Kate Patay,


Kate Patay, CPCE, is the Chief Strategy Officer of Patay Consulting, a firm designed to help organizations and individuals identify their unique brand and voice. She is an international speaker & event consultant, SEARCH Foundation Chairwoman, Smart Meetings Style Maven and Ambassador for Meetings Mean Business. 

Kate has been a recognized industry professional, brand ambassador and connector for over 20 years in many facets of live events, and has served on the boards of numerous industry organizations. She currently develops and implements strategies for top leaders, companies and events in our industry and beyond.

Her list of achievements and recognition is immense, but some highlights are: The coveted Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council, the Event Solutions Spotlight Award and the NACE Icon Award.

2022 brought her recognition as one of the top #WomenToWatch and Influential Event Planners You Should Know.

In 2021 she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Who Run Events by Eventcombo, Most Inspiring #EventProf by Untethered and a Top 20 #EventProfs by Cvent; 2020 brought her praise as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Global Events by Eventex, one of the Top 14 Global Changemakers by Meetings Today and a Top 99 Keynote Speaker by Hubilo. Smart Meetings named her as one of the Top 25 Industry Professionals in 2017, a Top Visionary in 2018, and added her to their Hall of Fame in 2019.


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Hiring Kate to help your business is the best money you will ever spend. No matter what services you use from Patay Consulting, you will be thrilled with the results.

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Some other notable achievements include in 2015 she was honored with the coveted Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council (formerly the CIC) and an Esprit Award from ILEA for her work in the Green Sector of Events. In 2016 she received the Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Innovation and Special Events Magazine named her as one of the Top 20 Under 40. Smart Meetings named her as one of the Top Meeting Professionals of 2017, a Leading Inspiring Woman in 2018, awarded her with the Hall of Fame for 2019, as well as being awarded the Top 20 Powerful Women Achievement by the Northern Nevada Business Weekly and Top 20 Trendsetter by Meetings Today.

Kate has also been nominated as Nevada’s Saleswoman of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year and 2017 20 Under 40, in addition to being honored as not only the Most Influential Person In Northern Nevada by the Top 100 Influencers, but as the “Person to Know” by the Reno Gazette Journal.

She is a frequent contributor, consultant and speaker for Smart Meetings, IMEX, Oracle, Hilton Luxury Properties, Caesars Entertainment, Atlantis Bahamas, Event Manager Blog, TSE, Catersource, ARA, MPI, WIPA, CMAA, and various other organizations & conferences.

 Awards & Recognition:


  • 2022 Influential Event Planners You Should Know by AccelEvents
  • 2022 Dare to Interrupt’s #WomanToWatch 
  • 2021 Untethered’s Most Inspiring #EventProf
  • 2021 Eventex Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry
  • 2021 BizBash 500: Event Industry Leadership
  • 2021 NACE Icon Award
  • 2021 Cvent 20 Event Professionals You Should Be Following
  • 2021 Eventcombo 25 Women Who Rule the Event Industry
  • 2020 Meetings Mean Business Coalition Ambassador
  • 2020 Eventex Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry
  • 2020 Changemaker by MeetingsNet
  • 2020 Top 99 Keynote Speakers by Hubilo
  • 2019 Eventex Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry
  • 2019 Smart Meetings Hall of Fame
  • 2019 NNBV Top 10 Leaders to Know: High Profile
  • 2019 NNBV Top 10 Most Influential: Thought Leaders
  • 2018 Meetings Today Top 20 Trendsetters
  • 2018 Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Business – NNBW
  • 2018 Smart Meetings – Smart Women Who Inspire – Visionary
  • 2017 Presidents Award – Reno/Tahoe NACE
  • 2017 Smart Meetings – Smart Women in Meetings – Industry Leader
  • 2016 Wedding Magazine Supplier of the Year
  • 2016 Event Solutions Innovator of the Year
  • 2015 Pacesetter Award – Convention Industry Council
  • 2015 ISES Esprit – Best Industry Contribution
  • 2014 20 Under 40 – Special Events Magazine
  • 2014 Member of the Year – Reno/Tahoe NACE
  • 2013 Northern Nevada’s “Most Influential Person” (industry expert category)
  • 2012 RGJ “Person to Know”
  • 2011 ISES President’s Award Recipient
  • 2010 NACE National Business Partner of the Year
  • 2008 NACE President’s Award Recipient


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