Meet the Coordinators

Top Shelf Event Planners are just that, event planners that go above and beyond to make your event Top Shelf. With your vision in mind, we help you design your event and then coordinate all the details on that special day. It is always our pleasure and joy to make sure that after months and months of planning you have the best time possible and together we have a successful event that guests will remember forever!


Karen Goldberg Liston

Co-founder of Top Shelf Event Planners is a Certified Wedding Consultant and a member the Live International Events Association.  Karen’s genuine commitment to planning a Top Shelf event goes way beyond just showing up on the day.  She truly believes that getting to know each client personally, while planning and creating together, is what leads to the perfect event.  Over the years, Karen’s commitment to the event planning industry has afforded her access to hundreds of contacts and service providers that allow her to provide trustworthy sources for all her clients.  Sharing her knowledge of planning events and the skills she has gained, is what makes her an industry leader.  With her enthusiasm and commitment to make every event Top Shelf, Karen exemplifies the meaning of hospitality.    

Amy O’Connell, Co-founder of Top Shelf Event Planners

Amy O’Connell

Co-founder of Top Shelf Event Planners has the expertise, connections and vision to produce events that are memorable and exceed expectations. She maintains a big picture philosophy with a focus on the goals and critical eye on the details. Through the years, Amy has established connections with an extensive network of trusted professionals to customize the best team for each event. Her experience includes managing events of all sizes from corporate meetings to fundraising galas and celebrations.  Developing a theme and selecting the venue, menu, decor and entertainment to support it is one of Amy’s greatest creative talents. By working closely with the client, Amy executes exceptional meetings and events that achieve business objectives and exceed expectations—all with seeming ease and efficiency.

Meet The Team

Featured Left To Right: Laura, Celeste, Brittany, Amy, Karen, Mindy, Nancy

Although we primarily coordinate events in the MD, DC & VA area, we are happy to travel to your event when you need a Top Shelf planner. Let us help you be a guest at your celebration, give us a call so we can chat about your upcoming event!