Ms. Dunnie B. Onasanya has blossomed into what Maya Angelo has deemed a “Phenomenal Woman.” Born to Nigerian immigrants, Dunnie’s parents had high expectations for her future, a college degree being one of them. After a spending a summer in high school exploring the luxuries and unanimity of historically black colleges, Tuskegee University seemed to be the perfect fit.
Exploring every opportunity available, Dunnie was an active student on campus. In 2008 she joined Delta Sigma Theta, a not-for profit Greek-letter sorority of college-educated women dedicated to public service. During her senior year she was elected President of the Student Government Association, a position that exposed her natural affinity for event planning.
Following graduation, Dunnie relocated to the Golden State of California where she began her career in Corporate America. The looming dissatisfaction of working from a cubicle drove her to search for new inspiring opportunities. Volunteering on various productions with event planning extraordinaire, Diane Valentine and William P. Miller proved to be her life changing experience. Seeking advice from her mentors, Dunnie found that the only way to the next level was to “get up, do your own thing and figure it out,” step-by-step. The learning was in the doing.
By fate Dunnie met the love of her life while standing in line at a local Trader Joe’s. Soon after the two found their dreams of entrepreneurship a commonality, leading them to relinquish their fears, and dive in head first. As a result, Dunnie launched her very own special event production company, Miss Dunnie O.!
As Dunnie is an amazing woman, she pays tribute to her fiance, Ibrahim Hasan, for his support. Last year, Dunnie and her beau, put on their first ever Facet Fashion Show: Swimwear and Lingerie and the Facet Fashion Show: Fall edition, events that gave rising fashion designers and models a platform to showcase their talents.
From prior trail and error Dunnie discovered that event planning is a hands on gig, requiring vast organizational skills, patience, and persuasiveness. “Events are all about consistency and not getting caught up in your last project. Consistency is a determining factor in your success.” With teamwork and communication as the cornerstone of her methodology, working with a small yet strong team has become Dunnie’s winning combination. Utilizing a tool as simple as “group-chat” adds an accountability factor, which has positively influenced team dynamics. Bonding with her team outside of the work environment is an additional factor. Her tight knit team has become more than a company but a sisterhood, whereby four of her six assistants will be in her bridal party.
The embodiment of a U Blush Woman, Dunnie believes you can do anything you set your mind to and in the spirit of such gave us quick breakdown of “Event Planning 101”:
a. Creating timelines and a schedule with attainable goals are important for business to run smoothly.
b. Having a clear and organized communication system is necessary for a team to be on the same page.
c. Budget – have one!
d. Location is of the utmost importance, your event depends on it.
e. And lastly, flexibility. There are so many things you do not have control over, to thrive you must be able to adapt.
“When you are a visionary you are robbing society when you stay in a role that you are not passionate about.” After experiening success with her own company, Miss Dunnie O decided to partner with Ms. JGray of Image Is Everything PR, to launch The Curly Cartel movement! The Curly Cartel was a simple concept turned movement for the everyday woman to empower and support her along this journey we call life.
Described by friends as a passionate, driven visionary, while Dunnie enjoys watching a good romantic comedy and listening to neosoul funk, she maintains a focus on her future by continuing to do what she loves while being open to exciting new opportunity!