Marielle Shortell



MARIELLE SHORTELL is the founder of Silver Lining Design Group, an international event design and production company based in Bethesda, Maryland. With over 16 years of creating beautiful environments and experiences for clients all over the world, Marielle has become recognized as one of the industries rising stars. After leaving her last company just 4 years ago, she set out to create a team that could re-imagine the way events were designed and executed. In 2018, Marielle introduced her new office space, the “Playground”. This highly creative and unique collaborative space provides the perfect platform for her team and clients to develop powerful brand experiences that engage, amaze and inspire. She believes that her success, and ultimately that of her company SLDG derives from several key core values. Being BOLD, nimble and AGILE while incorporating SOUL into every project. With INTEGRITY at the center of her business philosophy, she likes to think of herself as a pretty COOL innovator and trendsetter that is a perpetual SEEKER of style.

After losing her son Tristan to SIDS in 2014, she has committed to helping others through her pay it forward initiative at SLDG. This program takes a portion of the company’s profits and donates them to research, non-profit groups and individuals helping to make a difference.

Marielle also believes travel has been one of the biggest influences in her work. Seeing the rich culture, architecture and design around the world has helped SLDG stay relevant and allows her to bring a fresh approach to every project. Producing events in cities like Sydney, Rome, Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Miami has provided incredible inspiration as well as creating an amazing network of production partners around the world.

In 2006, taking full advantage of her broad skill set, Marielle brought creativity and originality to film. As the costume designer on the movie Psych 9 starring Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn, Sara Foster and Gabriel Mann, she curated unique clothing styles for these actors to explore their characters and immerse themselves in the disturbing psychological thriller.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, children Piers & Sutton and their two dogs Bella and Dee. She also serves as a board member for the Washington D.C. chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).