Melissa Jakes, CEO + Founder of Rescue Event Planning, a Washington DC-based boutique event planning firm for influencers, organizations, and corporations. During her career, she has been the right-hand event guru behind some of the most epic weddings, conferences, summits, event productions, baby showers, birthday parties, and other amazing events.
Her clients have actually given her the prestigious title of “The Olivia Pope Events”. Now that most live events are pivoting to an online/virtual format during the pandemic, Melissa’s expertise in online event planning is a hot commodity. According to Melissa, she enjoys and takes great pride in her event planning process.“Honestly, providing clients with a great experience during the event process is truly why I love my business.”
In addition to Live And Online Event Planning Services, Melissa and her company Rescue Event Planning also provides several course offerings on various topics related to event planning and entrepreneurship. She gives business owners the tools and services to balance career, business ownership, and management with family. Melissa has spoken at several events such as Facebook Boost event, Event Planner Expo 2020 & 2021. Rescue Event Planning has been featured in several publications and podcasts; Event Planner Association podcast, Rent My Wedding Magazine 2019 and 2020, Morgan State University, iHeart radio, CEO Blog Nation, BET Influencer, recently named Best Planner of the East 2020, Best of Arlington 2021, and Comcast RISE Award Recipient.
She provides entrepreneurs with special tools to combat what she calls “FWD” (Fear, Worry, Doubt) obstacles in order to break through and become successful owners. She also provides potential professional event planners and everyday novices with the tools to create epic events on their own. This includes offering an event planning template, tips & tricks not just for live events, but also for the new world online event formats, and business planning and social media management services.