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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Stanley

She Means Business: Representation, Burnout and Self-Empowerment

The latest episode of Dare to Interrupt was recorded in front of a live audience at "She Means Business" during IMEX America in Las Vegas. Host Courtney Stanley interviews influential leaders on the most relevant topics facing women in the industry, including the importance of representation, self-empowerment, burnout and more.

Read on for information about the stars of this episode, Chandra, Cherrell and Cat!

With an extensive background in the convention center and hotel business, Chandra Allison has successfully established herself as an industry expert throughout her illustrious career. The veteran hospitality executive has nearly three decades of experience in hospitality, hotels, meetings and convention centers, and her visionary approach includes eco-friendly practices and community engagement.

As a leader passionate about meetings and travel, Chandra has devoted her time to industry advocacy and education. For over 10 years, she has held multiple Executive Committee roles with The MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Foundation including serving as chair of the Foundation in 2020.

Chandra also sat on the board of directors, executive committee and finance audit committee for the US Travel Association, and served as a board member for Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Meetings Mean Business Coalition.

Cherrell Woodley, aka “Relly Habibi,” is a valued and experienced Creative from the city of brotherly love, you all know as Philadelphia. In the world of high-quality event production, Relly service projects like runway, editorial photography, graphic and floral design, artist showcases, music festivals, galas, award ceremonies, conferences and more for clients.

In addition, she represents and works with individuals in the entertainment and creative Industries as well as women empowerment leaders and motivational speakers as a self-made public relations specialist and creative consultant.

Relly has served as a social publicist, designer or event manager for mainstream, celebrity clientele such as the Jay-Z-curated Made in America Festival, Miami Swim Week, The GRAMMY’s, Crystal Bailey Productions and more. She is passionate about fostering relationships in an effort to support the beautiful culture of the arts and entertainment industry.

For the past eight years, Cat Kevern’s presence has been synonymous with the global live events scene. Her journey leaves an impactful mark on legendary events and venues worldwide. From large-scale sporting events to vibrant live events in Costa Rica, New Zealand and even Morocco, she's embraced her nomadic spirit, leveraging her fluency in French and Spanish to travel the world.

Recently, Cat has started a new chapter of her career, focusing her attention on her business venture: Electric Cat Productions. Through this endeavor, the team offers B2B marketing strategy and specializes in planning and delivering exceptional events.

Beyond the onsite bustle, Cat passionately strives for better opportunities for women in the industry. She plays a key role as chair of NOWIE (The Network of Women in Events) putting on events, projects and programs supporting the community and wider industry.

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