MASTERING THE ART OF BUSINESS ENTERTAINING
You've decided to entertain business associates at home or you’ve just been put in charge of a large company event. [Panic.] Not only will your skills as a host and conversationalist be on display, but you are also responsible for all of the small details to create a memorable, well-planned event!
Fear not! Join us for a fun evening with our expert panelists who will share tips (and a few secrets) on how to bring order, ease, and flair to your event. Learn about the best food to serve, seating arrangements, ice breaker ideas, décor, and other do’s and don’ts.
Sherri Swingle, Independent Consultant and Executive Director of the Auction of Washington Wines
Auction of Washington Wines is a charitable event promoting the Washington wine industry through a series of events, including a gala dinner for 700, a festive picnic for 1,200, and multiple winemaker dinners. Sherri’s event experience spans 25+ years and includes major fundraising events, multiple day festivals, and small, intimate gatherings.
JJ McKay, Founder and Publisher of The Fresh Toast, Board Chair of the Board for Mary’s Place, Board Member U.S. Bank
JJ has been called the “Perle Mesta of Seattle.” His parties have made the Seattle Times, the New York Post, and New York Times.
Chef John Howie, Chef, Restauranteur and Philanthropist
John is not only a chef, but also a restauranteur and philanthropist. Proprietor of six local restaurants including Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, John Howie Steak, and SPORTS Restaurant and Bar, he also owns John Howie Restaurants Catering. John has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, and more.
Marka Waechter, CEO and Majority Owner of SHWorldwide
SHWorldwide is the state’s largest event planning company. Marka spent the majority of her career in the travel industry, where she was named one of “The Most Influential Women in Travel” in recognition of her contributions to developing online booking tools.
Moderator: Arden Clise, President of Clise Etiquette
An expert in the field of etiquette, Arden is a speaker, trainer, and coach. She has helped thousands of professionals to confidently and comfortably navigate business situations for career and social success.
5:00pm: Network and mingle
This program is brought to you Ellevate and the World Trade Center Seattle.