Venerable Wisdom & New Tech

Pleasanton, California
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Venerable Wisdom & New Tech
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Events at Hub
5341 Owens Court
Pleasanton, California 94588

Meet & Eat: Enjoy networking and lunch with plenty of time to catch up with friends old and new.

Presentation: How to find your best path in business with the New Big Tech Presented by Tobey Dodge, CSEP

Tobey will share her insights into the evolution and revolution of the wedding business.  We will learn where we are going and how those changes affect your business! Here are a few of the topics Tobey will discuss.

  • Business changes with the growth of websites
  • Clinging to old ways vs. embracing online tools-the cost in efficiency and productivity
  • The role of TV reality wedding shows
  • How to harness the galloping horse of technology and get the clients you want


About Tobey Dodge   Tobey is one of the leading authorities in Southern California’s wedding planning industry. Nearly 1,000 couples have personally benefited from Tobey’s expertise.  Thousands more have absorbed her ideas and words of wisdom through numerous speaking engagements, seminars, press interviews and consulting assignments. Her weddings have graced the covers of People, appeared in “Inside Weddings,” “Ceremony,” and the LA Times. Even the publishers of Here Comes the Guide (Hopscotch Press, 1996) have turned to Tobey for her expertise for the first Southern California edition.

Tobey’s career evolved through a series of happy circumstances segueing from teaching fine art for Torrance Unified School District to designing for the housewares and gift industries while beginning to raise her own family. As her children matured, she took on a leadership role as Vice President of Product Development, traveling frequently to Asia and Europe, designing new products and patterns for tabletop items.

In 1988, Tobey recognized an opportunity to return to a more personally creative livelihood when she met Millie Annenberg of Wedding Dreams who introduced her to the wedding industry. Not long after, Tobey launched The Wedding Connection by Tobey Dodge, a full-service consulting and coordinating service. Tobey has evolved into an industry leader, personally training and mentoring more than 50 aspiring event planners.

A Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), Tobey has served as Educational Chairperson and board member for the International Special Event Society, Co-Director of the Association of Bridal Consultants in the G.L.A. area and more recently as the Wish Granter Chair for Wish Upon a Wedding, a non-profit organization.

Tobey is a published author. Her book, The Other Side of the Aisle, published in 2015, shares the story of how she serendipitously found her way to entrepreneurship as well as the lessons she learned along the way as she overcame many challenges to find success, love, and happiness.

Tobey’s third act won’t come as any surprise that she found a way to keep her finger in the pie of weddings today.  After a long and storied career as a wedding planner, Tobey wasn’t ready just yet to hang up her event radios and cut her ties to the wedding industry. She tried consulting strictly to industry businesses for a while, but the satisfaction of working directly with brides and grooms still enticed Tobey to find a way to reach out and find a way to help couples planning their weddings.

After nearly three years of investigating and testing, Prepaired was born.
Prepaired is all about giving couples peace of mind. The platform’s dynamic algorithm matches them with the vendors, venues, and planners that are right for them. The savvy platform and organizational tools help couples, venues and vendors manage everything in one simple place. The result is a smarter, easier wedding-planning process for everyone.

Registration Fee: $75

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