A new education initiative provides work-based learning opportunities within the events industry for Washington, D.C., high school students.
EnventU was founded to help underserved teens explore career opportunities in the live events industry. The
curriculum gives students an inside look at the profession through guest speakers, hands-on event planning, vendor field trips, paid summer jobs and internship opportunities. Participants have already executed and staffed several special events, including corporate holiday parties, trade shows, professional conferences and a 3,500-attendee Christian rock concert.
“Knowing that there are adults who trust them to make important decisions helps them build confidence, encourages leadership skills and provides a motivational boost that carries over into other aspects of their academic and personal lives,” says Latoya Lewis, EnventU founder and executive director.
The organization’s inaugural board of directors includes David Adler, CEO and founder, BizBash (board chair); Philip Dufour, president and CEO, Dufour & Co.; William (Bill) Homan, principal, Design Cuisine; Eric Michael, co-founder and president, Occasions Caterers; Jenée L. Padmore, coordinator, The Mark and Brenda Moore and Family Foundation; Annie Senatore, CEO and creative director, Design Foundry; and Nancy Shaffer, founder and CEO, BRAVO! Partners.
“EnventU is one of the greatest programs to ensure a next generation that exemplifies the power of a diverse workforce in the collective event industry,” Adler says.