Since its inception, Happily has welcomed millions of guests to experience joy in building relationships that can last a lifetime at one of its events.
Happily was founded in 2012 by Sarah Shewey, an experience economy pioneer with a background in film and tech from the University of Southern California. Sarah co-founded TEDActive, is the founder of EXP, and is the board president of dublab, LA's first Internet radio station - established in 1999. She recently "broke the Internet" with her cyberwedding, which was streamed live on every continent. An environmentalist, Sarah has spoken about the importance of sustainable event practices on NPR, the Associated Press, and publications around the world. She also co-invented the world’s first underwater projector.
Happily is a global events company that represents the work of over 50,000 independent event specialists. We join together on a shared mission to bring the best of humanity to live and virtual experiences. We care about the future of our planet and use technology to create unique, fun, carbon zero events.
Home to the largest and most diverse network of onsite and virtual event specialists, at Happily you can find world-class experience creators, designers, engineers, curators, producers, marketers, strategists, editors, directors, and more. We work with the best and strive for excellence in everything we do.
Our mission is rooted in our core values to reduce waste, represent diverse voices, and reinvest in local and forgotten communities.
Reduce waste A zero waste, carbon free event is an ambitious goal, and we’re here for it. Did you know that a virtual event, on average, reduces 97% of carbon emissions from a live event? That's because we aren't flying or transporting goods, which accounts for 90% of an event's carbon emissions.
After each event, we calculate the carbon emitted from the desktops of talent, tech, team, and guests. Then we take a percentage from our profits to plant trees in the Happily Forest, which is located in Tanzinia and stewarded by our reforestation partner: Forest Nation.
Represent diverse voices Diversity is the source of our ability to produce innovative events that show off the best of humanity. Whenever we assemble a team, we are committed to our goal of hiring at least 50% representation of women, 30% of black, indigenous, and people of color, and 10% of people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. The same applies for on-screen talent when our curators are hired for a production.
Reinvest in local and forgotten communities We don't wait for opportunities to come to us, we create opportunities for everyone on our team to receive free and ongoing training with the skills that equip them to be the best in our industry. The Happily Shadow Program gives aspiring virtual event professionals the opportunity to go behind the scenes with us and shadow our specialists working in a variety of roles. By completing levels of the program, shadows gain experience points that help them qualify to be hired for paying work on future Happily virtual event teams.