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HEARTEN TALKS: DIVERSITY IN THE EVENT INDUSTRY

Black Bride Editor-in-Chief Mary Chatman will speak about inclusivity and diversity in the event industry
There's no simple way to define and ensure diversity, inclusivity, and equality. The sphere of events planning - where the financial and emotional stakes often run high - is a particularly challenging space for this urgent discussion.
For those in the industry and those touched by it, The Independent Wedding Association and This Love Weddings is pleased to present an event dedicated to exploring the challenges faced by businesses wrestling with how to ensure that all clients feel welcome and respected, and how to keep pace with emotionally charged social issues.
"Diversity and inclusion shouldn't be scary topics of discussion," says Faith Folayan, the owner and principal planner of This Love Weddings. "In fact they reflect the best route to have the best outcome for any industry."
"As a woman of color in the wedding industry it's necessary now more than ever to discuss the importance of this topic," she adds.
Join us on Thursday, Mar. 2 for a welcome cocktail, a presentation from Black Bride Editor-in-Chief Mary Chatman, and an informal Q&A and social hour about how some of the most important issues of our time impact a thriving sector of the economy.
THE EVENT: Thursday, March 2, 20176–9 P.M.
at Machine Shop, 300 2nd Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tickets $20- $25 at Eventbrite; learn more at independentwedding.com
THE SPEAKER: Speaker Mary Chatman is CEO of blackbride.com and Editor-in-Chief of Black Bride Magazine. Black Bride aims to honor all women of color, while celebrating their beauty, style, grace essence, and regalness.
Key partner Chowgirls is an award-winning Minneapolis-based catering company that strives for sustainability in all aspects of their operations.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:
Chowgirls
Cocoa & Fig
Events by MV
The Machine Shop
Sadie's Floral
Champagne Press
Hooked Calligraphy
Lauren B Photography 
La Tavola LInen 
The Beauty Lounge