GiGi McDowell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fêtefully. GiGi began planning weddings professionally at the age of 13 after planning her first formal event at six. At six years old, GiGi hired a DJ, ordered catering, decorated the space and had her friends dress in formal attire to celebrate. After this birthday party GiGi was forever drawn to event planning. Later that year, GiGi discovered Brides magazine. So, she secretly ordered a subscription using her mother’s credit card information. A few months later, her mother saw the charges on her account and wondered who had subscribed to the magazine. GiGi came clean and told her mother that she used her card because she loved weddings and her mother allowed her to continue her subscription. Those are the moments that created the passionate event planner GiGi has become.
After graduating from Texas State University, GiGi began working at the Dallas Museum of Art in the Human Resources department and quickly learned that she would forever be miserable if she continued to work everyday for a paycheck and without purpose. She left her full time position in Dallas, TX for an unpaid wedding planning internship in Nashville, TN with everything she owned in the trunk of her car. GiGi was determined to figure out WHY she’d been so compelled to sacrifice so much to make other’s dreams come true…. That WHY wasFêtefully. After meeting with various planners, brides, and vendors in Oklahoma City, GiGi used those conversations to create Fêtefully. Once she had a concept, she consulted Angela Proffitt and Jane Buckingham on their thoughts and feedback – they became her first advisors and investor. From there, GiGi taught herself how to build the Fêtefully web platform and recruited a few professional planners to join the movement. GiGi now works on Fêtefully full time as well as volunteers in the Dallas Tech Startup community.
Jane Buckingham | Fêtefully Advisory Board
Jane Buckingham is founder and president of consumer insights firm Trendera, and an expert on marketing to people of different generations. Having studied generational trends for over 20 years, Buckingham consults companies and individuals to gain insights and actions around these difficult to understand demographic groups. Jane has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, “60 Minutes,” and “Good Morning America.” She has appeared on numerous programs including, “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The View.” Jane is currently a contributing editor at Glamour magazine and The Huffington Post and makes regular appearances on “Good Morning America” and “The View.”
Angela Proffitt | Fêtefully Advisory Board
Angela Proffitt is a celebrity-wedding planner, entrepreneur, and productivity coach with over 15 years of experience in the wedding and event industry. Angela is the owner and lead designer for Vivid Experiences, a full-service event and wedding planning company. With the help of her team, Angela’s work has been featured in more than 100 publications, including People magazine, Us Weekly, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, and Style Me Pretty. Angela’s organization and business practices have been highlighted in Success Magazine, ABC Family’s new series “Job or No Job,” and TLC’s “Extreme I Do’s!” Angela is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network for entrepreneurs whose companies gross more than $1 million annually. While utilizing partnerships, products and services, Angela delivers tools that enable entrepreneurs and event professionals to best serve their clients and communities.
Estee Stanley | Fêtefully Advisory Board
Estee Stanley has been creating some of the most stylish looks in Hollywood and around the world for more than 15 years. Through her role as a celebrated fashion stylist and later, as a renowned interior designer, Stanley has created a niche for which she has become best known: chic, effortless and eclectic style. Estee’s work is far from cookie-cutter; in fact, she is proud that there is no signature style to her interiors. Her travels around the world and her network in Los Angeles keep her connected with off-the-beaten track sources who are always helping her on her big projects.
Brigette Romanek | Fêtefully Advisory Board
Brigette Romanek is a former actress and soul singer who is now on the forefront because of her great success in interior designing. Brigette is also the designer of a line of chic handbags seen on the arms of several Hollywood celebrities. Born in Chicago, Brigette is a self-taught designer; her work can be seen in British, Russian and American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and more.