On this Episode of Meeting Pros:
Ashia R. Sims is the Chief Transmedia Officer of Art of Genius Creative Technology Series and Founding Curator of Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival. She is also the Chief Content Manager at Friday Girl TV, a web station for women. Ashia has worked in the field of television and film production for over 10 years. She has worked on television projects for BET, Fox, Peachtree TV, Starz in Black and NBC as well as several feature film projects. She is passionate about empowering women to be their best selves and stepping outside of the status quo. She represents one of the early generations of kids to grow up sitting in front of a computer and enjoys tech talk about the latest smart phone, coolest app and other tech devices.
Ashia resides in Atlanta, GA and loves attending festivals like Comic Con and Dragon Con and making time to read and write horror and science fiction stories.
Alex Lassiter with Gather
My background is comes from the corporate planning side. I worked for a strategy consulting firm (Bain & Company). Among my day-to-day analyst responsibilities, weekly team dinners, holiday parties, & sales dinners also fell under my umbrella. It was really at this point that I realized the challenges of booking venues. We thought finding a venue to host your dinner or event should’ve been as easy as booking a hotel on Orbitz.
I left my job about a year ago with a colleague of mine (Nick) to start a company in the restaurant industry. We spent about 6 months working with all different types of restaurants before we fully developed the idea behind Gather. Now we’re in over 50 restaurants in the Atlanta area with venue sizes that range from 10 to 250 guests. We created Gather to connect meeting planners to hundreds of restaurants & event spaces, facilitating hassle-free event planning.
Patrice Washington with Seek Wisdom Find Wealth
Patrice C. Washington is the author of Real Money Answers, a series of sensible, straightforward, question and answer style, personal finance books written to address the most common financial questions of targeted groups of individuals. The first installment, Real Money Answers: College Life & Beyond is the ultimate guide to creating a wealthy mindset, skill set and overall personal finance success in your 20s.
Patrice is also the founder of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, which provides one-on-one personal finance and entrepreneurship coaching to professional women who are overworked, yet underpaid and desire to profit from their passion. A frequent speaker at business, college and women’s events, Patrice’s wisdom on money matters has been featured by national brands such as NBC, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Upscale Magazine and more.