I wanted to send you a thank you email/update for the class I took last year in October 2015.

I truly believe things happen for a reason. At the time of the class, I was working for a company where I was considered the food girl. I knew I had way more dreams and aspirations than just being someone's lunch assistant.

I didn't think it was possible -- I'm a single-parent mom with two kids. However, I wanted to show my girls to go after your dreams and to be all that you can be. I felt stress -- not only because I wanted an awesome grade, but also because I knew this would be my dream career. I was so happy my oldest daughter could see me graduate. I felt like it helped her understand why some days mommy is a little stressed, because I'm trying to make a change in my life.

Fast forward to February 2016: I start the process on purchasing my first home and my company did a reorganization, and they had to let me go. I was sad, but I was also so thrilled because it was the push I needed to go after my dreams -- a career, and not just a job.

I decided to get out and go door to door to all of the rental tent companies, catering companies and event companies. I was willing to do anything I could to get my foot in the door, including volunteer work.

The day I closed on my home, I had the interview of a lifetime for an Event Coordinator job. I was so nervous that they wouldn't hire me because I didn't have the design training, nor had I ever worked for an event planning company. I showed the HR director my capstone and she thought it was great. I used my capstone for my next round of interviews with the design GM and owner of the company. I landed the job and signed an offer letter in March.

THANK YOU for helping me believe in myself. Taking the class at Emory allowed me to show a finished product, and I was able to learn a great deal about the industry. I have the confidence to say YES, this is the industry I want to be in and YES, I want this career. I was willing to volunteer, I went door to door and I was so proud to tell my girls that dreams really do come true -- but you have to have faith and go after what you want!

  P. Lopez

"The event planning program was a great continuing education opportunity.  The program provided me an opportunity to receive formal training to compliment the professional experience I have received from previous jobs. I started my own wedding and event planning business prior to the class and I am using the knowledge I have gained from the class to further grow my business."

- Ashley M.

"Michael Kloss has an exceptional way of teaching his students the fundamentals of Event Planning, which is priceless.  He brings passion, professional experience and creativity rolled into excellency that challenges the student to plan, implement and deliver the best events.   Each night after class I would speak with my sister in DC regarding my learning experience and she was very excited to hear the teachings of the day.  This class has provide me the proper skills, tools and professional thought process which will give me the edge in the industry of Event Planning. I highly recommend this class and consider it to be one of the best investments I have made."

- Cheryl P.

"The event planning certificate program at Emory University was the best choice I could have made! I have had some past experience assisting with events and during this program, I realized how little I really knew about the event planning process. Every part of this class was interesting and exciting! I even managed to make a few friends and expand my network. The instructor was very knowledgeable about every aspect of event planning which made me feel confident that I was getting a great education and most importantly, my money's worth! The end of course project was intense as it mirrored a real-life event planning assignment, however the A I received on the project was confirmation that all of my hard work had paid off. My advice is to take the Emory Event Planning Certificate Program, you won't regret it!"

- Lauren F.

"THANK YOU again for the incredible learning experience I received in this class. My program directors are so engaged with our upcoming November conference based off of the feedback I gave them from my course."

- Edna P.