I am so excited to tell y'all (see, it's already sinking in) that I just found out I have won my second scholarship prize to attend the NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) Educational Conference in Houston, TX this July! Yeehaah!
I attended the 2006 Educational Conference in Phoenix, AZ by winning this same scholarship last year.
I am one of four award recepients and received 2nd prize: Full Conference Registration & $500 cash!! WOW:)!! Although I would not miss attending this conference, it sure is nice to have this taken care.
It's also a recognition of my involvement with my local NACE association here in Las Vegas by regularly attending meetings, giving to the organization and community projects, and leadership involvement as being part of our local chapter's Board of Directors. This year I am the chapter's Newsletter Commitee Chair which I really am enjoying. It's my involvement in the newsletter that inspired me to begin my blog (er, diary).
The Educational Conference hosts over 600 people, all catering managers, directors, event planners and affiliates (like DJ's, event designers, food suppliers (of course it is a catering convention after all) and many others to network with each other, learn and see all the new trends in food, food design and presentation and event production. Of course, we always get inspired with presentations on improving our businesses and ourselves. And we have a LOT OF FUN. The parties are fantastic, and of course THE FOOD is unbelievable (as you would expect).
I am sure that Houston is going to throw one heck of a great ho'down good time. You know they do EVERYTHING BIGGER in the "Great State of Texas"!! Best of all, my Dallas native husband may join me as well. You know, he made me an honorary Texan "Cause I had the good sense to marry one". He has a lot of those Texanism's like that that make me laugh and a few other things!
If you are reading this and you are new to the profession of Wedding Consulting, I urge you to get involved with your local industry networking groups , espeically those with national or international members. Whether it is NACE, ISES (International Special Event Society) or another, the exposure and inspiration you gain from people all over the world and the personal and professional rewards you gain are worth every penny spent on membership!
I better start practicing that "Honky Tonk Bedonkadonk" dance now!! I hope I can dance it better than I spelled it:)
Have a Stylish Day!