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Who's News for February 25, 2021

Special events business news.

Morgan Connacher Headshot.jpgMorgan Connacher, CSEP, has joined Haute Rock Creative/EventWorks as Vice President, Events & Special Programs.  In January of this year, EventWorks was acquired by Austin, Texas-based Haute Rock Creative, naming Alisa Walsh as CEO over the combined agencies. Haute Rock Creative/EventWorks is one of the largest, top-tier agencies in the US for corporate, sports, and entertainment clients. Connacher and her team will continue the 30-year record of excellence that EventWorks is known for, with Haute Rock Creative's cutting-edge resources.  

The Events Industry Council has announced their 2020 recipients for the Hall of Leaders, which includes John H. Graham IV, CAE; Anita Pires; and Jonathan Howe Esq. The new social impact award categories were awarded to Latoya Lewis (individual) and The Above and Beyond Foundation (organization), as well as 20 Black Tourism and DMO Leaders for Leading in Times of Crisis. 

CORT Events will be hosting ongoing monthly interviews with industry leaders as a part of their new engagement campaign on Instagram: CORT Event Convos. Engagement in this series will support SEARCH Foundation and their mission to assist #eventprofs and #cateringprofs in crisis. 

Weddings International Professionals Association (WIPA) has launched their Diversity + Inclusion page, introducing their 2021 Committee along with a number of resources. Under the leadership of 2021 International Diversity + Inclusion Director Cindy Celis, the Committee is focusing on executing the D+I Action Plan finalized initially by the 2020 Committee.  

Wedding Industry Speakers has announced a partnership with the Small Business Association for the ongoing series, Wedding Industry’s Road to Recovery & Rebuilding. The month-long series, complimentary to all in the industry, will feature Renee Sabo, and Conference speakers Michelle Loretta, Bron Hansboro, Margaux Fraise and Christie Osborne.  

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