Hillary Needle, President of Hillary Needle Events Inc., has more than 20 years of senior management expertise in event planning. Her experience includes serving as the Director of Development for the American Heart Association and then as an Executive Vice President for eight years at a prominent event planning corporation active in fundraising event management for not-for-profit organizations.
Clients value her unique ability to create exciting opportunities to generate revenue and gain recognition for their events. She brings organizational skills and staffing knowledge for a broad spectrum of special events that include large galas, golf outings, networking receptions, food tastings, fashion shows, art auctions and educational symposiums. Hillary is successful in developing and implementing strategies that help organizations brand and grow existing events in addition to building an event from concept to celebration.
Relationship building between corporations and not-for profit organizations is an important factor in the overall success of events. Hillary's experience in networking and developing good matches ensures business community involvement to support the events. In fact, she considers it one of the most satisfying parts of the assignment. Whether it is planning a special event or public relations, creativity is what distinguishes a great event from a good event. Hillary has the professional ability to organize publicity, write speeches and newsletter articles, and create published materials and event journals. In addition to her not-for-profit background, she is accomplished in medical marketing and public relations.
Hillary is a cum laude graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Communications/Journalism. She is proud to give back by serving as Events Co-Chair for the Executive Committee for the Hofstra University Alumni Organization, Chair of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership Campus Connections Committee, an active member of the Nassau County Museum of Art Corporate Committee, the Capital One Bank Financial Literacy Challenge selection committee, the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Long Island and the Melville Chamber of Commerce.
Most recently, Hillary co-presented a workshop for her peers: “Cultivation Before and After the Event” for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter's Annual Philanthropy Day Conference. She enjoyed her roles as Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society “Choose You” Luncheon Committee and as the event producer for the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of ENT/Oncology Golf Classic. Hillary was formerly an active member of the Long Island Fund for Women & Girls annual breakfast committee and the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore-LIJ “Every Woman Matters Walk.”