On 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.
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.
The Arts Effect
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.
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.
Jason Robinson demonstrates The Adolescent Kit
The Adolescent Kit
J Marshall Events was pleased to work with the Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) section at UNICEF to launch the Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation. The kit is a package of guidance tools and supplies for young people aged between 10 and 18 years to help them overcome conflicts and emergencies.
The Adolescent Kit is UNICEF’s first “human centered” design, with UNICEF working closely with partners to discover and understand the needs, desires and behaviors of adolescents and facilitators with limited resources.
The Complete Kit
The kit was developed as a resource that can be used in peacebuilding initiatives, and the guidance is aligned to the Peacebuilding Competency Framework that ADAP developed and disseminated in 2014. ADAP produced 75 prototypes in 2015 and will provide funding for 1000 kits to be made available globally in 2016.
Watch the video to see how the Kit works and meet its designer Jason Robinson.
The UNICEF Team
Julie-Ann of J Marshall Events and Pierette James, Jason Robinson and Nicole Ricasata from UNICEF, take a few moments during the Adolescent Kit reception to smile for the camera after a successful event,
The UNICEF team and Julie-Ann Marshall
Annual Fall Benefit
J Marshall Events was honored to team up with Harboring Hearts to assist with their Annual Fall Benefit. A non-profit organization Co-Founded by Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani, Harboring Hearts provides financial and moral support to families of those receiving cardiac treatments.
JME worked closely with Michelle, Katherine Ronberg and the Harboring Hearts team for almost 7 months which culminated in an exciting event at the fabulous Core Club in Manhattan. The program included live music, honoree awards, a silent auction, speeches and a specially produced video.
Guests, Sponsors and Honorees
The almost 200 guests included families who have received Harboring Heart’s support, sponsors of the Foundation and Honorees, Constance Milstein and Dr. Hiroo Takayama. The show was hosted by the charming Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing, While we’re Young) and an effervescent Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show) stepped in to emcee the electronic fundraising component powered by Givergy (formerly Daana).
Music and Desserts
The evening wound down with a couple of songs from Tony Award Winning performer, Nikki James. However, the guests were having so much fun enjoying the performance along with the amazing dessert donations that the doors remained open for quite a while longer.
Compassion and Resilience
It was a long production day but a very moving experience to be surrounded by people with such compassion and resilience. Harboring Hearts has helped many families of all ages and through support and donations will continue to do so for many years.
Photos © Andrew Werner
I was thrilled to be asked to join the Industry Panel for City Internships a couple of weeks ago, along with fellow panelists Jacquelyn White and Ian McAfee! As a member of the panel, I was asked to discuss what it’s like owning my own business, how I got started in the events world, and all of the different paths that lead me to where I am today. In a Q&A session with students from around the world, I was able to share my own thoughts and experiences in the business world, as well as answer the many questions they had for me.
City Internships is a brilliant program that allows international students to work at internships in London, New York, and Los Angeles. After the Q&A there was an informal reception and I was able to meet many students from the UK who are studying in New York. I was able to talk with them and hear all about their own experiences and share my own on a more personal level. A big thanks to City Internships (check out their blog to learn more!) for the wonderful opportunity to share more about J Marshall Events and chat with so many amazing individuals.
The Global Innovation Team
“Transforming ideas into impact” - Global Innovation Fund
The Global Innovation Fund provides resources and funds investments in social innovations to help improve the lives of people around the world. The founding members of the Innovation Fund include the Walt Disney Company and the Government of Denmark.
The summer began over here at J Marshall Events with a 3-day project for UNICEF celebrating innovation! We were thrilled to help launch UNICEF’s new Global Innovation Fund, which focuses on the future of technology and how it can be used to improve the lives of children around the world. The Global Innovation Centre event involved us building temporary walls for the exhibition and managing multiple events including a press and media launch, reception, meetings and workshops. We also had several re-sets, which took place late evening so a big thank you goes out to my whole team.
The Global Innovations Display Wall
Oculus Virtual Reality
I was fortunate enough to try the new virtual reality oculus gear – and it was amazing!. Viewers like myself experienced the bittersweet video, “Clouds over Sidra”, a glimpse into the everyday experience of a young girl living in the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp. The experience was haunting and I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at the end.
Oculus Virtual Reality
Global Innovation Centre
The virtual reality experience was only one example of the wonderful and innovative technological advances showcased at UNICEF’s exhibition. With partners ranging from the private sector to academia, UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre shows the promise of helping children through technological advances and innovation.