Lauren Chitwood Events and Olio Event Group |

Lauren graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations in 2004. “Since then, I’ve been executing incredible events with imagination and a keen eye for detail. I started straight out of college so I was too young and naive to even be aware of being fearful,” she joked. “Sometimes, the world protects you from what you don’t need to know.”

Lauren and her team offer event planning, design and execution services. As Lauren put it, “I’m part-artist, part-engineer and part-logistician.” Her first company, Lauren Chitwood Events, has carved out a niche in the luxury social and leisure event market. She works with corporate events of all shapes, sizes and budgets through Olio Event Group. With over a decade of experience, Lauren and her team know the intricacies of managing events within their clients’ budget and needs.

“I love working in my local community, and the connections I make in Lexington,” she said.

“I know that my businesses have a direct and positive impact on the local economy. Most events we produce utilize the talents and skills of up to hundreds of other local professionals in the hospitality industry.”

Lauren loves having the opportunity to help create incredible moments with her clients. She said, “I find it rewarding and gratifying to be able to celebrate milestones with people and businesses, and to know that my team’s tremendous efforts culminate in successful final products.”

Lauren’s first advice to others who want to own their own business is to learn resilience. “Be open and ready to evolve,” she said. “Build your team of advisors and be kind to everyone you meet.”

Posted on 2018-02-01 by Amanda Harper