Heartfelt Connections, Lasting Impressions

Infuse life into your event + engagement strategy.

We help brands thrive by crafting unforgettable connections and elevating engagement through in-person and hybrid events, along with year-round interactions.

Leverage the power of events to grow your brand and uplift your community.

Fueling your grand vision involves not just big dreams, but a connected audience united by a shared mission. Our tailored expertise is designed to amplify those connections, turning your aspirations into reality.

Our Expertise, Your Ease

Event Planning

From concept to execution, we meticulously craft seamless and unforgettable experiences tailored to your unique vision and audience. We leverage our expertise to simplify your event planning so you can focus on your genius and we can ensure your events give you unparalleled ROI and build deeper connections between you and your community.

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Year-Round Engagement

Our event company goes beyond one-time gatherings, creating a continuous connection between brands and their audiences. From memorable in-person events to sustained virtual + hybrid interactions, we ensure your brand remains at the forefront, fostering lasting relationships & meaningful engagements throughout every season.

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Elevate your community engagement and create lasting memories through uniquely tailored experiences that speak volumes about the personal touch you bring to every interaction. In addition to your events, we work with you to really go the extra mile for your community. These touch points are personal and thoughtful to take your impact to the next level.

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About Our Founder:
Liz King Caruso

I LOVE PLANNING EVENTS. But it’s not about the design or the menu planning or the excitement (although all of that is fun). What I really love about events is the strategic power they have to produce results.
I have had the opportunity to work with thought leaders in various industries to plan conferences, product launches and other events to meet their strategic goals and I’d love the opportunity to help you do the same.

In fact, I’m so passionate about events that I also help educate fellow industry professionals about creating great events through speaking, consulting and hosting my own events.

We look forward to working with you!

Recognized throughout the industry as an innovator & change maker.

3 Things You Should Know About Us

Our expertise & previous work experience help set up your business for long-term success. 

We're Focused on One Thing: Success

We'll be the first to admit that events can be a waste of money and resources, but it doesn't have to be that way. We treat your budget as if it was our own and help you make decisions on how your investment can provide the target ROI for your brand without wasting throughout the process.

Our Experience Makes The Process Simple

You won't find us adding more meetings to your calendars or giving you a thousand confusing options. We're laser focused on maximizing your time and making it easy for you to keep tabs on our progress in a transparent way.

We Believe It's All In the Details

We love being able to focus on the personalization & strategy that makes a difference. We take the time to get to know your community members so we can really make an impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of events are your specialty?

We have worked with a wide variety of events. While we've planned events with thousands of people at the United Nations building and worked with the secret service and celebrities, our main specialty is in supporting forward-thinking entrepreneurial clients with BIG visions to expand and connect with their audience through a holistic events strategy. Our expertise spans in-person, virtual, and hybrid modalities.

Additionally, we assist these brands in fostering stronger connections within their communities by implementing strategies that generate personalized and unforgettable moments for their members.

What's your work process like?

Once we have your sign-off on the overall plan, we establish a set of recurring meetings (typically monthly leading up to the event and then weekly in the last month). We also set up our shared documents so you can keep tabs on our progress as we go along. We'll introduce you more to our systems for your success when we get to this phase!

How do you structure your pricing?

In simple terms, our proposal will clearly state a fixed fee, possibly divided into categories for clarity, depending on the scope of the services outlined.

While we can handle specific aspects of your event, like finding a venue, our best results come from being part of the entire planning process. We'll be transparent about our scope, costs, and how you can ensure we're meeting your needs throughout the process.

Why work with a professional event planner?

While your administrative assistant or marketing person can probably throw a pretty good event, here are some main reasons why hiring our team is a better bet.

  • TIME: Your team already has assigned roles and lots of work to do. Adding an event is a complicated and time-consuming process that they simply don't always have time for. 

  • EXPERIENCE: Because this is all we do for the past 15+ years, we know what it takes to throw a good event. We know vendors and what works (and what doesn't). We're familiar with the best ways to prep speakers, engage sponsors and make the most of every hour and dollar you spend on this event. 

    In addition, we've built our own brands and events, so we have extensive experience on the host side as well. We know how to help you tie these events into your overall strategy and really make sure they reach your goals. 

How do we get started?

We start the process with a quick call to learn more about your vision for your events, budget, goals and more. In this call, we'll ask all the big things we need to know to prepare your proposal.

The proposal will help you align the level of service you need & want with the investment you want to make in your events.

How much time do I need to plan my event?

It all depends on the size and complexity. We've planned a conference + 100 pop up events in 6 weeks, but we definitely prefer to plan 6-9 months before your event. Especially post-pandemic, we're seeing venues book up very far in advance and quickly rising costs so we need time to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck and your attendees have the best experience. 

Can you provide creative ideas to make our events better?

Yes! This is absolutely the joy we have in working with clients. We're very tech savvy and connected to trends in events & marketing. We're also very familiar with growing a brand so we know what's important to you and we love to share ideas that will help you reach your goals. 

Can you provide references?

Absolutely! We're happy to connect you with a few past or current clients so you can learn more about our work from the client side. 

Will we have a detailed contract?

Absolutely. Once we have an agreed upon scope from our proposal, we'll provide our detailed contract that you can review so you have all the details you need upfront. 

Our strong relationships with customers are based on trust

When I'm working with them, I don't worry.

“Producing events is absolutely stressful whether the events are in-person or online. Over the past few years I’ve come to rely on the H&H team to partner with me and Smart Hustle to produce events. I know what I do best – overall vision for an event, hosting and speaking. I also know what I don’t do best – the detailed technical production, agenda review, speaker and sponsor coordination and 479 other details that it takes to have a successful event. The H&H team are first rate professionals, who respond quickly and get the job done. When I’m working with them, I don’t worry – in fact, I real relieved and they alleviate my stress levels.”


Ramon Ray

CEO, Smart Hustle Media

One of the few organizers who has vast experience with virtual, live and hybrid events.

“Liz is a fast paced, innovative and practical event planner. She understands technology and is one of the few organizers who has vast experience with virtual, live and hybrid events. Most importantly, she has a can-do attitude and is a pleasure to work with.”


Alon Alroy

Co-Founder, CMO and CCO, Bizzabo

Helped us to deliver our first ever successful live event and several on-demand sessions.

“Liz was fantastic to work with! In a matter of less than one month, she was able to help our organization pivot our 35th annual conference to a virtual conference! As a small non-profit with a limited budget, Liz listened to our needs, designed creative solutions, and helped us to deliver our first ever successful live event and several on-demand sessions. She is extremely professional and has outstanding communication and customer service skills!”


Kristina Allwood

Program Manager, Institute for Human Services

LKE went above and beyond in helping us plan our event.

“Four weeks from the date of the first ever On Deck Conference, we had serious doubts that we’d be able to successfully launch our new event. Our previous events company quit on us at short notice, leaving us in the lurch with little previous event planning experience to draw on. Luckily for us, our event and our attendees, H&H was able to step up to the plate and take over the management of our conference on short notice. From their work in the lead up to the event to their flawless day-of execution, H&H went above and beyond in helping us plan our event. We would heartily recommend them to anyone looking for top-notch, professional event planning and execution services.”


Will Flaherty

Director of Communications, SeatGeek

Liz’s knowledge of technology and the application to the events industry is truly unparalleled.

“Liz King recently served as our Keynote Speaker at the first annual MPI Georgia and SITE Southeast Tech Summit in Atlanta, GA on March 17, 2016. Her expertise, poise, diverse knowledge of the industry proved to be the foundation we needed to kick-off the meeting. So many of the attendees commented they would come again to a meeting just to hear Liz King speak…and I concur. Liz’s knowledge of technology and the application to the events industry is truly unparalleled. She brings such a unique perspective and yet she makes us feel like we can all be experts by the end of her talk.”


Colleen McQuone

President, McQ1 Meetings

Liz is highly regarded as one of the most influential social media bloggers and marketing personalities in the events industry.

“Liz is highly regarded as one of the most influential social media bloggers and marketing personalities in the events industry. Her name alone gives any event instant credibility.”


Lindsay Fultz

Brand Partnerships and Strategy, Influencer Relations, TheAmplify

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