From Denmark to Canada

Last week during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), J Marshall Events had the honor of planning an incredibly important event; the passing of the Women Deliver (WD) baton from Denmark to Canada.

Women Deliver Poster and Banners

Photos © Birgitta Lund

Women Deliver 2019

In 2016 Denmark had the pleasure of hosting the Women Deliver conference. They embraced every moment and held a month long celebration of events, coming up with concrete solutions that are still in place today. Canada will be hosting the next Women Deliver conference in 2019 and although they have big shoes to fill, if the words of Minister Bibeau and Madame Sophie Trudeau are to be taken to heart, they are up and excited for the challenge.

Serious but Fun

Although Women Deliver deal with serious, often times difficult, subjects; they were determined to make the event fun and interactive. The whole team composed mainly of women, arrived at the UNGA checkpoint to be escorted through UNGA security to the Delegates Dining Room to set up for the activities. These included an interactive Ideas Wall where guests could leave their suggestions on topics they would like to see discussed, and speakers they would love to hear at WD2019. The responses ranged from Lady Gaga to Malala Yousafzai. We also set up a selfie station with fun props and a polaroid camera. It was a major hit and the guests got some great memories to take home with them.

Passing the Baton

Half way through the evening there was an actual passing of the baton (the Women Deliver arrow) from Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark to Madame Trudeau. The wonderful speakers included Katja Iversen, Minister Tørnaes, Minister Bibeau, Madame Trudeau and two young leaders, Dakshitha and Olaoluwa Abagun. They all spoke passionately about how we, as a society, treat our women and girls and as Sophie Trudeau said, “We need to be held accountable for telling the truth and the truth is we can’t leave out half the population”. It is up to us, all of us, to work harder and do better.

Investing in Girls and Women

It’s events like these that remind us here at J Marshall Events why we do what we do. When people get together and work together we can achieve all our goals. As Katja Iversen reminded us all, “When you invest in girls and women, there is a ripple effect and everybody wins”. We here at J Marshall Events want everyone to win!

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New York premiere screening

On June 6, 2017, J Marshall Events had the honor of organizing the New York premiere screening of Jaha’s Promise at the United Nations. We worked with UN Women, The Guardian newspaper, and the Wallace Global Fund to plan the documentary screening and panel discussion, along with a reception.

A heart-wrenching documentary

The film by Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan profiles the life and struggles of Jaha Dukureh, who was named one of 2016 TIME magazine’s, 100 Most Influential people. It is a remarkable, heart-wrenching documentary that shows how one person can make a difference. Originally from The Gambia, Jaha is now leading an African movement fighting to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced child marriage.

Jaha's Promise Official Trailer from Patrick Farrelly on Vimeo.

Struggles and Accomplishments

We were excited to be back at the UN and ECOSOC, a venue that J Marshall Events has become very familiar with over the years.  The film was a resounding success bringing tears to many as the guests followed Jaha’s struggles and accomplishments.

Discussion and Q&A

After a standing ovation, Jaha’s Promise was followed by a lively panel discussion and Q&A with Jaha Dukureh and the filmmakers who discussed issues that continue to affect women and girls around the globe. It was inspiring to hear directly from Jaha about her experiences and intentions going forward.

Reception and Speakers

In addition to the New York premiere screening, J Marshall Events helped organize the pre-screening reception in the West Terrace of the Delegates Dining Room.  Hosted by the Wallace Global Fund, Ellen Dorsey introduced a short program of speakers including Scott Wallace, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Ambassador Mamadou Tangara.

It was a lovely event and we look forward to working with the participants again in the near future, and continuing to support the causes J Marshall Events believes in!

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Equal Measures 2030A few weeks ago J Marshall Events (JME) had the honor and pleasure of organizing the launch event of Equal Measures 2030 in New York. EM 2030 is a non-profit partnership between nine organizations working towards ensuring that the gender equality goals of 2030 are met. By organizing data and evidence, they will engage with decision makers by highlighting where the gender gaps lie and if quantifiable progress is being made.

Expect the unexpected!

The event was originally to be held the previous evening, but had to be cancelled when Winter storm Stella closed down most of New York. Rescheduling the event with less than 24 hours notice proved to be an unexpected challenge. We had to rebook the venue and vendors, change the catering and even hire new staff.  Fortunately, J Marshall Events is used to last minute changes and we thrive on the unexpected!  What was intended to be an evening reception became a luncheon, and despite reduced transportation around the city, we had a great turnout.

The Equal Measures 2030 Team

The Equal Measures 2030 Team

Culinary Treat

Set in front of the beautiful snow covered balcony at Scandinavia House, the launch embodied the very spirit of global collaboration that Equal Measures 2030 is striving for. Our canape buffet of stuffed grape leaves, lamb kofte, s’mores on a stick and English tea platters, courtesy of Between The Bread, took our guests on a culinary international treat!

Impressive Ladies

The inspiring speakers, Dr. Jody Heymann (WORLD Policy Analysis Center), Esther Mwaura-Muiru (GROOTS Kenya), Nnenna Nwakanma (World Wide Web Foundation) and Crystal Simeoni (Femnet Secretariat) hailed from Canada to Kenya. This impressive panel of ladies was led by the new director of Equal Measures 2030, Alison Holder. The event was upbeat, and light-hearted and the vivacious emcee, Nnenna Nwakanma frequently reminded everyone of the most important part: the open bar!

Despite the snowy setbacks, which only added to the camaraderie in the room, we at J Marshall Events had a wonderful time and stand 100% behind the goals of Equal Measures 2030. We look forward to supporting the organization and working with their wonderful team again in the near future.

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University of Sunderland LogoFor the third year running J Marshall Events was thrilled to meet students from Sunderland University in the UK, who were in New York City as part of their BA (hons) Event Management course. The final year students were visiting NYC to conduct research on events held in Manhattan. They took in Broadway shows, comedy gigs and a basketball game, whilst researching advertising methods and the use of social media.

Eventful Discussion

We met at the W Hotel, Union Square and chatted about my experience in event planning and running an event production company in New York. Various topics were discussed including, what the students want to do when they graduate, how to gain more experience in events and what future employers might be looking for.

Meeting and Mentoring

It’s always great meeting young people to offer encouragement and advice and it’s especially fun interacting with, and mentoring, students from the UK. I’m already looking forward to seeing Alyssa Brown, University of Sunderland’s Senior Lecturer again next year and we’re already thinking about the 2018 study trip.

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Amazing Projects

2016 was a busy year, and the J Marshall Events team was thrilled to work on many amazing projects. We provided event planning and production services to multiple clients, including, audio visual, webcasting, banners, event staff, technicians, staging, floral and many more resources. Here's a brief rundown of events from the later months of last year.  It was an eventful 2016.

Adolescent Neuroscience Symposium

A meeting and live webcast to present the current state of science on the Adolescent Brain. Discussions included how the environment and experience sculpts the function of the brain.

Conversations with Thought Leaders

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation – discusses the rise of philanthropy and how inequality is a defining problem of our era.

5th Virtual Conference on MHM in WASH in Schools

A live webcast with speakers from around the world focusing on girls’ needs on MHM barriers. Channeling girls’ recommendations into global and national level action.

The Good Dog Foundation’s Annual Bash (at Barneys)

Georgie Girl - Instagram - "GeorgieGirl_NYC"A fundraiser held in Freds restaurant at Barneys. The Good Dog Foundation provides therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational and community facilities in New York, and at disaster sites around the country. We were also honoured to become a part of the Good Dog family in 2016 when our very own Georgie Girl became a certified Good Dog Foundation Therapy Dog!

UniChef Television Launch

TLC, Discovery Family Channel and Hilary Gumbel hosted a reception to celebrate the show UniChef, Uniting Through Food. The event included a reception, silent auction and Q&A with celebrity chefs Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia.

Legal Scholars Against BDS

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Israel at the United Nations. The high-level meeting included discussions on the issue of law, policy and legislation related to BDS.

And so, into 2017...

We're looking forward to a busy year ahead, and would like to wish all of our partners and clients a very Happy and Healthy 2017.  Cheers, from Julie-Ann and the JME team!

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#EndFGM Panel with UNSG Ban Ki-Moon

#EndFGM

#EndFGM LogoOn February 8th 2016 representatives of governments, UN agencies, and civil society gathered in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations in New York.  The occasion was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon opened the program, celebrating progress made to date on the issue, and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin went on to acknowledge the commitments of governments taking a stand to end FGM.

Thought provoking program

J Marshall Events last worked with UNFPA on the International Fistula Day launch so we were thrilled to be asked to help produce another exciting program with them.  Facing many challenges including a change of date mere days before the event and a potential change of venue, the JME team rose to the occasion and the several hundred guests were treated to a moving and thought-provoking program.

#EndFGM ECOSOCECOSOC Chamber #EndFGM

Femi Oke

We were also delighted to work once again with one of our favorite journalists and television presenters, Femi Oke, who came on board as moderator. Keeping everyone on track she facilitated a lively discussion among a panel of experts, including activists and survivors of FGM, as well as government and UNICEF representatives.

Femi Oke with #EndFGM Logo

Femi Oke

The Arts Effect

The Arts Effect

Inna Modja preforms at #EndFGM

Inna Modja

The Arts Effect

The ECOSOC Chamber erupted in applause after three adolescent actresses from the The Arts Effect All Girls Theater Company, performed the play “Uncut, Her Story” which portrayed the experiences of FGM survivors. Presented by Equality Now and written and directed by Katie Cappiello, the room shook as guests gave the performers a standing ovation.

Inna Modja

Musician and FGM survivor Inna Modja closed the program with a rousing performance which was resumed in the Delegates Dining Room where the guests relocated for a light lunch. Inna, who was on the panel, is an advocate for the elimination of FGM and an outspoken opponent of violence against women.

The full event webcast is available on the UNTV website. Show your support #EndFGM.

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