Producing Affairs to Remember

For the past 18 years, Lynne Winslow ’78 has been the driving force behind many of San Francisco’s high-profile events. From the San Francisco International Film Festival to the Black and White Ball to the opening of San Francisco Airport’s new international terminal in 2001, Lynne has orchestrated events to remember.

Her love for event planning grew from two formative experiences: helping with her grandmother’s parties as a child and later, in college, working in Scripps’ own student-run Motley Coffeehouse.

“I would say my experience managing Motley contributed in part to where I am today,” says Lynne. “At Motley I was allowed a lot of freedom to experiment with the job.” Lynne says when she left Scripps, she envisioned going into academia or becoming a writer. On the road to those dreams, she worked in restaurants for a while and then jumped back into the catering world, in 1981, working for the largest caterer in San Francisco. After spending long hours on big events, Lynne left her job to take a break. Still, opportunities in event planning kept coming her way.

“I really backed my way into this career,” Lynne says. “After I left the caterer, a former client asked me to help with a fundraiser, which I did. Then other clients approached me to help them, and so on. A year later, I realized I could stop looking for a job because I had a business.”

Lynne says she’s operated Winslow & Associates now for 18 years, and she hasn’t looked back.

“I hire a number of interns. One of the things I tell them is that before you start a line of work, find something you really love to do,” Lynne says. “This business involves a lot of long hours and high stress, but I love it.”