“We must remember we are Human Beings serving Human Beings so change can only come together as we move forward and embrace diversity.”-Nirjary M.Desai
We at KIS (cubed) Events want to introduce you to the National Events Council , we are part of the founding council wanting to help our industry but also companies & corporations who are wondering how to move the needle forward towards equality for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Are you as passionate about diversity in our industry as us?
Today’s @nationaleventscouncil Town Hall was about ways you can actively champion for diversity, inclusion, and equality for all event professionals, which includes the 21% of BIPOC in the event industry.
*Companies — Take the pledge + commit to employing at least 20% of BIPOC events professionals (connect with @nationaleventscouncil to learn more about how to get started)
*Allies — Sign up for the @nationaleventscouncil to learn more about how you can show your support, encourage your clients + orgs you belong to to take the 20% pledge, introduce BIPOC businesses to your clients + encourage collaboration, and share resources from @nationaleventscouncil with your BIPOC biz besties
*BIPOC Businesses — Follow @nationaleventscouncil + sign up for updates, get your company certified as a Minority-Owned Business (75% of companies rely on certification agencies when hiring), and get the @nationaleventscouncil Supplier Diversity Kit via nationaleventscouncil.com/education to learn more about how to work with Fortune 500 companies that are seeking to improve their goal of hiring more BIPOC event professionals
*Event Organizations — Team up with @nationaleventscouncil so you can spread awareness/share resources they provide + take the pledge to actively engage at least 20% BIPOC on your boards + 20% BIPOC members as well as highlight at least 20% BIPOC business owners on speaker panels.
Panel consisted of:
Meet The Panelist/Experts:
Nirjary M. Desai
Chief Experience Officer-KIS (cubed) Events
Regarded as one of the top Southeast Asian event marketing producers, Nirjary Desai is the Chief Experience Officer and Founder of KIS (cubed) Events, specializing in one-of-a-kind event experiences with serious wow factor for some of the top brands, celebrities and personalities across the US and globally.
Born in Zambia, raised in South Carolina and educated in London, Nirjary’s polycultural upbringing instilled a passion for global travel, socially conscious businesses, and inclusive community building.
“In the face of adversity, I want to ensure that all human beings have access to opportunities and a community that truly understands them. And I believe each one of us has the power to influence the world around us by creating our version of change.”
After earning her MBA in International Marketing & Management in London, Nirjary worked within the hospitality and travel sector with American Airlines, IHG Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resort. Nirjary went on to found several brands and businesses designed to serve the travel and hospitality industry–including a S3 Catering, Glam Squad, Bridal Elements, KIS (cubed) Events, and Leave Her Mark, a conference series to help educate, elevate and inspire women to find their passion and achieve their goals.
Nirjary has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar India, Grace Ormonde, Huffington Post, Mandala Weddings, and many others. She has worked with premier brands including Audible by Amazon, the Hillary Clinton campaign, The Ritz-Carlton, and Delta Airlines..
A Proud Army Vet who happens to be a great Event and Wedding Planner! He likes to call himself an Event Story- teller who is passionate about romantic weddings and engaging events.
From the inner city of Miami, Fl, deployments in the east, and now in Washington, DC, Andrew has been privy to diverse situations that has shaped him into the entrepreneur he is today. He is a world traveler and has been blessed to travel to 25 countries and counting understanding people and the cultures that make them great.
Within his 13 year career he has had the honor of working with brands such as The International Spy Museum, Axiom Resource Management, Simon Malls, The Knot, Munaluchi Bride, The CW, The Art Institute, Northern Virginia Magazine, The City of Alexandria, VA, Vita Coco, and Kind Snacks.
His work has been seen in Forbes, CNN, Fox, Washingtonian Magazine, Modern Luxury, Wedding Chicks, Logo TV, Wedding Wire and many other leading publications. Above all, he is most proud of his work with some tremendous charities like Ms. Veteran America, Susan G. Komen, The Cinderella Foundation, and So Others Might Eat who dedicate their lives to helping others.
“It’s not just about planning events. It certainly isn’t about me. It’s about making sure you get the best help to reach your bottom line.
Finally, events are more than just logistical work. It’s what happens before, during and after each event that resonates the most with our clients. This is why we have a 5 star rating. I’m super grateful.”
When Darryl Moore, founder of D’Concierge Weddings, was featured in Black Enterprise as a Modern Man in 2015, it was more than a magazine title; it was an introduction to the world.
This Modern Man, who also serves as Creative Director and Planner Extraordinaire is a man of the twenty-first century, having planned stylish weddings for brides across the United States. After beginning his business almost, a decade ago, Darryl Moore knew that he wanted to transform beautiful visions into bold realities. While based in Houston, the D’Concierge brand serves couples from East Saint Louis to the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France. Throughout his career, Darryl Moore has assisted in the preparation of celebrity weddings of entertainers, athletes as well as notable figures of the Michelle Obama Administration Staff.
In addition to weddings and events, Darryl Moore and his team has designed for the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Truly Original Productions for over three seasons. His work also includes set design and wedding planning for Vh1 in Los Angeles, California. He also has a massive catalogue of work that has been showcased on local Houston networks including ABC, Fox and TMZ.
When Darryl isn’t planning or serving the industry, he can be found spending time with his
husband, Jarod or enjoying quality time with his family and close friends. His love for planning is often seen celebrating those closest to him.
When Darryl Moore founded his company, he realized the need for more African American males in the wedding and events industry. He saw a need and sought to fill it. D’Concierge Weddings has made an indelible mark and Darryl Moore continues to prove that he is indeed a Black Modern Man, poised to serve the industry now and in the year ahead.
David Adler, Chairman and founder of BizBash (http://www. bizbash.com) is a veteran media, publishing, PR, marketing, and event industry entrepreneur. He is also an event industry keynote speaker and columnist as well as the host of the GatherGeeks. He believes that event organizers of all types need to be a “high performance collaboration artists” and founded BizBash in 2000 to further that cause. The company has grown to be the largest B2B media company for the events industry with over 2.5 million user sessions annually. In December 2019, Adler sold 80% of the company to Tarsus, the third largest global exhibition company as apart of their Connect Group. Previously Adler was VP of Corporate Communications for the publishing firm, Macmillan, Inc. and the magazine publishing giant, PRIMEDIA. Following graduation from College, Adler founded the society magazine, Washington Dossier that was sold after 14 years operations and become the VP of Passion Branding/Cause Marketing for Cone Communications where is worked for such clients as Avon, FTD, JFK Library, Reebok, Polaroid and others.
Account Manager AFFAIRS to REMEMBER
Bringing nearly three decades of hospitality, business management and sales experience and expertise to AFFAIRS to REMEMBER, Steve M. Moore joined the AFFAIRS family in January 2019 as an Account Executive, responsible for sales and execution of full event productions.
With a steadfast commitment to exceeding client expectations and providing superior customer service, as well as being energized with the tenacity of a high-achiever, yet highly personable, Steve’s breadth of special events knowledge, at every level, continues to translate into nearly countless happy clients, as well as industry colleagues.
Steve has served on the International LIve Events Association Greater Atlanta Chapter Board in numerous roles including Director of Membership; Director of Programs and Education; VP of Communications; and, President. In 2020, Steve was asked to Chair the International Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force dedicated to ensuring inclusion for all throughout ILEA’s membership and practices.
My name is Alejandra Baca-Rodriguez, but you can call me Alex. I’ m the founder and editor in chief of Belle The Magazine. Lover of all things pretty, I can’t help myself but get inspired by every moment of life. From publishing wedding magazines to producing bridal shows, I have about 15 years of
experience in the wedding & event industry. But, I have been lucky enough to create my dream job, wedding & event blogger. It is my passion to bring a dose of chic event ideas to thousands of clients every day. #ilovemyjob
I’m originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. But I moved to the United States 20 years ago to attend college. I got a BA degree with a double major in Marketing and International Business, and a minor in French from UT. I was fortunate enough to travel around the world during my college years, but I settled down 9 years ago in El Paso Texas with my husband and our three gorgeous boys + three adorable dogs. Hope you enjoy my take on event fabulosity!
C.E.O- SGI Leadership
Tony combines his Human Resource professional experience with 15+ years of leadership experience both in business and military to elevate individuals and companies through performance management and tailored development plans. As both an entrepreneur and leader for the largest Global Retail Pharmacy he has successfully implemented many change management initiatives that have sustained and adopted talent management and
succession planning curriculums. Launched organizational and Individual image and branding. Progressed the Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda as well as Implementation and Sustainability Programs. Named by Prince Charles in 2015 as The Global Ambassador for Business in The Community – Global Citizen. Provided ongoing mentorship in career building, mapping and structures to not only businesses but individuals as well through his personalized mentoring program. Supported and accelerated diversity and inclusion programs locally and globally. Created and maintained engagement and influence through social media presence and platforms with a cross generational audience.
There’s no surprise that Tony was named Black Enterprise Men of Distinction 40 under 40 in 2016. Tony combines his passion of people and talent to deliver ultimate and long-term success. He truly understands there is no way to add value to others without adding value to yourself.
Currently he is charged with Field Operations and Communications with the largest organization in the world (Fortune 50) by ensuring they not only attract but maintain the best and top talent by bridging communications and execution with those closest to the work.
Lewis began her career at Universal Music Group (UMG), where she oversaw and purchased over $1M in media ad buys and advertising campaigns for some of the biggest names in music entertainment, including Lil’ Wayne, Robin Thicke, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and The Black-Eyed Peas. She also coordinated third-party event opportunities for UMG artists
valued at more than $700,000, including the All-American Rejects for Seventeen and JC Penny’s “Rock Your Prom” 2008 national sweepstakes. Lewis also implemented digital delivery of commercial creative to television networks saving UMG over $50,000 each quarter.
After a successful tenure with UMG, Lewis enrolled in the Masters of Tourism Administration program at The George Washington University. Upon completion in 2010, her talents were sought by the nationally recognized special events firm, Events by Andre Wells (EAW).
As an EAW Account Manager, Lewis coordinated, managed, and produced high-end events and more. Her milestone achievements was the opening for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial & Dream Gala, & a celebratory gala for 250 major donors of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Lewis decided to pursue full-time a long-held passion to create a program for high school students could engage in to be introduced to the live events industry and launched EnventU. EnventU is a workforce development program that creates a pipeline to professions™ in the event industry for teens.
Thank you to all of our Photo & Cinema Partners for sharing in our passion to create amazing events and letting us share your work with the world.
Nadia D Photography | Cat Milanese Photography | Rag Artistry | Sophia Barrett Studios | NSPG Media | Banga Studios | Pacific Pictures | Vitor Lindo Photo & Video | Janet Howard Studios | Ross Oscar Knight | Sam Jasper Photography | FenLong Photography
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