Michelle Leo Cousins: Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Michelle Leo Cousins, owner of Michelle Leo Events. She was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.

Michelle Cousins, Michelle Leo Events - Utah Business 2018 Forty Under 40

The Great Recession left Michelle Leo Cousins without a job and pondering her future. “Having loved the event industry in my corporate career, I began working on the start of my business and launched in the summer of 2010,” she says. And she found near-instant success. Her company, Michelle Leo Events, has won a Best of State award every year from 2011 to 2017. It is also the only Utah event-planning company to be included in Vogue and Martha Stewart Living “Top Planners” lists. Michelle Leo Events was also named “Wedding Specialist of the Year in 2017 by Luxury Travel Guide.

“When [clients] tell me and my team that the final result is better than they could have ever imagined, and when they take a few minutes to personally thank and acknowledge my team for our time and efforts … that’s what keeps me going,” says Cousins.

CAUSE SHE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT: “The event industry requires hands-on experience, which I’ve become passionate about providing to college students seeking a career like mine. In 2012, I developed the MLE Internship Program for students studying event planning, hospitality, travel and tourism. Over the years, the program has developed into an educational course that exposes students to different types of events, a variety of clients and budgets, and various professionals and venues in the industry.”