Dannella Burnett is a successful entrepreneur, speaker, author, and CEO and Founder of Encore Elite Events, a world-class event marketing & management company that helps entrepreneurs and organizations share their passion, reach a greater audience, and build profitable relationships. She is also the owner and founder of Oakwood Occasions, a full-service event and hospitably company that focuses on traditional event planning services, such as weddings, festivals, expos, and employee appreciate events. As a professional speaker, Dannella frequently speaks about topics related to women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, overcoming obstacles, and event best practices for maximizing influence and ROI. She is a creative force that believes in the concept of “multiple streams of income” and always finding a “win-win-win” solution for any problem or obstacle.
Dannella has worked in the culinary and special events industry since the age of 16. It all began with a love of food and inspiration from the well-known “Julia Child”. She has multiple degrees, including culinary arts and food service management from Johnson and Wales University. She earned gold medals in both London and Germany for the International Culinary Competitions, among the many awards she has received.
Following college, she managed restaurants, catered and coordinated events, and produced weddings in Washington DC and Virginia. Dannella has always had the ability to bridge the gap between vision and execution. In 2001, Dannella moved to Georgia to be closer to family. In 2009, when her husband lost his job in the construction field, Dannella created Oakwood Occasions to provide North Georgia with quality event solutions and to support her family. “Necessity may be the mother of invention, but mothers are inventive by necessity” says Dannella.
Dannella has been featured in several publications and won awards across North Georgia. She was named “Gwinnett Magazine’s People to Know and Best Event Planner in North Georgia” for 2 years in a row. Dannella also has a heart for serving others. For four years, her company office has been an “intern site” for Project Success, serving young adults with special needs. Dannella was also just selected a “Power Of The Purse Community Hero” for the launch of Project RePurse, serving women in recovery and transitioning from domestic violence or other difficulties.