Mary listed as Top 25 Young Event Pros to Watch


Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP, Founder and CEO of The Simplifiers, is among the top 25 young special event professionals globally to watch in 2015, according to Special Events magazine. Baird-Wilcock, age 37, relocated the headquarters of her events business from Austin, Texas to the Creative Quarter in Nottingham, England last summer 2014 and most recently participated in the Next Business Generation (NBG) accelerator in spring 2015, winning “Best Pitch Presentation.”

“Every year, the Advisory Board of Special Events singles out 25 young event professionals, saluting their brains, talent and vision. Do you want to see what the future of special events will look like? Look right here,” says Lisa Hurley, editor of Special Events magazine.

The magazine recognizes Baird-Wilcock for her work “as an event planner, producing memorable event experiences that positively impact the world and as a mentor, teaching others the insider tips on how to become superhero event producers and see the details that most overlook.” Baird-Wilcock tops the list among young professionals from major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Baird-Wilcock will be stepping up as a Director-at-Large onto the Board of Governors of the International Special Events Society (ISES) in August 2015, serving and overseeing education for 53 chapters globally and over 6000+ members worldwide.

“I am thrilled and humbled to make the list, sharing the honor with some of the best and brightest events professionals in the world,” says Baird-Wilcock, CSEP, “As an event planner, mentor, entrepreneur, creative artist and a mother of two under 7 years old, I’m excited to bring this award to the East Midlands, representing Nottingham’s thriving entrepreneurial community.”

The Simplifiers specialize in producing non-traditional events with an edge (weddings, corporate and social events). In addition, their latest product offering is The Apprentice Program, an eLearning 6-week online training course for wedding planners and their millennial interns, teaching them to think fast on their feet and learn the critical topics of wedding planning, which is revolutionizing the way event professionals mentor their interns and apprentices worldwide.



Special Events magazine, founded in 1982, is the oldest trade publication for special events professionals worldwide and has been a partner of the International Special Events Society since 1985.


The Simplifiers are an award-winning full-service event planning firm, launched in 2003 and headed by CEO, Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP. Thought leaders in online events education via The Apprentice Program and winner of 2015 Best of Weddings by The Knot, Baird-Wilcock is only 1 of 400 worldwide who are CSEP certified as a Certified Special Events Professional…in short, she knows her stuff.

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