Learning to Fly

Sixty years ago, Jane Marilley turned a passion for flying into what has become one of the oldest meeting planning companies in the country — Courtesy Associates.

Marilley founded the Washington, D.C.-based firm in 1947 as a telephone answering company, initially, acquiring it for $500. Soon, it became a conference and event planning firm, although she didn't have any experience as a planner when she landed her first job — planning the annual Wright Brothers memorial dinner. She got t

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