Brian Green is a multi-award-winning event planner, speaker and educator with twenty years of experience in the international events industry. This former Diplomat for the country of Barbados is the Chief Event Architect and Creative Visionary of By BrianGreen LLC based in Atlanta and Crown Events Inc in Barbados, is known for creating amazing social and corporate events across the globe.
JEZEBEL Magazine voted Green - Best Planner in Atlanta, 2010 and again in 2015 and 2016. He has also been recognized as a " Hall of Fame Recipient" for Best of The Knot. Green has honed his experience into engaging speaking opportunities at such incredible conferences like The Knot, Engage! 2021, Wedding MBA, Catersource, The Signature CEO, Wedding Summit, and Coterie Retreat, just to name a few.
In 2017, he was the featured guest expert on The Steve Harvey Show for their annual Wedding Hour where he presented great tips and advice on how to host the best wedding, while avoiding the usual pitfalls (S5, Ep 168). Green has been featured and published in every major publication including Grace Ormonde, Bride's Magazine, Inside Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, Essence, The Knot, B Collective, just to name a few. Green is a mentor in the Fellowship for Change 2021program for WedPro.
As part of his strong activism and belief in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, he serves as Chairman of the Board for the National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals. Green recently launched his podcast called "The Green Room" and is currently working on his first book with a publisher.
You can connect with Green in person during Catersource + The Special Event during one of his sessions.
The Benefits of Leading with Empathy
Tuesday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Leaders who understand that empathy is the best tool in their arsenal understand the power it holds. Empathetic leaders do more than sympathize with people around them: they use their empathy to improve their company's results. Empathy is a soft skill that leads to tangible, measurable results. Empathy is an emotional and thinking tool that becomes stronger the more we as leaders use it In this session, we will teach you how to hone, train and become an empathetic leader. Utilizing empathy in our businesses creates and encourages the sharing ideas from all members. More importantly they feel open to pour into the business because they are free from the fear of sharing. Allowing everyone on the team to contribute to the vision and success of the company in a meaningful way is a much better management practice.
The JEDI (Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Lifestyle: A Deeper Dive on what it means to be an ally
Thursday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m.
This year we saw companies take a stand when it comes to JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY, and INCLUSION.
Whether it was a black square on social media, a post to celebrate Pride Month, or highlighting their women leaders on International Women's Day, even the largest corporations realized they can no longer remain silent when it comes to issues facing marginalized groups.
However, taking a stand means more than just saying a cause is supported; there must also be action for there to be change.
Join this eclectic and powerful group of event professionals as they have a discussion about their own personal experiences within the industry, the changes they have seen over the course of their careers, common misconceptions, and what others in the hospitality industry can do—and are doing—to ensure that their staffs, vendor lists, and clients are truly diversified.
Event Terminology 101 - Understanding the Basics
Wednesday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.
The Wedding and Event Industry often has a low barrier to entry and attracts people who are highly creative and super talented but do not necessarily have the basics in hand in order to truly service their clients effectively. Even industry peers who have been around for a long time sometimes do not know some of the terminology they should be aware of. We often speak in acronyms and use technical terms that confuse the clients and sadly sometimes the planners involved. This fun, fast-paced 45 minute session takes all attendees back to basics with key terminology phrases they must know in order to service clients professionally:
Attendees will learn:
- Audio/Visual Terminology
- Contract Terminology
- Food & Beverage / Venue Terminology
- General Event Terminology
As a Bonus: Attendees will also learn how to calculate a venue's actual room occupancy depending on the type of event their client is hosting. Oftentimes clients ask how many people can hold in a space - as a professional planner you should be able to calculate that on the spot - not all venues are accurate in what they publish and it is your job to know how to do it so you can guide your client effectively to the right venue for their needs.
Attendees will get a FREE terminology guide.
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