as the Event Support for the IMPACT Team. Her primary focus is creating comprehensive Run of Show plans for weddings, meticulously crafting timelines that encompass every detail and ensuring a seamless flow of events. Linda’s ability to multitask, anticipate challenges, and develop contingency plans guarantees that each wedding she coordinates is executed with precision and excellence. She approaches each wedding with empathy and strives to make every element of the special day a true reflection of the couple’s love story. From creating wedding questionnaires to coordinating with vendors for their arrival times, Linda’s attention to detail ensures a flawless and unforgettable wedding experience.
Sean - Music Director
Sean – Music Director
As our Music Director who coordinates instrumental music for our wedding clients, Sean is a seasoned pianist and composer based in Northern Virginia. He has decades of experience playing several styles, including classical, jazz, tango, rock, and contemporary music. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Dr. Cleveland Page, Santiago Rodriguez, and Andre Watts. During his time there, he won the Homer Ulrich Piano Competition, was a finalist for the UMSO Concerto Competition, and recipient of the Music Director’s Merit Scholarship Award. Since 2017, he has been the principal pianist for The Pan American Symphony Orchestra, with performances in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, and the Argentinian Embassy. He continues to perform around the country both as a solo and ensemble artist in various orchestral, jazz, and rock ensembles. Currently, Sean plays in a brand new wedding & corporate party band called We The People!
Ana - Event Planner
Ana – Event Planner
Ana graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in International Studies and Social Justice. Her love for event planning started when she was young and witnessing her parents host parties. In college, she was apart of InterVarsity’s Outreach team where she would plan and host Saturday morning Pancakes and Prayer. Her career started as an Event Planner for International Justice Mission, a non-profit that protects people in poverty from violence. Ana is known for her high attention to detail, reliability and organization. She brings fresh creativity and love to every event she manages. When she is not planning an event, she enjoys discovering coffee shops, running her photography business and traveling.