Founded in 1997, Lead Dog Meeting & Event Management is directed
by founder Mary Susan Ryan Milbourne and partner Carmel Rose Caporale, CMP.
Mary Susan and Carmel Rose, along with the Lead Dog team, offer
decades of meeting and event management experience. Lead
Dog has created memorable meetings and “wow” moments
for a wide variety of clients spanning many different industries.
With a “never-say-never” attitude,
Lead Dog delivers cost-effective meetings
and spectacular events.
We have produced intimate board of director meetings in unique
environments, non-profit galas and fundraising events as well as
large-scale corporate meetings.
Recognized by our clients for our ability
to unleash the potential of every meeting & event, Lead Dog
strives to develop long-term relationships with each client realizing
the value of knowledge
earned through years of experience.
Lead Dog Meeting & Event Management is
a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s
National Council (WBENC). In addition, the firm maintains membership
in other key industry groups including Meeting Professionals International
(MPI) and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB).
Mary Susan R. Milbourne, CEO
Mary Susan R. Milbourne has been actively involved in the meeting-planning
industry for over 15 years. She produced events and managed the
event planning staff for one of the world’s largest travel
management companies before leaving to found Lead Dog in 1997.
Carmel Rose Caporale, COO
Carmel Rose Caporale, CMP is a member and Past President of
the Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
(PAMPI) and has earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
designation. Carmel Rose founded Meetings & More in 1997
and then partnered with Mary Susan in 2002 to take advantage
of the synergies afforded by merging the two companies.
And to answer one
of the most frequently asked questions about our company…
“Where did you come up with your company name?”
We carefully chose our corporate
identity to underscore our client philosophy. To be the lead
dog in meeting & event
management, we believe that we have to deliver superior service,
and sound financial management.
We strive to be the lead dog in our industry by staying focused
on our goal to always be ahead of the pack by delivering consistently
on these three key precepts.