Ladies, we’re a week out from Women in Events Week, our nationwide, multi-day program designed to connect, inspire and acknowledge women in event marketing. Are you ready?
If you’re new to our program, the story began a decade ago when Event Marketer launched its Women in Events Special Report, an annual feature that over the years grew to include bicoastal roundtables and has resulted in more than 100 women in events featured in the magazine. Flash forward to today, and women across the country are preparing to gather in 20 cities for the second annual Women in Events Week, Oct. 21-24, a platform for networking, community-building and insights-gathering.
Women in Events Week is designed to be a choose-your-own-adventure-style program, where you can select into experiences that fit your schedule and goals. We need more of those, don’t we? There are a few spots left—discover what’s near you, here.
The stage is set for an epic reunion and in this special sneak peek, we are excited to share a few details on what you can expect this year.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Sarah Schafer, Partner and Executive Chef, Irving Street Kitchen, Portland, OR.
Bay Tran, Owner and Executive Chef, Tree House Restaurant, St. Louis, MO.
We are proud to share that 12 of our venues during Women in Events Week are woman-owned or woman-led, and many of the restaurants we partnered with have a female executive chef at the helm.
In St. Louis, MO, women will gather for our networking meetup at Tree House Restaurant. Owner and Executive Chef Bay Tran built the business from the ground up, including acquiring the historic property the restaurant is located in and leading its restoration.
“My mentality is, we can do anything. We’re already doing it,” says Tran. “I’ve embraced the challenge of being in a leadership position and learning to manage and motivate people and keep them invested in the small business that we run.”
In Portland, women in events will gather for their networking meetup at Irving Street Kitchen, managed by partner and Executive Chef Sarah Schafer.
“Male-dominated kitchens existed 10-15 years ago when I was coming up as a cook in New York City,” Schafer says. “I never tried to look at it that way. I just wanted to get all I could and dreamed that someday I would have a kitchen and a business that focuses more on teamwork and equality.”
WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN
At networking meetups in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, San Jose, Seattle and Nashville, and at our mini-cons in Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Austin and New York, women will not only have the opportunity to mingle with other women in events in their markets, they’ll have the opportunity to do some good as well. Women attending these events are invited to bring a new or gently used bra to donate to I Support the Girls, an organization that provides these items as well as …read more