Orlana Darkins Drewery President
The Darkins Group, LLC
Over 20 Years in Communications and Event Planning Industry
OW: Name one person who you consider to be a great role model and tell us why.
ODD: My mother Lucille Darkins was a great role model in my life. She gave me the best advice when I was in the second grade. She said, “Everyone may not like you, and everyone may not want to be your friend.” This advice spared me from experiencing peer pressure and a need to be a people-
OW: What was the best thing that you have ever done, which got you where you are today?
ODD: The day I realized I could raise money and plan my own events. For years, I promoted myself as an event planner for others, because it was easier to hide behind an individual or company’s name. The day I decided to step out on my own and create my own events that were designed to promote the positive accomplishments of others was very freeing in my professional journey.
OW: What is the biggest career mistake you have ever made?
ODD: It happened very early in my professional development. I was under the impression that I needed to partner with people with bigger names than mine rather than focusing on creating and developing my own reputation and professional style. Once I realized that people actually wanted to work with “me,” it allowed me to walk confidently in my purpose.