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Lisa WareDirector of Business Development & Special ProjectsCatering by Michaels

Lisa Ware is the Director of Business Development & Special Projects at Catering by Michaels. She came to Chicago via Indianapolis and has never looked back. She has spent the last five years building her personal brand and developing lifelong relationships in the Chicago events world. While juggling an impressive portfolio of corporate, social and headliner events, she has also held a position on an International Live Events Association (ILEA) Chapter Board for 8 years. She most recently finished her second term as Chicago Chapter President for ILEA and is now the Immediate Past President. Lisa was recognized in August 2018 as a member of Connect Association magazine's "40 Under 40." ( The honor highlights the top young professionals in the events industry. Connect Association is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the meetings and events industry. In Lisa's "off time", she can often be found masterminding a personal home dinner party for family and friends or traveling the globe gathering inspiration for upcoming events.