Events by Lady K is led by Ryan Kroening with an incredible team of consultants that can be called upon depending on your event needs.

Orionna Brisbois

  • Early in life, Orionna discovered her entrepreneurial spirit as a business owner of Dust Bunnies, LLC. Her goal was to create a clean, fresh, and organized environment for her clients. Her incredible attention to detail enabled her business to grow into new opportunities including wedding and special event planning.Wanting to expand her knowledge and networks, Orionna explored an opportunity with the restaurant Buca de Beppo.  This lead to almost a decade with the business where she held many management positions and responsibilities including front of house manager, Chef, and trainer. Her work with Buca lead her to travel throughout the United States to open new restaurants, train new employees, and empower managers. These years with Buca sharpened her skills in customer service, quality product presentation, training and managing employees.Her diverse careers and social consciousness has afforded Orionna a balance of work, education, travel, and service.  In formal education, Orionna earned her degree in Fine Arts with honors and an emphasis in Spanish. Her language skills afforded her the opportunity to further her education on a personal level through involvement with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). YWAM brought her to teach English in Panama, build schools in the Dominican Republic, explore the magnificent states of Mexico, as well as the southern countries of Asia.Orionna loves moments of creative inspiration. Her expressions lead her to draw, sew, and cook all types of cuisine. You will also find her out for a long runs and bike rides. Orionna grew up in the west suburbs of Minneapolis. She comes from a family of 11, so there are not many things she’s not competitive about – which further drives her desire to do the best work for clients with Events by Lady K.

Sarah Fastner

  • Sarah’s love for all things Events began back as an undergraduate at the College of Saint Benedict. This is where she learned to use her love of the details and logistics by assisting in planning concerts, dances and all types of party events. Now with 18+ years of experience in the Events industry, her journey has run the gamut from planning fundraising events for local community health charities to many years in academia at the University of Minnesota working in Student Affairs. True to her St. Ben’s roots, Sarah has a passion for leadership training and opportunities specifically for women. This lead her to become a 10 year active member of The Junior League of Saint Paul. Through that amazing run, she was lucky enough to connect with some wonderful women. One connection led to another that inspired her to follow her passion for fashion. In 2013, Sarah started her dream job of personal wardrobe styling with The Stylist Online. Sarah believes looking great should be accessible to any woman on any budget. She loves to help clients add that extra splash to their closet through color, pattern, texture and accessories! She knows that when a woman realizes her unique beauty, her positive energy is carried throughout her day and to all who cross her path. Sarah loves being a part of the Events by Lady K team! The wonderful relationships, daily creativity and ability to also use the left side of her brain are truly the trifecta.

Ben Rue

  • Ben’s passion for events and helping people began at a very young age. As the son of a wedding planner, Ben has been on site lending a helping hand at events since 8 years old. Born in Monrovia, Liberia but raised in Fridley Minnesota; Ben is proud to call himself a Minnesotan. He attended the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities where he studied Political Science and served as Social Programming Chair for the Resident Housing Association; planning and executing social events for the 6,500+ students that lived in University student housing.After the U of M, Ben moved to New York City for a once in a lifetime Event Production Internship at MKG; an Experiential Marketing Firm that creates experiences that help brands show people not only what they are but who they are. While at MKG Ben was involved in the planning, design, and execution of large scale events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, the New York Wine and Food Festival, and the groundbreaking of the new Whitney Museum. After his internship Ben stayed on at MKG as a freelance consultant and went on to manager events for Joe Fresh in East Hampton and Heineken Beer at the the 2014 US Open. While in New York Ben also had the extraordinary opportunity to work at the exclusive member’s only Soho House as a Club Receptionist and Member Relations Associate. Noted for their upscale celebrity clientele and outstanding service; the Soho House allowed Ben to hone his customer service skills and ability to form lasting relationships while instilling in him the “yes, yes, yes” can do attitude that he prides himself on to this day.After five years in NYC, Ben is ecstatic to be back in Minneapolis doing what he loves most; planning events that make a positive difference in his community. Since being back Ben has been honored to work with astounding organizations, becoming involved with volunteer opportunities and attending social functions.In his free time Ben enjoys art, music, theater, traveling, and adventuring in the great outdoors. He enjoys both cooking and dining out at one of Minneapolis’ great restaurants and taking in the beauty of the city.

Becky Saltzman about-becky

  • As someone whose passion led her to a Masters degree in nonprofit management from Hamline University, Becky Saltzman is focused on how to further intercultural social justice within the constraints of traditional nonprofits and events planning scenarios. She is a freelance consultant whose involvement in intercultural activism spans many years and is rooted in her Jewish identity.

    As an out bisexual femme identified woman, Becky has be previously worked with OutFront Minnesota and PFund Foundation. Her organizational involvement also includes time with the BECAUSE Conference, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance.

    Becky was the proud the recipient of a 2010 Breaking the Silence Award from the University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office and of a Lavender Community award in 2014 from Lavender Magazine.

    During the warmer months you will often find Becky out with friends at 5k obstacles courses and other muddy events. She is avid karaoke fan and participant, loves a good theme party, and will forever be a camp counselor at heart.

Allison Smith Steffenhagenabout-allison

  • Allison graduated from UW-Stout in 2006 with a B.A. in psychology and a specialization in International studies and an emphasis on french area studies. While studying in France, Allison learned many important values such as; the art of hosting, how to deal with different cultural norms in business, and how to always serve the best cheese and wine.

    She worked at Lowertown Lofts Apartments in Saint Paul as a concierge and leasing consultant from 2008-2014. In 2010, Allison was nominated for a MADACS award for best leaser in MN. Her fantastic track record with customer service, and attention to detail is showcased during her time as a concierge where she was able to hone her hospitality skills through hosting events, helping residents with day to day tasks, and much more.  She was certified as a concierge with the National Concierge Association (NCA) and in 2013 she won the MN NCA volunteer of the year award, and went on to also win at the national level.

    Allison is proud to serve on the board for the local nonprofit chorus VocalPoint.  She is also their events coordinator and on the events committee for the Saint Paul Art Crawl.

    In her free time, Allison enjoys book club, spending time with family, cuddling her cats Kitty Cavanaugh and Geordie Boot Boy, and traveling.

And others depending on the needs of the client and the event!

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