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Monique Brizz-Walker

Monique Brizz-Walker

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer

Event Strategies For Success

Brooklyn, NY

Event Strategies For Success is a boutique firm created to show organization leaders how to use events to fund their philanthropy story. I am passionate about working with organizations dedicated to young women and girls, and committed to helping leaders achieve success one event at a time. Photo©Stephanie Badini

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Central Park Conservancy

Director of Individual Giving

As Director of Individual Giving, I worked with a team of professionals committed to raising 75% of the Central Park's $65 million dollar budget to ensure a beautiful and welcoming urban oasis. Through stewardship, cultivation and specially created events, I partnered with the Development team to engage donors around the Conservancy's work to ensure Central Park's future.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Special Events

During my 12 year tenure at LDF (Sept. 2005 - March 2015 and July 1998 to Jan. 2001), I collaborated with LDF's leadership and staff, consultants and volunteers) to quadruple income generated from the organization's signature gala - the annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner (NEJAD). Income increased from $600,000 to $2.4+ million over a 3-year period (2006-2008). In just 10 years, more than $20 million was raised for the organization's mission and programs.

Other responsibilities included planning and managing income and cultivation events in New York City and throughout the country. Managing the special events' annual budget of $2+ million.

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Brooklyn College Foundation

Director of Special Events

Served as a co-Chair of Brooklyn College’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. Produced a community-wide celebration with participation from the Mayor, Elected Officials, Trustees 
and Donors, Community Leaders, Alumni and Friends.
Successfully planned and managed the Best of Brooklyn, Brooklyn College’s annual fundraiser which grossed $700,000.
Lastly, I created and managed the special events’ annual operations budget.

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American Folk Art Museum

Director, Special Events

I had the pleasure of joining the AFAM team during the final construction of its $24 million building and successfully managed the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the build-out of the Museum’s cafe and selection of the in-house caterer.
In this role I was also able to create the Museum’s 1st space rental policy, designed to generate significant revenue, and serve as the primary liaison with corporations and individuals when hosting private functions.
This position afforded me the opportunity to work alongside AFAM's Trustees, Leadership, Consultants and Stakeholders to plan and execute the Museum’s week-long opening festivities and its first major fundraiser which generated more than $800,000.
Lastly, I created and managed the special events annual operations budget for the Museum.

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Brooklyn Museum of Art

Special Events Associate

Planned fundraising and cultivation events with the Manager of Special Events.
Worked with Museum Curators to plan exclusive events for the newly created Art Councils, to enhance fundraising and increase each department's base of support.
Worked on the the Museum’s first space-rental policy for private events.
Supported the Community Committee with planning the
 Annual Gala.

Marymount Manhattan College

Bachelor of Arts, Communications (Organizations)

My educational journey was one of the most defining moments in my life. While in college, I can honestly say I began to see glimpses of the life I wanted to create. Learning the fine art of balancing my educational pursuit, and adding value through my extra-curricular and volunteer efforts, set the stage for my life as it exits today.