ENHANCE VIBRANCY: PANELS, SOLUTION SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

VIBRANCY IS CREATED by a continuum of social experiences and encounters in a hospitality zone, enhanced when the “street becomes a venue” with outdoor dining, buskers and vendors.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN SOCIAL SPACES

FORMAT: SOLUTION SESSION

BUILDING BLOCK: ENHANCE VIBRANCY

DATE: MARCH 2, 2020

TIME: 9:15 am - 10:30 am

RECOGNIZING THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY IN NIGHTLIFE

Cities are promoted as destinations in large part because of diverse food, beverage and entertainment options. It requires a diverse workforce and population to open the businesses that offer these experiences.

A city that features cuisine from different countries, has staff that speaks dozens of languages, and offers multiple types of dance is undeniably diverse. But is this a city that is inclusive and equitable, too? Who’s missing out on the social experience? Who doesn’t feel safe or comfortable in nightlife? Find out what diversity, inclusion and equity mean for municipalities and how they play out in people’s lives and in social spaces.

Attend this awareness raising session to understand fundamental principles and how to apply them to your community.

Discussion Topics

  • How to make the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion in your city
  • Definitions of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • What are the factors that include or exclude people by age, life stage, lifestyle, gender identify, race or ethnicity, and the LGBTQ+ community in nightlife districts?
  • How are social and political trends influencing people’s perception of safety at night?
  • What are ways to identify and dismantle institutionalized barriers in your city?
  • Tools that can help you assess your city’s level of inclusion

SESSION FACILITATORS

alicia scholer
Vice President
Responsible Hospitality Institute
MODERATOR

Greg DeShields
Executive Director
PHLDiversity
RHI Board Member

john samuel
LCI Tech Manager
LCI Tech

Participant solution stories and strategies

WOMEN MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN NIGHTLIFE

FORMAT: PANEL

BUILDING BLOCK: ENHANCE VIBRANCY

DATE: March 1, 2020

TIME: 11:30 - 12:45 pm

what if women designed the nighttime social experience

Women are primary decision makers and influencers about where to shop, live, work and play. This is particularly true for food, beverage and entertainment choices at night. Yet cities and downtowns are primarily designed by men. Hear from the women who are shaping the evolution of the social experience across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to see your community and your nightlife differently– from a woman’s lens.

Discussion Topics

  • How does a female perspective create a safer, more vibrant nighttime social experience for all?
  • What are male venue owner/operators missing out on when creating social spaces?
  • What issues and trends are emerging in food choice, beverages, interior design and seating?
  • Are there special challenges for women in opening a business?
  • Is there a bias in reviews and award programs of women achieving success as chefs, DJ’s and performers?
  • What can cities, nightlife districts and businesses do to encourage inclusion and better plan for women’s comfort and safety?

SESSION FACILITATORS

Allison Harnden
Nighttime Economy Manager
Pittsburgh, PA
RHI Board Co-chair

carlene comrie
Owner
Taste of the Caribbean and the Red Lounge
Seattle, WA

elizabeth peterson
Founder & CEO
Elizabeth Peterson
Group. Inc.

dj matrixxx
CEO of Recess Bar & Lounge, Niche 385 & DJ
Tripple P
Macon, GA

dominique greco
Project Manager
Downtown Development Board
Orlando, FL

evolution of a music city: Seattle's story

FORMAT: SOLUTION SESSION

BUILDING BLOCK: ENHANCE VIBRANCY

DATE: March 1, 2020

TIME: 10:00 am - 11:15 am

The global “music city” movement brings attention to the importance of music in our lives and how music is an economic engine that creates jobs in multiple sectors. This session will be a case study of Seattle’s rise as a music city. Learn how the city intentionally worked to strengthen the music economy through policy, staffing, resource allocation and incentives.

Two leaders in Seattle’s evolution, and their role in advancing the concept of a “music city” over three decades, will set the framework for a discussion with participants on their music city journey.

James Keblas got his start in the music business working in hip hop at NastyMix Records and later organized concerts at a legendary music venue called the Velvet Elvis Arts Lounge. As director of Seattle Office of Film and Music, James Keblas led many of Seattle’s nighttime management initiatives, which are shared in a TEDTalk.

Kate Becker took over the role as director before her current position as King County Creative Economy Strategist and continues to be a featured speaker at music conventions worldwide.

PANELISTS

KATE BECKER
Creative Economy Strategist
Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine

James Keblas
Founder
Film and Music Coalition

Participant solution stories and strategies

 

 

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