MPI-CAC Board Biography
Emily Yao leads the Weddings & Social Team at Paramount Events as the Manager of Catering Sales, specializing in non-profit, social events, and all things wedding. From the first phone call until long after the final bite, Emily and her team work behind-the-scenes - ordering equipment, creating menus, building vendor relationships, writing timelines & more- to ensure each guest experience is flawless..
It all started back in the day when Emily dreamed of opening her own wedding planning agency, which grew quickly into working at David’s Bridal and coordinating on-site events for Radio Disney. She has also worked at Hyatt Hotels, Berghoff Catering and managed events at the historic Chicago Union Station. With over 10 years in the industry, Emily gets the most joy out of the relationships she cultivates throughout the planning process with each client. Bottom line: she love what she does, and you will too.
Emily joined MPI-CAC in 2013 and jumped right into two committees. She received the MPI-CAC Tomorrow’ Leaders Award for 2015-2016. Emily has proudly served as a co-chairperson of the Education Programs Committee (2015-2016) and the Holiday Party Committee (2016-2017) and is excited to be the new Director of Industry Xchange 2017-2018. Her goals this year are to build stronger industry community & connections while giving an education opportunity to all that serve our industry. #GMID18!
During her off days, Emily enjoys staying active, reading, binge watching TV, and eating and talking about food!