Mena Wright is an award winning event producer, entrepreneur and CEO of Wright Productions, a high-end event production and brand management firm based in Los Angeles, CA. She is relentless in her pursuit to execute in excellence. She has been instrumental at securing and working with high-end clientele from athletes, entertainers to small and mid-size businesses. Her clients include Floyd Mayweather, the Serena and Venus Williams Fund, Kelly Rowland, BMW, LAX, AT&T, American Airlines. Her work has been featured on WE! TV, BET and E! as well as in FORBES. Before co-founding Wright Productions with her partners, Mena worked as a licensed commercial real estate agent as well as a branding and public relations professional for an international engineering firm. Her expertise is in strategic planning, operational procedures and creative strategic partnerships and activations.
VICE PRESIDENT OF PARTNERSHIPS
Damon Haley is a seasoned Strategic and Creative Thought Partner with more than 25 years experience in the sports, entertainment and consumer products sectors. Damon has mastered the art of designing, developing and implementing campaigns that appeal to consumers, sponsors, clients, partners and investors, all the while attracting targeted audiences and promoting the brand as well as delivering millions in impressions and revenues. Currently, Damon is Managing Partner of Exhilarate Experiential, Haley Beauty Holdings, Diann Valentine Living Well and provides consulting services to numerous sports businesses. Damon earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Read More
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP
Lauren Montgomery is the Owner and Creative Director of Collective Rentals Design House, The Collective Production Studio and The Collective Space. A serial entrepreneur with a BFA in Architecture and Interior Design, Lauren has almost a decade of experience building businesses and designing everything from apparel to 5-star hotels. Her work has been published in over a dozen major publications and is featured at Coachella, The InterContinental San Diego Waterfront as well as luxury events and hotels across the United States. Lauren is currently serving as the Vice President of Wedding International Professionals Association and is a founding member and Director of Membership for The Black Table. Outside of running her businesses, Laurenis active in public speaking, an advocate for mental wellness and has traveled to over 25 countries across 5 continents. Lauren’s strengths include creative strategizing, branding and bringing a positive spiritual energy to the world of entrepreneurship.
WILLIAM P. MILLER
VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING, EDUCATION AND EVENTS
Through the power of creating excellent guest experiences, William P. Miller’s sense of style, knowledge of design, and "insider" entertainment contacts have all placed him in the upper echelon of the special events industry. Known for his creative vision, versatility and ability to execute, W.P. has traveled the world, producing breath-taking events: from intimate receptions to spectacular galas and lavish weddings. His trend-setting event designs and spectacular events have appeared in such national publications as Brides Magazine, People, Life & Style, Ebony, Jet, In Style Magazine and many others. He has also appeared on network television shows including OWN’s Raising Whitley, Whose Wedding is it Anyway?, and Married Away. A native of Chicago, W.P. is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Marketing and International Business.
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Tammy Dickerson, CMP is the Founder and Lead Planner of tbg Events ( formerly The Baker Group). Celebrated as a tenacious powerhouse, Tammy oversees illustrious affairs from installations and social galas to fundraisers and corporate conferences. For over twenty-seven years, she has partnered with politicians, global organizations, celebrities and business tycoons on the curation and production of their events. An extensive background in business marketing and sales made Tammy the savvy and meticulous event curator she is today. Tammy has worked with countless Fortune 100 Companies, including Coca-Cola, American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Disney, The LA Sparks and The Milken Institute. Tammy is a proud member of Meeting Planners International Southern California Chapter (MPISCC) , National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Black Meeting Planners International and Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC).
VICE PRESIDENT OF BRANDING
Shantee Wright the Chief Creative Officer at Wright Productions, a high-end event production, event design, and brand management firm headquartered in Los Angeles. As CCO Shantee cultivates strategic partnerships, conceptualizes and creates narratives for campaigns, develops creative strategies and curates event design and creative ideations for clients such as Floyd Mayweather, the Serena and Venus Williams Fund, Kelly Rowland, BMW, LAX, AT&T, American Airlines and many more. In addition to producing large-scale events such as experiential activations, conferences, weddings, and social events her work has been featured on FORBES, WETV, BET, and E!. Shantee is an entrepreneur and creative at heart, her passion for creating, designing, producing and her ability to forecast future trends has led her to be apart of various platforms where she shares her concepts, execution skills and keen eye for design.
VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING, EDUCATION AND EVENTS
Leslie Jones knew at a young age, she loved planning and bringing people together. While attending Arizona State, her passion and love for events made her the go-to-girl for planning sorority fundraisers, community and social events. In 2014, Leslie started her own event planning and design company, Leslie Marie Events. She has now planned over 200 weddings and special events. Leslie’s work has been featured in dozens of publications such as Essence and The Knot and named one of the most influential event professionals by BizBash in 2020. She has been invited to speak to wedding professionals across the country. Leslie has also been a guest on several podcasts to discuss her entrepreneurship journey and how to successfully work with family in business as she owns two other companies with her sisters.
VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVOCACY
Todd Hawkins, is a multifaceted businessman, successful consultant & event producer. Todd has produced & consulted on numerous events, campaigns & special projects for corporate, entertainment, non-profit & political organizations. In 2007, Todd opened The Todd Group, which has become one of the leading event management & consulting firms in Los Angeles. The Todd Group has produced several successful events for high profile and celebrity clients, major non-profits and elected officials. Todd has fast become a key leader in the event industry & was recognized by BizBash Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Innovative Event Professionals” in the event industry. Today, The Todd Group is leading the charge on consulting organizations and entities on how to effectively produce events with meaningful impact and results according to the current climate and landscape. Read More
VICE PRESIDENT OF OUTREACH
Creator, Innovator, Game Changer, Pioneer and Wow Factor describes Diann Valentine. Most known for her jaw dropping celebrity and television weddings, this industry veteran has expanded her array of clientele across four continents through servicing corporate clients and high net worth individuals. In the event design world, Diann has brought genius to ignite consumer experiences with Nike, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Family of Brands, NBA All Star Weekend, HBO and the Los Angeles Lakers among others. As a creator, she developed the Valentine Cuff and revolutionized the traditional bridal bouquet. As an entrepreneur, she is relentless in her pursuit of business ownership and financial freedom. As a designer, she is the Creative Director of Exhilarate Experiential. Diann is a speaker, author and owner of Glow + Flow Beauty Experience and Glow + Flow Beauty Supply. Read More