Janis has spent more than 25 years in special events management and fund-raising, including marketing, public relations, advertising, and graphic design. In 2001, she formed Dinwiddie Events LLC, an event management and consulting firm. Her breadth of experience as an event planner, along with a lengthy association with business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, offers clients a unique combination of skills and expertise.
For 18 years, she held senior positions at two of Los Angeles’ major museums. As Director of Sales and Special Projects at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Janis directed a multi-million special events effort, including the renowned annual Autry Gala. She helped to launch the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale and produced numerous concerts with major recording artists.
As Director of Special Events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Janis produced more than 200 events annually, including dinners for heads of state and royalty, a dinner filmed as a scene in an Academy Award winning movie, inaugural events for three major building openings, and many feature film premieres.
Janis has received a number of industry awards and was featured in the Robb Report as one of five event planners who "... have risen to the top of their highly competitive profession."
While there may be plenty of people who can pull off an event with efficiency, expertise, style, and on budget, to find someone who does it with creativity, art, charm, and joy as well, is to find someone special. Janis Dinwiddie is such a person—someone who gives much more than is expected so as to surprise and thrill.
— Robin Preiss Glasser