2020 has been a rough one to say the least, but we have somehow made it to November! One step closer to 2021, and I don’t know about you but I am feeling extremely thankful for that. It may feel as though there’s not a lot to be thankful for this year, but I can assure you that there is always something to be thankful for. 

In the spirt of Thanksgiving I wanted to share how thankful I am for my WIPA community. I first want to thank our members for sticking with us through all of the COVID ups and downs, and our International Board for all their hard work, decisions, and support. I’m also extremely thankful for Meghan Ely. I’ve been lucky enough to work very closely with her this year, and I know that WIPA is going to be in great hands next year with her at the helm. Additionally, a huge thank you to Rachel Sheerin for all of her hard work and support in building our WIPA webinar series this year. She had created a well oiled machine so it was an easy transition to offer so much online content when we were all locked down. I’m also super thankful for the steps WIPA has taken to address diversity and inclusion within the wedding industry, so kudos to Rrivre Davies, Beth Bernstein, and Meghan Ely for their tireless work in forming the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to ensure that WIPA is heading in the right direction. And lastly, a huge thank you to Corinne, Vicki, and the marketing team for keeping the WIPA ship afloat during these turbulent times. We truly would not be here today without them. 

I’d like to wrap up this month with a quote from Shauna Niequist: “When life is sweet say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” I think we can all agree that 2020 has been pretty bitter, but I hope you too are able to find things you’re thankful for and continue to grow.

Kevin M. Dennis, CPCE
2020 WIPA President


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WIPA D+I Committee Update

The Diversity + Inclusion committee, led by D+I consultant Ngozi Okeh, has made significant progress since the group first met in mid-September. We first prioritized establishing a solid foundation by creating committee guidelines, as well as the following mission statement:

At WIPA, we promote inclusivity in the wedding industry through active community engagement. We are fiercely committed to increasing the diversity of our membership through outreach, representation, and education.

Currently, we’re heavily into the creation of a robust action plan, which will guide the committee’s efforts as we make our way into 2021. Our areas of focus will be membership, education, marketing and community outreach, as originally established by the focus group held this summer.   

I am thrilled not only by our work, but the dedication of our committee members, who continue to meet every 2 weeks to ensure the momentum continues as the baton is passed to the International D+I Director in 2021. 

Meghan Ely, WIPA 2020 Vice President
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