Leading Event Associations Partner with Aim to Increase Representation in Industry


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Corinne Dudine, WIPA

Leading Event Associations Partner with Aim to Increase Representation in Industry

(Scottsdale, AZ) —The National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals (NSBWEP) and The Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA) are pleased to announce a collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives in the events industry.

“We are proud to partner with the National Society for Black Wedding & Event Professionals and welcome new perspectives to build our growing educational foundation,” says Meghan Ely, president of WIPA. “We recognize the influence the NSBWEP has in our industry, and we look forward to supporting them in their mission to increase representation, recognition, and exposure for the Black community within the wedding industry.”

The NSBWEP has been committed to the advancement of Black wedding and event professionals since its inception in 2020. “Our mission has always been to serve as a catalyst in the wedding and event industry by building community and providing equal opportunities for all industry professionals,” states NSBWEP founder, president, and CEO, Tara Melvin. “We are excited to partner with WIPA and amplify our message of inclusivity to its diverse and talented membership base.”

The two associations have committed to a number of deliverables, including a co-hosted joint virtual seminar, shared promotional content, and quarterly events on ClubHouse. The NSWEP Speaker Talent Roster will also be introduced to WIPA education chairs at an upcoming national committee meeting.

About The National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals

The National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals was founded by Tara Melvin to create a space for Black wedding and event professionals to build unity and elevate their businesses through education, scholarships, and networking. The NSBWEP is the first and only membership-based Non-Profit National Association (501-C6) representing Black-owned businesses in the wedding and events industry.

More information can be found at http://www.nationalsocietyblackweddingeventprofessionals.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nsbwep.

About WIPA

Launched in 2008, the Wedding International Professionals Association is a national not-for-profit community that is committed to connecting wedding professionals and providing members with opportunities for professional growth. Dedicated to its four core values—knowledge, integrity, quality, and education—WIPA is made up of a number of member-run committees to assist in the advancement not only of its members but of the community as a whole. Additional information can be found on their website at http://wipa.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WIPAinternational.

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