#BePartOfTheFamily: Gladys Shao, CEO Eventfully

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Gladys Shao is an event planner, decorator, and entrepreneur based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is the CEO of her own company, Eventfully, which caters to the coordination and execution of various luxury celebrations including weddings and corporate events.

After her time at USIU-Africa, Gladys realized her passion for weddings that went beyond being a great bridesmaid or wedding guest. After some positive encouragement from friends (who dubbed her a professional bridesmaid) she decided to dip her toes into the industry. This eventually led her to attend the South Africa School of Weddings to gain experience from world renown wedding planners like Colin Cowie, who has been severally mentioned in Vogue magazine.

Since then, Gladys has built her brand as one of the top wedding and event planning companies in Tanzania. She has also started an affiliate businesses, Just Shoes & More by Eventfully, a luxury shoes and accessories store that caters to bridal party needs for both brides and grooms.

Gladys prides herself in being a perfectionist, a problem solver, and an outside of the box thinker when it comes to the execution of her work. Her unique eye, can-do attitude, and passion for event planning and coordination are what drives her to excellence each time she takes on a new client.

Gladys holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism from USIU-Africa. She also holds two certifications from the South Africa School of Weddings in Wedding Planning and Luxury Styling & Floral Design.

You can catch up with Gladys’ work on her LinkedIn, Website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages where she blogs, creates IGTV content, and showcases her exquisitely decorated event venues.

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