Women Influencers in Business

May 21, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

121B 12th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203

Join Nashville NACE in welcoming amazing

Nashville Women in Business

Join us for an amazing 3 course meal hosted by Tansuo (did someone say dumplings?!?!) and a panel discussion with four incredible Nashville women in business.  


Elizabeth Suzann, owner Elizabeth Suzann

Elizabeth’s bio: I’m Liz, the designer and founder of Elizabeth Suzann. I live here in Nashville, TN with my husband (and business partner) and our two dachshunds, Odie and Oscar. I studied Art History and Political Science in college, and I graduated with a liberal arts degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. During our first year in Nashville, I started selling the clothing I'd sewn as a hobby here and there - and the snowball was off and rolling! I fine tuned and polished my philosophy about building an intentional wardrobe after I had started selling at craft fairs and on Etsy. I then developed a real business model and set goals about eight months into it. Over the past six years Elizabeth Suzann has grown into something I am so proud of."

Channing Moreland, owner EvaMore

Channing Moreland lives in Nashville, TN where she is currently the CEO and co-founder of EVAmore. Moreland and her business partner launched EVAmore in 2015. They saw how technology could vastly improve the booking sector for the music industry by building a platform that connects event planners and artists, which automates booking live entertainment. Moreland and her team have expanded EVAmore to Austin and Atlanta with additional cities underway in 2019. Named Young Entrepreneur of the Year and featured in Forbes, Nashville Business Journal, and Forward Beat.

Mary Huddleston, owner Please Be Seated

Mary Hollis Huddleston is the Co-Founder and Creative Director for Please Be Seated, a full-service event rental company based in Nashville, TN that services the entire southeast. Mary’s event management and design experience began in January 2007 in Dallas, TX. She worked for a boutique wedding planning firm, Diamond Affairs Weddings and Special Events (2007) for a year before she was recruited to help open the Wedding Division of nationally recognized Todd Events (2007-2011). She then left Todd Events to manage all internal events for the internally acclaimed Nasher Sculpture Center (2011- 2012) before starting her own wedding and event planning company, Southern Social Events in 2012. Mary moved from Dallas back to her hometown of Nashville, TN in 2013. After coordinating several events, Mary realized there was a lack of high-end event rental furniture available, which led to the creation of Please Be Seated. Mary partnered with her husband, Paul Huddleston to open “PBS” Nashville in the spring of 2014. Since opening their doors, PBS has furnished Nashville’s biggest social events including the Swan Ball, Frist Gala, Governor’s Ball, CMA Awards and countless other corporate, social and non-profit events.  Please Be Seated expanded into all party rentals including: tables, chairs, china, glassware, silverware,linen, bars, stages, dance floors in addition to their extensive collection of lounge furniture. Mary serves on the Family Council at Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens and was one of the Nashville Business Journals 2017 Women of Influence. 

Robyn Bass, owner Maple Ridge Events

Robyn Bass is a long-standing and genuine leader inNashville's event and hospitality industry. She’s workedin restaurant management, destination management sales and operations as well as transportation logistics over the past three decades. Robyn brings a wide variety of experience to the organizations she now runs, focusing on strategic planning and organizational growth. Serving on multiple boards, and a champion for continuing education within her teams, Robyn is a leader that teaches others that hard work and integrity win every time.  Her current organizational leadership encompasses the following: Owner/CEO - Maple Ridge Events, A Hosts Global Member and accredited DMC; Owner/CEO - Oak Ridge AMC, Accredited Association Management Company; Owner/CEO - Aspen Ridge Entertainment; Owner/CEO - Cedar Ridge Nashville, vacation rental property; and Owner/President - Redwoods Management, small business back office solutions.  Robyn is an advocate for women supporting other women and Maple Ridge Events is a certified WBE with the Woman Business Enterprise Council.


Our panel discussion will be moderatored by Todd Walker. Todd is the head of corporate communications and government relations for global tire manufacturer Hankook Tire. Prior to that Todd spent 12 years as a multi-EMMY award winning journalist on the local and national levels, including at WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. Todd also is a volunteer for the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce.


Meaning ‘to explore’ in Cantonese, Tansuo is as an exploration of contemporary Chinese cuisine reminiscent of China’s night markets and traditional street fare.
The menu features dishes using humble ingredients presented in an extraordinary way


Macro Productions is a corporate meeting and event production company.  Their services span audio visual services, creative concepts, and full-blown event production.
Because of Macro's flexibility, many companies rely on Macro to handle their multitude of different events globally.  
The consistency of experience, pricing, and execution elevate Macro and their clients above the norm and ensure seamless experiences. 


Save The Date::

June 18th 

Legal Matters with Bone McAllister Law Firm

Get the latest information on event industry legal issues.

12:00-4:00 PM

July (Date TBD)

Social Event With Fellow Industry Peers!

Mid-year social with all our industry pros to refresh and recharge before heading into Q3!

August 20th Lunch & Learn 11-1 PM

"How to Conduct Business With the Music Industry"

with Diane Bearden-Enright

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Legal Matters With Bone McAllester Norton

June 18, 2019
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Bone McAllester Norton
511 Union St #1600,
Nashville, TN 37219

Learn the latest industries related legal issues with expert attornies

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