Cathy Genetti

Cathy Genetti

President
Next Level Event Design

With the dual mission to share her passion for events and to assist nonprofits in reaching their goals, Cathy Genetti founded Next Level Event Design in 2009. Cathy is committed to bringing the compassionate expertise of Next Level Event Design to Chicago-area nonprofits, corporations and organizations around the world.

Known as an innovative, quick thinker who works well under pressure, Cathy grew up in the hospitality industry. With a focus on impeccable customer service, thoughtful client interaction and strong rapport-building skills, Cathy was rewarded with returning clients and a desire to build on her success there.

Her wide range of skills includes on and off-premise catering, hotel and restaurant management (every position from dishwasher to general manager), and in event planning and production. Cathy has worked with clients such as Nike, University of Chicago, State Farm Insurance, Chicago Children’s Museum, Absolut Vodka, McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, Adventist Healthcare, Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, and Google. Product launches, building openings and nonprofit fundraisers rank as Cathy’s favorite projects due to their inherent complexity and challenging logistics.

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, Cathy graduated from Rosemont College with a BA in English and German Literature and a minor in Drama. Cathy studied and worked in Germany for several years and is fluent in German and speaks conversational Italian and Spanish. A mother of two and the founder of a Babysitting Co-op and Block Party Organization in her Chicago-Oakwood neighborhood, Cathy is a firm believer in the power of community.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
90%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
55%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
72%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$10,790
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$44,010