Kathy Nelson, Ph.D., CSEP, CMP specialized in teaching entertainment and special events management courses at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), under the direction of her mentor, Patti Shock, CPCE. She held both Bachelor and Master's degrees in Hotel Administration from UNLV, and earned her Doctorate in Sociology, where she researched Decision Making Factors that Influenced Career Choices of those who enter the Special Events Industry.

Kathy was co-author of the International Dictionary of Event Management, along with Dr. Joe Goldblatt, CSEP, and author of Special Events Management in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Walker, J.R. (2nd ed.), and co-author of Entertainment Management in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Walker, J. R. (2nd ed.) along with Pat Merl, CSEP. Kathy had recently completed authoring Special Events Management in Hotel Operations Management, Hayes and Ninemeir. 

As co-owner of Dan Nelson Productions, she had over 25 years of business ownership in the entertainment and special events industry. Kathy was a recipient of the distinguished Sam and Mary Boyd Award for Outstanding Service from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has also received an ILEA Esprit Award, ILEA Robert Graves Pioneer Award and ILEA Western Region Legacy Award. Kathy previously served as ILEA Certification Committee Chair and a commissioner on the ILEA Certification Commission. Kathy was a charter member of the International EMBOK (Event Management Body of Knowledge) Executive.

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