Month: February 2018

Member in the Spotlight: CliqueCam

CliqueCam provides unique photo booth activation’s for companies and brands seeking to elevate their event experience.                                                                           

 

How many years have you been with the company? (number only):

I started this business 2 years ago

 

Description of product/service of your company:

I created Greater Philadelphia’s premier boutique photo experience company to provide unique photo booth activation’s for companies and brands seeking to elevate their event experience.  We specialize in creating an elevated experience for our clients – from boomerangs to digital green screens, social media sharing to on-screen personalized animations.

 

Company or organization besides yours that you respect most:

Honestly, that is a really tough call and I cannot choose just one.  I truly respect all the women-owned (and built) businesses that I am surrounded by on a daily basis – from my best friend to my sister to Mary K. Dougherty.

 

Business leader or innovator you want to emulate:

Emily Bittenbender is a true #BADAS* in Philadelphia.  As the owner of Bittenbender Construction, she started a 100% woman-owned construction company 15 years ago that is committed to diversity and focuses on a collaborative environment. I met her over 4 years ago at a CCPA luncheon and her excitement, enthusiasm and passion for her industry really struck a chord with me.  I have followed her career and growth ever since!

 

Most important business decision:

My most important business decision was co-founding Party Partners of Philadelphia (www.partypartnersphilly.com) in 2013 with my 6 partners.  We were the trailblazers in creating a truly collaborative environment within the hospitality community in Philadelphia.  We started as a small group of leaders (7 total) and decision makers in the hospitality and events industry with a focus on making a difference.  Since 2013 we have grown to 25 members and give back to the community through campaigns such as Party Partners Against Cancer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

Most important life decision:

Learning that my passion for fashion may not translate to what is best for my career. For years I chased the dream of working in the fashion industry (I dabbled several times throughout my career), however once I accepted that my true calling lies in events and I can still love fashion and not rely on it for my financial stability, I was much happier!

 

When and why you joined the IBA:

I joined the IBA back in 2014 when I was the sales & marketing manager for Fogo de Chao.  I met Zach when he was new to the IBA – he was so committed and passionate about the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia and was seeking more hospitality related members.  I was thrilled to introduce him to my networking group, Party Partners of Philadelphia and the rest is history!

 

Greatest advantage to being a member:

Networking and growing with this wonderful community.  Every member is open, engaging and focused on helping each other achieve their goals as a member.

 

Proudest moment, honor, or achievement:

In 2015 I accepted a nomination for the Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Society Woman of the Year campaign – a unique opportunity to help the more than one million Americans who are living with blood cancers by helping raise critical funds to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  I rose over $35,000 in just 10 short weeks and started #PartyPartnersAgainstCancer which celebrates 5 years of support to LLS as of 2018!

 

How are you involved with giving back to the community?

Refer to my proudest moment!!

 

Little known fact:

I have a fear of heights

 

Guiltiest pleasure:

Shoe shopping!

 

Favorite vacation spot:

St. John is my favorite island to visit and snorkel with the sea turtles

 

Last book read:

Last book I read was #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso and I am currently reading The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

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IBA Board President Honored with 2018 Bring It Home Award

For as long as Rich Horrow has been Board President at the IBA, a goal of his was to bring the NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference to Philadelphia. His years of coalition building, networking and connecting have paid off. Thanks to Rich’s efforts, along with their Conference, the NGLCC will be bringing countless opportunities for diverse businesses, significant economic impact to our city, and close to 1,500 attendees and visitors. In recognition of this accomplishment, Rich will be honored with the 2018 PHLDiversity “Bring It Home” award, presented to individuals that support PHLDiversity’s mission by working with the PHLCVB to bring a diverse and multicultural convention to Philadelphia.

“Meetings mean business; and over the next ten years, meetings and conventions are projected to infuse more than $2 billion into the local economy,” says Greg Deshields, PHLDiversity Executive Director. “The ‘Bring It Home’ award is presented to individuals who support PHLDiversity’s mission by working with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) to bring a diverse convention to the city. Rich Horrow and IBA have been great partners, working alongside PHLDiversity in our continued efforts to expand our reach into the LGBTQ meeting and convention market and drive more business to Philadelphia. We are proud to recognize this great partnership, and are excited for Rich to join past recipients that include former Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Congressman Bob Brady, and former Governor Ed Rendell.”

We’re thrilled that PHLDiversity has chosen Rich for their “Bring It Home” award. While we’re very proud of Rich, we can’t say that we are at all surprised. Rich’s work ethic, ability to bring folks together around a common goal, and dedication to the expansion and inclusion of LGBT business have made any organization or project he’s part of more successful and sustainable by leaps and bounds.

PHLDiversity will also be honoring President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Rodriguez, for her efforts in bringing the USHCC 2018 National Convention to Philadelphia. The awards will be presented at the 2018 PHLDiversity Business Opportunity Luncheon, on February 14th at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, Philadelphia. This dynamic program awards business leaders for outstanding contributions and provides vendor opportunities, access, and specific insights into contract needs for upcoming diverse meetings and conventions. Proceeds of the luncheon benefit the Philadelphia chapters of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) as well as the Jack P. Ferguson MPI PHL Scholarship.

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