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Behind the Scenes with the Just Popped In! Twins

Behind the Scenes with the Just Popped In! Twins


Wonder what it takes to be a highly regarded woman and business leader in Indianapolis? We have brought in what we are referring to as a Kick-*** Women's Panel. Get ready to not only have brunch vs. lunch, but rub elbows with four of the most influential women locally.

Meet two of our panel speakers, Mandy and Carly, the Just Popped In! twins. Just Pop In! was built on the love of the nostalgic snack, vision of unique recipes, artistic and energetic packaging and providing an unmatchable experience for our clientele.  Their Grandfather is the amazing man who was the catalyst for their affection for popcorn.  In November of 2003, Just Pop In! was realized.  Since it’s inception, Just Pop In! has not only created an excellent product, but it has also served as a platform to support their endearment of philanthropy and the empowerment of local businesses.


What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?

Both Mandy and Carly have a serious love and affection for style, which is displayed in their packaging, products and store locations. They believe popcorn, a scrumptious, colorful and shared treat should be offered in equally delicious packaging.  That is, their pops are represented in hip, vibrant packaging to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Just Pop In! carries collections that complement seasons / holidays, special occasions and even life philosophies. 

 Our mission: 

We believe the quality of our product is equal to the customer service we provide.  In addition, Just Pop In! is dedicated to promoting a culture of happiness, open-mindedness and co-existence.  We feel the commitment to this mission creates a successful pathway for JPI and the partners we represent. 


What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field? 

Just Pop In! was created in 2003 by dynamic twin sisters Mandy & Carly. Our inspiration stemmed from entrepreneurial spirits and nostalgic evenings spent with their grandfather, cooking popcorn over the stove. We learned productive business practices from our corporate job and translated them into a fun-loving, colorful and non-traditional popcorn brand. 


What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

We were excited to be invited by The Emerging Super Bowl Committee in 2012. We had to “try-out”, be interviewed and create and demonstrate a popcorn bar where we would be hired for 5 events throughout Super Bowl 2012. It meant so much to as over 500 companies were interviewed and a select few were chosen, including Just Pop In!


What is one thing people do not know about you?

Growing up, we would spontaneously put on dance performances for anyone who would watch!


If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

Mandy-chef or fashion designer

Carly -crime scene investigator/ civil rights attorney


Come meet Carly and Mandy at our September Brunch on September 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM at The Barn in Zionsville. Hope to see you there!


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Membership Drive

Have you been thinking about joining ILEA? Well now is the perfect time! From August 21st through August 31st, save the $50.00 joining fee.


To sign up follow this link:

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jen Hanshew or Nate Bennett of the ILEA Indiana Chapter at

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Super Pack!

With great food and networking, the ILEA luncheons are something we all look forward to each month. Well now they are going to get even better with Super Pack! When you purchase 6 luncheons at one time, you will receive the 7th one free. To take advantage of this great deal, please email Carrie O’Brien at and start saving!

* This deal is for members only!


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Member Spotlight - Katina Tooley with Baldwin & Lyons

Member Spotlight:

Katina Tooley

Corporate Events Manager

Baldwin & Lyons

Founded in 1930, Baldwin & Lyons specializes in marketing and underwriting insurance for the transportation industry. Backed by their successful history and financial strength, they offer diverse, innovative products in the property and casualty insurance market.

What is your title and position at your current company? 

My title is Corporate Events Manager. I oversee all aspects of our company events, internal and external.

What does your company do? How is it different than others like it? 

Since its founding in 1930, Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. has specialized in marketing and underwriting insurance for the transportation industry. Today, Baldwin is a diversified holding company with seven different operating entities within its structure. Our corporate culture is the backbone of our success. We value and reward passion, dedication, teamwork and collaboration. The collective spirit of the Baldwin & Lyons family is contagious and our employees create the energy that is necessary to succeed, every day.

How many years have you been in the industry? 

I have been in the industry since 2005 with the start of my company, Eclectic Events & Design, LLC.

What was your very first job?

My very first event was a wedding for a friend’s son. I learned a lot from that first event…I worked more hours than expected and didn’t charge enough for those two days alone. Plus, I wore a dress & heels during installs which was just plain stupid on my part.

What lead you in into the event industry? 

I love to plan & design from my earlier days as an Interior Designer so when the opportunity presented itself to branch over into events I couldn’t pass it up.

Why did you decide to join ISES?

I knew if I wanted to learn more the industry, become a recognized event professional and build my event team (other ISES professionals) I needed to become a member.

What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?

I’m looking to continue growing my event team by meeting new members, continue my education within the industry and plan to sit for the CSEP exam in the future.

What is your most memorable event? Why?

There have been so many memorable events from weddings and social events to the current corporate events I plan. It’s hard to narrow it down to one. My past wedding clients hold a special place in my heart because I was able to be a part of their special day from sharing that moment before the bride walked down the aisle to keeping everyone in check when things get a bit out of hand.  Some of those clients I am still in touch with today via social media which allows me to share in their excitement when they grow their families and develop their careers.There are many memorable corporate events as well from meeting celebrities, race car drivers to other professional athletes and team owners, it’s hard to narrow it down. I’m just excited that I’ve had the opportunity to meet such fascinating people along the way.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

There isn’t much that most people don’t know about me…I’m a wife to an amazing husband, a mother of three wild-n- crazy boys and I love my family & friends. Now there is one thing most don’t know…I would have loved to of had the chance to be a backup dancer during my twenties. I’ve always thought of myself as J’ Lo but my kids think of me as Elaine on Seinfeld.

If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? 

Performing in some way, shape or form. The event business is show business so this is a great outlet for me, but if I didn’t do this I would find my way onto a stage and behind a microphone somehow.

Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better!

My dream job as a teenager was to join the Army, travel and eventually work for the CIA. My uncle was Army Ranger and I loved hearing about it when he was home visiting. Today, I’m lucky enough to be married to my own Army Ranger  and live through his military career and experiences.

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Register for Happy Bucks!


Register for Happy Bucks!

As you all know, Happy Bucks is a way to share any exciting news you may have, brag about a member, or talk about new connections made through ILEA at our monthly networking event. Well now it is even easier by prepaying at registration. Simply select the $1.00 or $5.00 Happy Bucks option and share your news when we meet. Register for our August Luncheon and buy your Happy Bucks today!

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Member Spotlight - Heather Frank The Eiteljorg Museum


Heather Frank 

Events Coordinator at the Eiteljorg Museum

Heather Frank

2. What does your company do? How is it different than others like it? 

We are a non-profit Native American and Western Art museum-the only one in the Midwest!  We host many museum-related events, programs and festivals throughout the year, but we can also host private events for social, wedding and corporate events.

3. How many years have you been in the industry? 

8 years

4. What was your very first job? 

First Job: Sales Associate at Michaels Craft Store

First Job in the industry: Events Assistant Coordinator at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort in Bloomington, IN

5. What lead you in into the event industry? 

I love interacting with people. I also realized that every time I was going somewhere or doing something fun (a wedding, a concert, a conference, a trip, etc) it fit into the events and hospitality industry and it seemed like a great and fun industry to be surrounded by!

6. Why did you decide to join ISES? 

I thought it would be a great way to connect and stay connected with others in the hospitality industry. It’s a great organization to help connect people to others and to connect us to our city.

7. What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?

I want to continue to meet others in the industry and build strong relationships with them. I want to also have opportunities to be involved in community events.

8. What is your most memorable event? Why? 

I had a corporate event last Fall that had roughly 800 guests coming and going all evening. It was for their staff and they had events going on at multiple venues on the same evening. This entire event consisted of only food, beverage, entertainment, special lighting and projections and rows and rows of corn hole!  Lots of fun!

9. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

I have random times I like to be adventurous! Most of the time, I’m very low-key, but in my lifetime, I’ve been able to go white water rafting, skydiving, I’ve been down the longest zip line in the world and I’ve gone spelunking-I have to have motivation because most of the time I’m a wimp! 

10. If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? 

I would be a travel writer, traveling around the world, sampling food and wines, checking out hotel and lodging options, along with fun excursions to pass along to my readers- that would be a dream!

11. Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.

The Eiteljorg Museum can accommodate groups as large at 1,200 and we can offer private event space during the day and evening. We are located in the White River State Park area and are conveniently located within walking distance to many hotels and the Convention Center.  We work exclusively with Kahn’s Catering, who’s been a great partner for a number of years now so between our services and theirs, we can make any event a success!

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Membership- Join Today!

Thinking about a membership?

When you join ILEA, you instantly gain access to an elite pool of like-minded creative event resources; exclusive discounts, business opportunities and tailored educational information – all you need to craft events that are impactful, exceed expectations and inspire.

As a member you get: 

  •    Listing on our website and access to all our valuable information and resources
  •    Unlimited use of our online membership directory 
  •    Professional development and education

 And much more!

Which Membership is for You?

Corporate Primary Membership

Apply for this membership type if you are maintaining the membership for your company. Any additional members from your company then become eligible for the discounted Corporate Additional membership rate.

Corporate Additional Membership

If your company already has a current Corporate Primary ILEA membership, you can add to the company membership at a discounted rate.

Individual Membership

This is a personal membership. Your company name and information will be listed, however, the membership is not transferable to other employees within the company. Recommended for those submitting the membership payment from a personal account or for a single proprietor.

Nonprofit Membership

Nonprofit applicants must provide proof of nonprofit status in order to receive the discounted dues rate. All member benefits remain the same.

Student Membership

Student members are required to provide proof as a full or part-time student at a two or four-year College/University program with an unofficial transcript or signed Statement by Program Coordinator/Instructor. This membership type is limited to four years.


Visit the link below to join today!


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Member Spotlight - Gina Glas with A Classic Party Rental

 Member Spotlight :

Gina Glas

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

 A Classic Party Rental

Gina (Bayt) Glas

Founded in 1987, A Classic Party Rental offers a full spectrum of party rental equipment from tents, tables and chairs to dance floors and linen. The goal of A Classic is to provide a one-stop- shop for all your event needs. Our team is fullydedicated to the success of every person's event, regardless of size, occasion orbudget. A Classic's mission is to make planning your event fun and easy byproviding an experienced and passionate team to help make that possible. 

How many years have you been in the industry? 

Professionally, I've been in the industry for 10 years. However, my parents ownedseveral restaurants and a catering company when I was growing up, so I like tosay I was born in a bus tub and swaddled in linen napkins. 

What was your very first job? 

I started my first official job when I was 14 years old working at The Riverwalk(currently The Willows on Westfield) as a banquet server. 

What lead you in into the event industry? 

My family business lead me into the event industry. It felt natural and was alwayswhere I saw myself in the future

Why did you decide to join ILEA? 

I decided to join ILEA to connect professionally and meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about events. Joining the Strategic Partnership Committee helped tremendously to achieve that goal. 

What are you looking to gain out of our ILEA membership and howcan we help you achieve that?

I am extremely passionate about continued education, which is one of the facets of ILEA I have enjoyed most. I also hope to grow and strengthen my network oftalented professionals through my membership. ILEA can can help me achieve these goals by seeking strong educational speakers at each luncheon and by providing valuable networking events that promote a positive and memorable interaction among members. I also think pairing new members with veterans would be beneficial. 

 What is your most memorable event? Why? 

My most memorable event was the Educational Intensive last year. I took so muchknowledge away from the speakers that day and was able to share everything Ilearned with my co-workers. 

 What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

I was a first grade teacher for two years at St. Joan of Arc in Indianapolis. While I loved my students, the event industry was a natural fit for me.  

If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? 

If I were not in the event industry, my dream job would be a Photo Journalist for National Geographic. I received a National Geographic subscription for my 10th birthday from my aunt - I may not have read every article, but I was fascinated by the photos and the emotions captured.

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