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Event Planning With Wendy Gladney Brooks

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Last year a young lady who worked in my office by the name of Antoinette, encouraged me to take the entire staff to the "BIZBASH" Conference held in Los Angeles.  BIZBASH is a resource for event and meeting planners to locate inspiration, marketing strategies and useful tools for our industry.  They also provide the latest industry news and provide a directory with contact information on various suppliers, vendors, event planners and venues (plus more).

The conference highlighted a lot of "WOW" factor and over the top productions (which don't always fall into the budgets of community organizations events), but still inspired us on ways to hopefully add a little fluff and sparkle to all that we do.  So as we strolled through the halls and isles of this spectacular "event" I was very happy that we spent the day "learning" new ideas.

One of the new ideas that we gleaned was on the subject of "greening" and how to help our clients become a little more global conscious in the area of recycling, and helping to save our planet.  Our industry does not necessarily lean towards "conservation," however, like anything in life, every little bit helps!  So in my article today, I would like to encourage everyone as they plan their next event, do whatever you can to make a difference and conserve where possible.  Here are a couple of quick suggestions:

  • If you can spread the word through email - this will help cut back on unnecessary use of paper products (plus it may even save you a little money). We won't be able to do away with all printed information - but we can send out reminders, etc., via email.
  • When using disposable paper products - check out items such as "bagasse" recyclable plates and cups.

Duke University put out a nice "Green Event Planning Guide" that I would recommend to everyone who is interested in this topic.  The areas they touch on are how to...

  • Reduce Waste
  • Manage Waste
  • Recycling
  • Conserving Energy
  • Purchasing Environmentally Aware Materials

So remember, we can all make a difference one event at a time.

Give your all in all that you do. Then the PLUS won't just be more, it will be the difference!

Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company.  Visit  www.personalservicesplus.com  or email her at wendy@personalservicesplus.com .  

Event Planning With Wendy Gladney Brooks

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Okay what happened to the first quarter of 2008?  The saying that time waits for no one is definitely true!  In my quiet time I am reading a very interesting book and the chapter I read this morning deals with "wholehearted efforts bring real results."  This rang strongly in my mind because I've been on a course that causes one to give their all and do their best.

Due to challenges and adversities from my childhood, I developed a passion for helping women and girls who've experienced various levels of abuse, abandonment or low self-esteem.  Over the years this passion came out in the form of "mentoring."  It is one of my life goals to help people overcome hurt and pain that causes them to live a defeated life. 

Approximately ten years ago, I started a non-profit, 501 © 3 organization called, "Forgiving For Living, Inc."  www.forgivingforliving.com  (you can also email us at forgiving4living@aol.com) . The purpose of developing this organization was to bring structure and order to my journey of trying to help others turn their stumbling blocks into stepping stones for a happier and more fulfilling life.  In 1999 I wrote a book about my life and the process of overcoming the negative impact of abandonment from my mother and sexual abuse by my father.  The name of the book is, "The Preacher's Daughter:  A Memory."  My second book is titled, "Healing Without Hate:  How To Forgive To Live."  From these two books, Target held a conference where over 300 women attended to discuss how they could break the negative cycle they found themselves in so they could become the best they truly can be!

On Saturday, April 26, 2008 we are introducing "Forgiving For Living, Inc.," to Southern California through "The PLUS Awards," with the hopes of taking the organization to higher heights and impacting the lives of individuals through mentorship, programs and referral services. We want to thank Karen E. Hudson and Broadway Federal Bank for stepping up to be our Event Chair.  Other Sponsors include, The Los Angeles Sentinel, Northrop Grumman, Nestle, USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, SAVE THE DATE Magazine, Heaven Simone, Top of the Line Productions, Dazzle & Design, LA Business Printing, Southern California Trophy, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

The day will consist of a Luncheon & Silent Auction at the Beverly Hills Hotel where individuals who've demonstrated these characteristics of touching the lives of others and helping them on their journey will be honored and celebrated.  The Honorees for the first PLUS Awards will be Sarah Harris, T.C. Richard, Genethia Hayes, Cynthia Busby, Pat Tobin, & Challengers Boys & Girls Club/The Dantzler Family.  To all of them we salute you for the difference you've made in the lives of others.

If you wish to support this event, you may call PSP at (626) 791-3847 or email events@personalservicesplus.com .  Again, we thank everyone that has helped to make this dream come true!

Give your all in all that you do. Then the PLUS won't just be more, it will be the difference!

Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company.  Visit  www.personalservicesplus.com  or email her at wendy@personalservicesplus.com.   

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ImageOn Saturday, March 29th at 10:00 am Castle Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, located at 263 East Dumas Street, San Bernardino under the leadership of Pastor Jon S. Harris will host a press conference honoring Miles Dean, African American Pioneer Cowboy and Educator traveling on horseback from New York to California.


Mr. Dean set out on this journey to draw attention and celebrate the achievements of African American Ancestors in the exploration, expansion and settlement of the United States.  Dignitaries such as San Bernardino elected officials, State Senator Mark Ridley Thomas, actor Glen Turman, and a host of other African American Cowboys and Riding Organizations were invited.


Castle Rock will celebrate Mr. Dean's "ride" by bringing attention to the Inland Empire through this press conference by providing him with a Heroes Welcome.  The following day, the church service will be held and dedicated in his honor.  All are welcome to come and attend!  The church will also be providing a "Country BBQ" for a small fee.


If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Jon S. Harris at (951) 218-0299 or visit www.blackheritagerider.org  to learn more.

 

Give your all in all that you do. Then the PLUS won't just be more, it will be the difference!

Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company.  Visit  www.personalservicesplus.com  or email her at wendy@personalservicesplus.com.    

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The Riverside Black History Month Committee, Riverside Community College District, Mary S. Roberts Foundation, Altura Credit Union, Rogan Building Services and the YWCA of Riverside County are all proud to announce the "JUST DO YOU - The Remix" Empowering Young Women's Conference to be held on Saturday, March 22nd at Riverside City College, Landis Auditorium.

In order to try and provide positive role models and classes to benefit the young women of our community, several organizations have collaborated to bring a day full of workshops for both youth and adults alike.  The sessions will include subjects such as:


  • Health
  • Education
  • Self Esteem
  • You Can Make It - We'll Show You

   How

  • Self Defense
  • Communication (Adults)
  • Tell-Tale Signs of Drug Use (Adults)
  • Promiscuity & Depression (Adults)

There will also be an "Apollo Style Talent Show."  So we encourage young ladies and women to all come out.  I've been blessed to be a part of this conference from its inception and will be granted the honor of being their keynote speaker.  Everything is FREE and all are invited to attend.  So for Women's History Month, come learn how to "JUST DO YOU!"

For more details please visit www.blackhistorycommittee.org  or call (951) 242-7746 or (951) 684-0805.  I'll see you there!



Give your all in all that you do. Then the PLUS won't just be more, it will be the difference!

Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company.  Visit  www.personalservicesplus.com  or email her at wendy@personalservicesplus.com.   

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Over the past year I've had the opportunity to work with Mary Ann Mitchell and an organization that is very near and dear to her heart - the National Black Business Council (NBBC).  NBBC formed a group called the "African American Supplier Engagement Collaboration."  This Collaborative includes the NBBC, the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC), and the Black Business Association (BBA).  Their goal is to increase the number of African American businesses serving as qualified suppliers with major utilities and telecommunications companies.

On Tuesday, March 18th at 10:00am the Collaborative will hold a press conference at the California African American Museum (600 Sate Drive, LA).  This event will announce a large grant that will be provided by Verizon to NBBC.  The grant will serve to help the groups overall goal to increase the number of African American businesses doing business with these corporations.

We encourage everyone to come out to learn more about what is going on and how you can possibly benefit from this project.  The following speakers will be on hand to share and answer questions.

  • Tim McCallion, West Region, Verizon
  • Mary Ann Mitchell, Chairperson, National Black Business Council
  • Earl "Skip" Cooper, President & CEO, Black Business Association
  • Aubry Stone, President & CEO, California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Timothy Simon, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

We invite the community to come out to this event and be involved!



Give your all in all that you do. Then the PLUS won't just be more, it will be the difference!

Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company.  Visit  www.personalservicesplus.com  or email her at wendy@personalservicesplus.com

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