September 2021

President's Message:

Zero to one hundred. Is everyone else feeling this right now? I have been trying to "triage my workflow" for the past month and honestly, it is hard. I could knock 5 small things off my to-do list and feel super accomplished, but their priority level is super low. Of course the most time consuming task is at the top and I constantly want to avoid it. I know I know, I am not supposed to say that. I feel much more motivated when I see that I am knocking things off my to-do list left and right. So what have I learned (and continuously have to remind myself) over the past month? I have to bite the bullet and prioritize my tasks even if that means not crossing off as many tasks as 'done.' 

For anyone that knows me, I am ALL about knocking out my to-do list and wanting to leave the office with an empty inbox. These days, neither of those things are happening. I am going day by day and rewarding myself for the things that I am getting accomplished. Quality over quantity! 

One day, I will get back to clearing off that to-do list and leaving the office with an inbox at zero. A girl can dream right?


Jamie Adams, CPCE
Chapter President

Member Spotlight

Jennings Whiteway












This month we are highlighting Jennings Whiteway, Owner/Creative Director of Belles & Whistles!
Belles and Whistles is a Richmond based planning company offering services starting from month-of coordination through full service planning, creative design, and everything in between! Since opening in 2013, Jennings and her team are continuously committed to professionalism and fun, and they go the extra mile for their clients every time! ⁣
Please join us in celebrating her this month!

Upcoming Meetings

September Meeting at Common House No. 2

When: Tuesday, September 28th @ 11am
Where: Common House No.2
303 W. Broad St.
Who: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP

Take a little break from your work day and join us for lunching and learning at the Common House! Come see another new Richmond venue and hear from our NACE National President, and very own member, Morgan Montgomery. Her motto is “time = money, but neither grow on trees”. She is going to teach us all about time management and productivity strategies…and what better time to get on track, as we all head into a busy, busy fall event season.
Due to the event space capacity, spots are limited.
Registration is first come, first serve…so get your tickets now!
$50 for members and non-members

From NACE National

Diversity Initiative:

  • Board Statement

    • The board released a statement on June 11th regarding the ongoing injustice and racism in our country. We realize that our statement was late. We, as a board, wanted to take the time to educate ourselves, listen to webinars and podcasts, and become well informed before making a formal statement to our members. We recognize that there is a current issue and need for change within our local catering & event industry and our chapter. We WILL do better.

  • Diversity Committee

    • We have added a diversity committee which will be overseen by the Director of Membership. This group of racially diverse members will work to recruit new black members and retain the involvement of current members of color. This committee will curate black speakers to educate members on topics like racism and inequality within the event industry, promote black owned businesses and members through #unitythroughcommunity, and facilitate meaningful connections and conversations between our members.

  • Re-allocating Funds

    • Quarterly donations to organizations both locally and nationally to support BLM

      • A donation has already been made in honor of Aleya Harris to the Equal Justice Initiative. Thank you Aleya for having a candid conversation with our members about racism and allyship within the wedding and events industry. You can watch the replay here.

    • Sponsor a student member from a local HBCU, Virginia State University or Virginia Union University.

    • Updating our current and future monthly programs to include Black speakers & education as well as partnering with local Black catering & event professionals to showcase their work


We're Here For You!

When the first impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the catering and events industry, NACE moved quickly to support members The National Board has enacted several resources and measures to maintain our strong, vibrant community. We have expanded the membership grace period to 120 days, introduced flexible installment plans, expanded online education, and more. 





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