Zakiya Johnson is the founder of EventZ and has been creatively bringing folks together for over 15 years.
She is a triple threat in the areas of food & wine, creativity, and execution. She holds of wealth of knowledge in all things event related and aligns herself with only the best and reputable vendors.
Though a native of South Carolina, she credits her ability to think outside the box from her Korean / African American heritage and her international military upbringing. These factors continue to influence and inspire her work today.
"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
- Dr. Linus Pauling
And that is where Zakiya excels. Her experience is hands on and her portfolio of work is diverse. Her background includes working for the biggest restaurateur in Philadelphia, Stephen Starr, and world renown chefs like Iron Chef Morimoto, Iron Chef Jose Garcia, Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella and the globally acclaimed Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, Douglas Rodriguez. She has also coordinated many upscale parties at some of Philadelphia's hottest nightclubs.
Making her way to the Bay Area in 2004, Zakiya started her career as an Executive Assistant supporting C-Level
Executives. There she quickly became involved with coordinating corporate events. She gained valuable experience planning and executing both small and large scale events worldwide. Events ranging from retreats, conferences, customer parties, holiday parties, team building activities, and so much more.
She then found herself coordinating events for non-profit organizations and planning weddings for her friends in her spare time. She began to realize that she truly enjoyed being an event planner and dreamed of the day she could do this on a full time basis. Today she is living that dream and would love to dream with you in planning your perfect wedding.
Zakiya has a B.A. from Temple University with a focus in Communications, Public Relations.