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Dawn Callahan

Dawn Callahan



Event Architect







The hardest part of starting most tasks is getting over the fear of wasting time, money, and fear of failure. We live in a world where you are not allowed to make mistakes. But seeing as pencils are made with erasers on the opposite end it tells me two things: 1) mistakes should be anticipated and, 2) as long as you correct the mistake and keep going, you're on the right path. We are taught very early in our development that if you try something and it doesn't work; move on and try something else. Unfortunately, owning a business, much like life, is not that cut and dry. We rarely hear of the pitfalls while someone is making them, especially in business.

This blog is a construction zone which means, I'm not an authority. Clearly!! I've broken bones and I’m here to tell you, if you’re lucky, you will have the chance to break some bones too. My goal is to limit the number of bones you break with brutal honest (@300 words) using personal stories, current events, or lyrics to a song to help you in your journey. Daily tweets @HowToFailAtBiz.

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Artistic Solutions, Creative Event Planning and Productions


AS is a boutique company, going beyond event design and focuses on event management and luxury concierge services. AS insures clients receive the lavish attention and accommodation for which they are familiar. Her formula for success includes P.I.E. TM (Planning, Implementation and Evaluation). Her motto is, “Event planning is not brain surgery however; it requires a formula for success.”


Chicago Association of Minority Recruiters (CAMR)

Vice President, External Affairs

Black Creativity MSI

Council Member

South Shore Drill Team

Resource and Organizational Consultant

Chicago Foundation for Women

Special Events Coordinator

McCormick Tribune Foundation

Program Associate

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Central Indiana

Project Management, Intern

Columbia College Chicago

Special Events Coordinator

Loyola University of Chicago

Certificate of Philanthropy

City University of New York-Baruch College

MPA, Philanthropy

Columbia College Chicago

BA, Liberal Arts

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