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Roxanne Rukowicz Ladd, Behind the Scenes Events

COLUMN = EVENTS

Ranked one of Washington, DC’s top meeting and event planners since 2009 by the Washington Business Journal, Roxanne Rukowicz Ladd’s Behind the Scenes Events, opened its doors in July of 2008 with a single concept in mind: to offer organizations access to an affordable, full-service meeting-and-event-planning solution.

Having worked in the Washington, DC, meeting and event industry for over a decade, Roxanne started her career at the Greater Washington Board of Trade in 1999. Her experience with this influential regional network of business leaders allowed her hands-on training from the start. What began as a mere temporary work assignment later progressed into a position as general manager as she excelled at each advanced meeting-and-event-planning position she held.

Her extensive association and nonprofit planning skills are accented by experience working in the social and entertainment markets. Positions with The Walt Disney Companies and as a freelance wedding and special-event coordinator have featured opportunities with A-list celebrity clients and top-ranking government officials.

With a commitment to excellence and a focus on the customer experience, Roxanne and her Behind the Scenes Events team create and produce exemplary meetings and events that drive an organization’s mission and goals.

For more information, visit www.behindthescenesdc.com and check out Roxanne’s highly helpful events-planning blog, http://btsevents.blogspot.com/.

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‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

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‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

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