There is so much hurting in our membership, in our industry, in our nation. Our coworkers, our friends, our FAMILY are feeling heavy hearts.
I am continually praying for our industry and that we soon see a light at the end of the tunnel. NACE National has joined forces with #golivetogether coalition to support legislative actions that will aid our industry’s recovery from COVID-19. I know so many of us aren’t sure what the future holds but I feel lighter knowing that I have you strong-willed, confident and vivacious individuals by my side!
It’s PRIDE month and I am so saddened by the fact that we can’t all get together for the festival supporting our LGBTQ community this August. But let’s not forget the cause; Charlotte Pride (charlottepride.org) has lots of alternate ways to show love and support for our LGBTQ friends and family!
NACE Charlotte is more than just an organization. It is a family of people that come from all different walks of life and those differences are what makes us stronger. This family should uplift each other and support each other. We stand with our Black community. We must work together to oppose injustice. We must be intolerant of racism. I pray NACE Charlotte can be a safe space for all. A space where we can embrace and celebrate color!
I hope our chapter will become an even more diverse and inclusive chapter as we learn and grow. I personally, will never pretend to understand what some of our family is going through, but I know we as NACE Charlotte need to be a part of the conversation. We need to commit to doing the work to make this world a safe place for each of you. Your voice needs to always be heard! We need to listen and educate ourselves. I see you, I hear you, I support you.
Be kind to each other, be strong for each other and be hopeful!
I hope to see you all at our next virtual meeting June 15th. Please reach out to me if you want to talk. The board and I are here for you!
Unfortunately the 2020 NACE Experience Conference has been cancelled, but don't worry... we will see you at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in August 2021! If you need additional information, please contact the National Staff at [email protected] or use the live chat feature at www.nace.net.
Dear NACE Members,
Last week, we all watched in horror and read about the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. It was a moment of brutality and injustice that followed the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others. As we watched and reflected on this terrible act, we’ve been filled with a range of emotions that are difficult to resolve: anger, despair, depression, feeling lost, and desperate for answers. It has cut through the other preoccupations around us in life and in business. It has brought back into focus — above the pandemic, or politics, or the economy — the centuries of brutality, systemic racism, and inequality that are behind this national tragedy.
Earlier this week, the National Board made a simple statement of where the organization stands on this that we would like to share again:
“NACE stands with our black members, black catering and event professionals, and all black people. A vibrant community means a diverse community. NACE is here to listen, to embrace, to elevate, and to love our black community. NACE’s values are clear. NACE condemns police brutality against minorities. NACE condemns systemic oppression. NACE condemns racism. What we value and promote are love, unity, and peaceful change. We must work together to challenge injustice and structural inequity.”
These tragic events, and the inspiring, peaceful protests that have followed, remind many Americans that we have work to do as a nation, as communities and as human beings. We also have work to do as NACE to build a more diverse and inclusive association.
The National Board knows that it can do better on this issue, and that starts by apologizing for not acting faster. In full transparency, the National Board began discussing diversity and inclusion in 2018, and last year we allocated funding for 2020 to bring in an expert to advise and guide us. We should have acted sooner and with more urgency. We’re truly sorry for this and we will do better.
Starting now, the National Board will push a diversity and inclusion initiative forward as an immediate priority. We will do this with full transparency and will be sharing our plan with actionable steps and desired measurable results as soon as possible. We ask for your help, your guidance, your passion, and your voice of support.
We want to assure you that NACE’s values and ethics will always place us on the side of progress, of change, and of working for a better, unbiased, and more equitable society.
Doug Quattrini, CPCE, National President
Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP, President-Elect
James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, Vice President
Amber Allen, CPCE, Treasurer
Lisa Carruth, CPCE, Secretary
Karen Tucker, CPCE, CLC Chair
Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP, Past President