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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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Jason Robinson with the Adolescent Kit

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.

Human Centered

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 Adolescent Kit

The Complete Kit

Development

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 JAM

The UNICEF team and Julie-Ann Marshall

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Constance Milstein and Michelle JavianHiroo Takayama and Craig R SmithDr Oz at Harboring Hearts Benefit

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).

Nikki James at Harboring Hearts BenefitMusic 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
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