We are sad and angry about the ongoing injustice and racism in our country. We see it in our own industry, not just nationally, but locally. While we made diversity a strategic chapter goal starting in 2019, we ultimately failed to take action steps towards inclusion and diversity, and for that we are sorry.
The NACE Richmond Chapter condemns racisms and systemic oppression.
Moving forward, our Board is committed to prioritizing the support and promotion of black catering and event professionals in the Richmond and Central Virginia area. This starts with the NACE Richmond Chapter having necessary conversations about our lack of black members, attendees, and guest speakers and how we can become better allies to our black community.
This is accomplished through action. We are committed to recruiting new black members and to retaining the involvement of our members of color. We will partner with black speakers and educate members on topics like racism and inequality in the events industry. We will promote black owned businesses and members through #unitythroughcommunity. Lastly, we will facilitate meaningful connections and conversations between our members.
We will do better.
Jamie Adams, CPCE, Chapter President
Alli Prato-Carney, CPCE, Vice President
Laura Silva, CPCE, Treasurer
Alaina Hall, CPCE, Secretary
Kate Franzen, Director of Membership
Sarah Chiffriller, Director of Programs
Carter Sutton Aines, Director of Marketing
Anne Roy, CPCE, Immediate Past President