Listen in to SPN Webinar 35 as Melissa Lagowski, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Big Buzz Idea Group joins the #SportsPhilanthropy Network to take us through how to strategically build your ideal board to actively support and foster the growth of your organization.
Melissa created Big Buzz Idea Group in November 2004 so Chicagoland nonprofits would have an honest outsourcing partner to bring their largest projects to life. After raising nearly $6 million dollars for clients, Melissa is dedicated to providing full operational support that will allow charitable organizations to run more effectively.
With 26 years of corporate and nonprofit experience, she has launched and executed large fundraisers, conceived several innovative and lucrative new programs, coordinated a variety of dinners/awards functions and organized numerous conferences/workshops. Her largest project to date is Ribfest Chicago, where she is responsible for every facet of the event including festival promotion, sponsorship development, entertainment booking and vendor management. Having begun with 5,000 attendees, the event now draws 70,000 people annually and was featured on Food Network’s “Eating America” with Anthony Anderson (2014).
Melissa is a member and Executive Director of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago Area Chapter. Awards and accomplishments include the Woman of Influence by The Chicago Business Journal (January 2016); the NAWBO Chicago Presidential Award of Excellence (2014); Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduate (2013); Enterprising Women of the Year (March 2014) by Enterprising Women Magazine; and Influential Women in Business Award by the Daily Herald Business Ledger (2012);
Melissa graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Her program emphasis was on public relations and event planning.
Big Buzz Idea Group is in the business of nonprofit business. They are an association management agency that offers a full suite of services that can be outsourced by any nonprofit organization that needs their busy work handled efficiently and effectively. While large associations or chapters may require the comprehensive services of an Executive Director and the umbrella of operations management to go with it, they provide an a la carte menu for other nonprofits with specific gaps. Their dedicated team of specialists assists with virtual back-office tasks to ensure nonprofits of any size will benefit by saving time and money.