MACE 2019

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Mid-Atlantic Conference and Expo (MACE) at the MGM National Harbor hosted by Meeting Professionals International Potomac Chapter (MPI). It was a day-long conference and it was one of the best conferences and experiences I’ve had in the industry.

We had great keynote speakers including Sonia Aranza, Tracy Stuckrath, and Joanna Coles, Former Chief Content Officer at Hearst Magazines. To say the least, these women are great professionals in their field, and an inspiration to as all. They all came from different backgrounds, and throughout their sessions, they let us understand a little  more about themselves, how they got there, and how they are succeeding.

At MACE, we got to meet so  many wonderful people in the industry and got to learn about important topics that are being mentioned more and more such as diversity in the work place, learning and being prepared to cater to all people no matter their dietary restrictions, social media and more.

One of the key things that I took from this conference is about diversity. Sonia Aranza, who was the keynote speaker for this topic, reminded us about all the generations working together in one company, or in the same department. We may not always think about it or at all, but we are working with millennials, generation X,  baby boomers, etc., and all of us were born when different things were happening around the world, and lets not forget about our cultural differences.

When I had a difficult encounter with someone who had a different view than me, I would always think of them old school, or that they were afraid of change, which I don’t have a problem with, so after this session, I thought about my past experiences, and realized that I need to step back and put myself in their shoes, and approach them in a different way. They may not budge, but at least I’m hoping I will be more aware of the whys in their hesitations or reactions to certain things, so that we come to an understanding and move forward.

Overall, MACE was great! I definitely look forward to next year’s event and also the upcoming educational events coming up.

There isn’t such a thing as knowing it all or too  much. Continuously learning keeps me motivated!

with love,

Natalie

Sweet Ladies Bakery

Look at these gorgeous wedding cakes! I actually tried some samples during the Capital Bridal Affair and Fashion Show last February at the Mayflower. The show was amazing btw. The cakes I sampled were amazing! If this picture isn’t enough, visit their website 🙂

http://www.sweetladiesbakery.com

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Networking Event @ Virtue Feed & Grain

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I attended a networking event in Old Town Alexandria in a restaurant called “Virtue Feed & Grain”. This event was hosted by the Association of Wedding Professionals. Anyways, let me tell you that it was spectacular. I love going to these sort of events to meet new people in the industry and learn about their experiences. This was my first event with them and I would totally go again in the future. It is also a good opportunity to learn of new venues in the area.

Well, this post is about the venue. A couple of months ago, someone told me about the restaurant “Virtue Feed & Grain” when I was planning a cocktail party for a fraternity. I never got the opportunity to go take a look since it was not in the area the students wanted to have their formal. So, this was my first time there.

The restaurant is actually really nice and cozy! They have two floors and the second floor is very spacious to host any type of event. The style has a look of a “modern American tavern” as they describe it on their website, with wooden tables, amazing lighting, lounging areas, and the staff was outstanding! A little bit of history just because it is always interesting! The building was actually a feed house in the 1800s and they renovated the structure with recycled materials from other structures not being used anymore. They tried to keep a lot of the original structure when renovating it. I always think it is amazing when restaurants try to incorporate originals parts of a building and add a modern twist. It really gives places a personality. You can actually find the entire story on their website. It is very interesting! I also want to point out that everyone was very nice, and the manager came to introduce herself and asked if everything was fine. Also, the food was amazing! Everything tasted very fresh and it was made well.

The restaurant is located in Old Town, Alexandria. For those of you who have never been there, Old Town is an amazing and cute little town. There are tons of shops, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. It is ideal to enjoy the nice weather and walk around. I actually love going there when the weather is nice.

Anyways, so below is the link to the restaurant if you want to check it out!

http://virtuefeedgrain.com/