Columbus, OH Wedding & Event Planners Conference

Turning a Vision into Reality

Hi, I’m Lucretia Williams! I’m a happy wife to a great husband and mommy to three beautiful girls. I’m a proud graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Family Financial Management.  Planning events while in college sparked my desire to become an event planner and open my own business.  I’m the owner of Distinct Event Planning and founder of the EmpoWEred Planners Society. My work has been published in magazines and blogs on multiple occasions and I’ve written five published articles. None of my accomplishments would exist without the help of my family and a great team. I love teamwork! 


I’m beyond thrilled for you to join our network of wedding and event planners. My goal is to create a platform for you to connect with other creative professionals and build your network – it’s like having your own personal cheerleading session. Who doesn’t like to be cheered for?  I certainly do!  My team and I are planning our EmpoWEred Planners Conference (EPC) right here in Columbus, Ohio! We’ve developed an amazing agenda packed full of industry tools and best practices that you’ll be able to apply to your business immediately. We have an incredible line up of sought-after industry pros who are eager to share their experiences and industry knowledge with you. The EPC will offer an atmosphere of sharing, education and a whole lot of high-fiving. Trust me – you’ll make some long-lasting friendships. If you’re passionate about collaborating, teamwork and encouraging others, then you’re a perfect match to join our society and our conference. I look forward to connecting with you soon! Let’s Do This!

In creating a boss team of women, I was very strategic in selecting women who have the heart for “togetherness.”  Some of them are awesome moms, creatives and entrepreneurs and they all own the spirit of EMPOWERMENT. They each bring their unique talents and gifts to our team.  I am most fortunate to have them stand beside me as we build the EmpoWEred Planners Society TOGETHER.


Meet these incredible ladies: 

Empowered Planners Society - Taylor Keene
Taylor Keene

Hi! My name is Taylor Keene and I am the Catering Manager at the award-winning Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Stefanie Lauvray - Empowered Planners Society
Stefanie Lauvray

Hi! I’m Stefanie Lauvray, founder of Alternative Hitches Fine Paper and Stationery, LLC. 

WillaMarie Jackson - Empowered Planners Conference
WillaMarie Jackson

Hi! I’m WillaMarie Jackson, the owner/event planner for

Ivy and Pearls Event Planning, LLC.

Khalila Hayden - Empowered Planners Society, Columbus, OH
Khalila Hayden

Hi! My name is Khalila Hayden and I’m a wife and mom, whose superpower is writing!