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Vendor Spotlight: Danielle Gibson Events & Take Time to Toast


Who is Danielle Gibson Events?

"We are a boutique corporate event firm based in the beautiful Napa Valley with a refreshing approach to creating unique, all-encompassing experiences. We partner with the top-notch event planning business owners throughout the Bay Area, instead of seeing them as competitors. Our collaborative approach gives us the ability to take on complex events, with rock-solid teams, that clients loudly praise. It also says everything about how we work with you. With over 25 years of experience in managing and motivating teams, DGE founder, Danielle Gibson, not only has return clients, but her support staff has been happy to work by her side in long-term partnerships. Her standards are high, her personality is large and her passion for event planning is both inspiring and contagious. You can’t help feeling it when you work with her." ~Shaina Braun, DGE


How long has DGE been in business?

6 years



What is Take Time to Toast?

"Take Time to Toast is an event series devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs, solopreneurs in any field, and event industry professionals! At TTTT we network, support, encourage, and collaborate. The events create an environment where we can *toast* + celebrate each other and learn from one another’s experiences. We include food + drink, inspiring conversation, educational topics, instagram-worthy photo ops, and some extra special surprises at each event. Attendees will learn from motivational guest speakers from a broad range of backgrounds and enjoy the opportunity to connect with others. We value community and promote collaboration. There’s so much business to go around, and there’s even more when we share it! The concept for Take Time to Toast came at the conclusion of a long corporate event when we brought our incredible contractors together for food, drinks, photo ops, etc. and really took the time to recognize their accomplishments and thank them for a job well done. We walked away from this incredibly cute PARTY feeling inspired, motivated, and anchored in community! It was the best feeling and we’ve implemented it as a part of every event. A thank you like this is few and far between in the events world and Danielle Gibson Events wanted to pioneer this concept to uplift all of us who work so hard. On the same note of uplifting overs, we have also expanded the concept to the public to grow networks and encourage community in industries where working from home, contracting, and freelancing can be lonely and confusing. Our mission is to grow the sense of collaboration over competition and give women a space to meet others, go for support, ask questions, and grow their own businesses!" ~Shaina Braun, TTTT


How long has TTTT been in business?

3 years



Tell us a little about yourself! What is your personal background and why did you start this business?

Founder + CEO: DANIELLE GIBSON Danielle worked in retail management for 11 years, followed by another 10 years in the San Francisco event scene before starting her own event firm, Danielle Gibson Events. When it comes to the details, Danielle is a self-admitted madwoman. She and her team know what’s happening down to the minute. They design unique, all-encompassing experiences each time and TTTT is no exception. Oohs and ahhs are frequently overheard around every corner. Before event planning, Danielle studied Fashion Merchandising and Buying in New York and then put it into practice for 11 years at Gap, Inc. As if that weren’t enough, she is also the Owner and Creative Director of Tallu-lah. Since 2005, Danielle has honed her expertise in envisioning one-of-a-kind events where people have a truly amazing experience. A successful event is much more than an occasion, it’s an experience that touches people’s hearts.


Planner at DGE & COO of Take Time to Toast: SHAINA BRAUN Shaina is a dedicated and proven self-starter. In 2016, Shaina graduated with a degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. A passion for details and pretty pictures (and tbh a childhood dream of Cinderella-esque weddings) lead her to the world of event planning where she was hired by Danielle Gibson Events for her first post-grad career. The go-getter she is, she jumped at the idea of empowering women and making a difference and so Take Time to Toast was born.



About Danielle Gibson:

Not one to sit back and watch the meticulous plan be executed, Danielle will step in to make sure your guests get everything they want and didn’t even know they wanted. She always has her fingers on the pulse of your event. Danielle has honed her expertise in envisioning one-of-a-kind corporate events where people have a truly amazing experience. A successful event is much more than an occasion. It’s an experience that touches people’s hearts. When it comes to the details, Danielle is a self-admitted madwoman. She and her team know what’s happening down to the minute. They design unique, all-encompassing experiences each time, expressed in every special delightful moment. Oohs and ahhs are frequently overheard around every corner. Drawing from the finesse that only comes from years in management, customer service and flawless event execution, Danielle is the professional for professionals who sees eye to eye with executives and board levels. With more than 25 years of hands-on management experience, Danielle worked in retail management for 11 years, followed by another 10 years in the San Francisco event scene before starting her own event firm. Before event planning, Danielle studied Fashion Merchandising and Buying in New York and then put it into practice for 11 years at Gap, Inc. As if that weren’t enough under her stylish belt, she is also the Owner and Creative Director of her fine paperie, Tallu-lah. You know, in her spare time.



What is your favorite part about what you do?

"Bringing people together! Feeling like you're a piece of a powerful community is the best feeling." ~Shaina Braun, TTTT

"Seeing the details come to life and exceeding clients' expectations!" ~Shaina Braun, DGE



What is the purpose or main goal of your business?

"Community and collaboration" ~Shaina Braun, TTTT

"Creating all encompassing event experiences" ~Shaina Braun, DGE



One last tidbit from Shaina:

"We host most events in SF and Napa but are looking to expand in the future and hosted our first ever Virtual Event on 3/26!"


How to get in touch with Take Time to Toast:

https://daniellegibsonevents.com/take-time-toast/


How to get in touch with Danielle Gibson Events:

https://daniellegibsonevents.com/about/




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Maryssa Souza

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