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Chapter Updates

A Message from the DFW NACE President

Dear DFW NACE Family,

At some point in my DFW NACE presidency, I’m going to have the opportunity to send out the traditional and, dare I say, fluffy message that you’re used to seeing from past presidents. It definitely wasn’t my last newsletter, where I focused on Covid-19 and the effects it was having on our event industry. And it certainly isn’t going to be this one either.

There’s no denying that 2020 has been tough. For all of us. And for some members of our community, it hasn’t just been a rough year. It’s simply a life that has been made more difficult because of the color of their skin. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, I think (or dare I say, hope) that we can all agree that our country has a long way to go when it comes to racial equality, fairness, and sometimes just plain decency. It’s a shame that there has to be another trending hashtag in order for the world at large to see what those of us in the black community have known for a long time. Things aren’t equal.

But here’s what I do know…

The Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of NACE can be a safe space. A place where we can avoid naively saying things like, “I don’t see color” as a way to show solidarity and togetherness, but instead can embrace and celebrate our differences, including race. While it may be well intentioned to think that being blind to color is a good thing, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking our backgrounds and experiences are the same. Our chapter is more diverse than it’s ever been. Ever. And the only way we keep it that way is by fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment. Not just with Instagram messages and Facebook posts.

I want to encourage you to take a look around you. At your friend group. At your children’s friend group. At your network. At your workplace. Surrounding yourself with people who don’t look like you, who don’t worship where you worship, and maybe don’t even love who you love makes us all better. And pretending like we’re all the same, well… that’s so 2019.

I’ll be attending this webinar tomorrow to continue the conversation, “Healing Wounds & Bridging Gaps: An Honest Conversation About Race & Allyship in the Wedding Industry.” I hope you’ll join me.

Kimberly Rhodes
Owner & Event Planner at Hitched Events
DFW NACE President

All About Earning Your CPCE from Lauren Twichell

A CPCE designation signifies your mastery and knowledge of 8 core competencies as a professional in the catering and events industry. CPCE stands for Certified Professional in Catering and Events. It is a nationally recognized program and you receive the certification through NACE. It truly is the mark of excellence for catering and event professionals!

The 8 CPCE Core Competencies are:

  1. Accounting
  2. Beverage Management
  3. Catering Services
  4. Contracts and Agreements
  5. Food Production
  6. Event Management
  7. Human Resources
  8. Sales and Marketing

I believe that your education doesn’t end after school. Continuing to further your education as a professional is what sets you apart from all the other event professionals out there. The CPCE program allows you to become a trusted events and catering vendor partner and gives you a competitive advantage in the job market.

For me, earning my CPCE is about more than JUST my years of experience and my job title. Having earned my CPCE, I am not only demonstrating my expertise in these 8 subjects of the event industry and food and beverage, but I am also proving to myself, my employers, and my clients that I am an essential and versatile resource when planning and managing an event.

Preparing and studying for the CPCE is definitely something you want to make time in your schedule for. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston Conrad Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, so I have had a thorough education in food and beverage safety, policies, and guidelines. But this was over a decade ago! Guidelines and protocols for the catering and events industry have evolved over time. So, I decided to take a Fast Track Course that NACE offers to freshen up my knowledge and I also used the CPCE handbook as a study guide.

On the morning of the test, like anyone else might feel, I was equally calm and nervous at the same time. I knew I was well-prepared, but I was anxious and ready to take the test! I was able to take the test during the NACE Evolve Conference earlier this year that was hosted in Dallas. And sweet Kevin Brant was my proctor.

If you’re interested in receiving your CPCE or you want to learn more, reach out to myself or another board member. As a chapter, we can set up a study group, and plan our own test date in DFW with a local proctor. It’s an incredibly easy process to set this up for our members, and the DFW NACE Board is always happy to facilitate the planning! Also, I want to note, that it was incredibly helpful to have a supportive group of friends and colleagues to study with and to be able to cheer each other on through it all. We were also able to quiz one another!

You can reach me at vicepresident@dfwnace.com

Lauren Twichell, CPCE
Director of Business Development, CN Catering
Vice President of DFW NACE

NACE Webinar Series

Stay Productive, Build Skills, Set Goals, & Prioritize Self-Care

**Monday, April 20th – Thursday, April 23rd**

NACE and the Foundation of NACE, along with NACE Business Partner, Wedding Industry Speakers, is bringing a webinar series to you the week of April 20th.

Best of all, all four of the webinars are FREE to all NACE members, and non-members alike!

There is a great line-up of both topics and speakers. Meghan Ely will be the facilitator of the series. 

FREE for everyone!
You must register for each day separately at the links are below. Don’t forget to share with your friends and colleagues!

**Schedule for the week of April 20th**

Monday, April 20th
PRODUCTIVITY
Featuring Elizabeth Sheils on Mastering Email Once and For All, Jen Taylor on Setting Client Boundaries + Expectations during COVID, Renee Dalo on Connecting on Camera and Kevin Dennis, CPCE on Tech Apps – Managing from Home.
Register for Monday here

Tuesday, April 21st
BUILDING SKILLS
Featuring Michele Loretta on Cash Flow During Crisis, Brittny Drye on Getting Published, Leah Weinberg on The Psychological Impact of COVID on our Clients and Emily Sullivan on Finding Your Niche.
Register for Tuesday here

Wednesday, April 22nd
RECOVERY
Featuring Lisa Anhaiser on Goal Setting for Event Pros, Christie Osborne on Preparing Your Marketing for Recovery, Kinsey Roberts on Managing Your Business Reputation During and After COVID-19 and Aleya Harris on Future Proofing your Business with Email Marketing.
Register for Wednesday here

Thursday, April 23rd
RECHARGING
Featuring Eddie Zaratsian on Seeing/Finding Inspiration during COVID, Bron Hansboro on Self Discovery during COVID, Jose Rolon on Wellness During (and After) COVID, and Meryl Snow on Getting Ready for the New Normal.
Register for Thursday here

Update about Covid-19

Dear DFW NACE Family,

In light of the current situation with COVID-19 and the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have decided to cancel our next monthly meeting, scheduled for April 1st.

This decision did not come lightly for the DFW NACE Board of Directors. However, for the health and well-being of our entire community, we know that canceling the April 1st event is the best option. Those who have already signed up for the April 1st event will be refunded in the coming days. 

I can’t think of a moment in time where our event colleagues have needed a hug more than a fist bump, and to come together more than being isolated. Remember that you are not in this alone. We have a strong DFW NACE community.

Our NACE National leaders are continuing to monitor developments around Covid-19 and they are providing updates and resources as they learn more. Keep an eye on your email and follow DFW NACE on Instagram and Facebook for information about our upcoming events.

We appreciate your understanding.

Be well and stay strong,

Kimberly Rhodes
Owner & Event Planner at Hitched Events
DFW NACE President