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The Institute of Wedding & Event Design was established in 2009 with the goal of educating independent event designers the physical techniques to executing beautifully designed events. The skills learned through IWED’s Accredited Event Designer program have allowed small & medium-sized businesses to be more efficient during execution, expand on the services offered and increase their overall bottom line.

IWED has traveled across the United States, Canada & Australia teaching individuals from all walks of life and of all age ranges, with countless student success stories, many of which are featured in our monthly “Student Spotlight” – IWED continues to develop new methods and content of delivering our critically acclaimed course.

In 2014 the Institute of Wedding & Event Design launched IWED Online, a home-based education platform utilizing the incredibly powerful Canvas Infrastructure, used by universities and fortune 500 companies alike. The video-rich curriculum allows students to learn at their own pace in the comfort of their home, and then submit their designs for grading and critique by our AED certified instructors.

We pride ourselves on our curriculum, our knowledgeable and helpful staff, and our passion to help those who want to establish themselves within the event industry.

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Our Valuable Team Members

James Lester
James LesterCreative Director
With a strong creative drive and true passion for product development within the wedding & event industry, James has showcased his ability to identify decor trends and keep ahead of the curve time and time again. James has spent the previous 4 years travelling across the United States, Canada & Australia, helping event professionals establish their business, save time in the execution of events, and become more profitable.
Andrew Walker
Andrew WalkerChief Financial Officer
Andrew is a serial entrepreneur having started over 10 different companies in 4 different countries. Andrew ensures that the entire IWED team are able to execute their duties on a budget that enables us to provide our industry-leading education at cutting edge prices.
Sheila Lester
Sheila LesterCo-founder & Instructor
Sheila Lester is one of the co-founders of IWED Global as well as one of IWED’s talented instructors. In conjunction with being a driving force behind IWED’s success – Sheila owns and operates a full-service Wedding & Event decor business operating in multiple cities across Canada.
Benjamin Lowrey
Benjamin LowreyDir. Business Development
Benjamin, after completing 6 North American tours and 1 international tour with IWED, heads up international expansion, curriculum development and marketing for IWED. With a strong knowledge of the IWED curriculum and its target market, Benjamin has helped propel IWED into an internationally recognized leader in the event education industry.
Nicole Blackwelder
Nicole BlackwelderDir. Student Services
Nicole has an extensive background in both sales and client services. By delivering an unparalleled level of customer service – Nicole ensures all IWED students, new and alumni, have the resources, knowledge and drive to make the most out of their IWED experience!
Heidi Rossiter
Heidi RossiterInstructor
Heidi’s extensive experience in the wedding, event & floral industry makes her an ideal Lead Instructor. Having taught over 40 IWED classes, Heidi is able to deliver the IWED curriculum with an incredibly amount of skill and finesse.
Tina Boucher
Tina BoucherInstructor
Tina is one of our highly-qualified Instructors who also happens to be one of our first IWED Alumni! Having used the skills and technique learned in IWED to grow her highly successful wedding & event design business back home, Tina’s passion for IWED and its student is unrivaled!
Jackie Phillips
Jackie PhillipsInstructor
Jackie is another of our highly talented IWED instructors! Having been part of the team since the very beginning, Jackie is an incredible asset to the IWED team and juggles many roles between IWED instructor, decorator extraordinaire and unbeatable shortstop!
Jose Espinoza
Jose EspinozaDir. Logistics
Jose is our CDL-certified Logistic Directors who is responsible for ensuring the IWED Global team have everything they need, muscle included, to deliver an unrivaled IWED experience. Jose also has extensive knowledge of Event.Decor.Direct products and is our lead salesman for our sister supply company.
Claire Lowrey
Claire LowreyDir. IWED Online
Claire’s understanding of online education delivery platforms makes her a perfect match for our new IWED Online school. Claire spent months working hands-on with the leading education platform, Canvas Instructure, to deliver an incredibly content-rich experience with additional continuing education tools.
Karine Smith
Karine SmithCreative Assistant & Product Sourcing
Karine is an integral part of IWED’s creative decor solutions. Karine works with global suppliers to find the best products & decor materials for the IWED inventory. By anticipating up & coming decor trends, Karine ensures that the IWED students are always working with the latest and greatest!
Michael Fisher
Michael FisherContent Development & Video Specialist
Michael is our in-house content developer and video specialist. Having spear-headed the lighting portion of IWED course, as well as shooting & editing of the IWED video series, Michael ensures our alumni have plenty of resources for continuing education.
Laura FeltgenGraphic & Video Specialist
Alina & Rafi
Alina & RafiIWED Motivator & Guard Dog
Alina uses her unparalleled cuteness to motivate the entire IWED team to work hard and be as successful as possible. Rafi is our fearless guard dog who is completely unaware that his bark is far bigger than his bite!