Sep 13, 2020
A Larger Calling: How Event Organizers can Reframe the Conversation around People, Communities and Economic Empowerment with Tamara Kennedy-Hill and Kimberly Lewis
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Thanks for joining us on Episode 13 with our guests Tamara Kennedy-Hill, Founder at Kennedy-Hill Strategies and Kimberly Lewis, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation & Development at USGBC. The Traveling Podcast is hosted by industry veterans Dan Sherman and Ryan Barth, CMP.

In this episode we'll touch on the top stories in group business travel, live events and sports (subscribe to the Market in a Minute newsletter). In addition, Tamara and Kimberly will share their thoughts on how event organizers can reframe the conversation around people, communities and economic empowerment. Why building alliances, diversifying your supply chain and seeking host destination partnerships can drive equitable access for communities of color.

Tamara Kennedy-Hill
Kennedy-Hill Strategies

Kimberly Lewis
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation & Development

Kimberly Lewis:
As Senior Vice President of Market Transformation and Development for the US Green Building Council (USGBC) with over 20 years of experience and accomplishments, Kimberly Lewis knows better than anyone that market transformation begins with people. Kimberly is a catalyst and executive leader in the global green building movement, championing the critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as the center of the sustainability and climate agenda worldwide.

Kimberly directs USGBC’s 40 US local community advancement teams along with members, volunteers and emerging professionals around the world delivering on the USGBC mission to improve the quality of life for all through more sustainable buildings, cities, and communities worldwide.

Kimberly serves as the chair of the board of directors for Groundswell, a nonprofit community solar and energy equity leader with the mission of building community power. She also serves on the board for PaceNation as the diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader.

Tamara Kennedy-Hill, Principal at Kennedy-Hill Strategies, LLC works with business and nonprofit leaders to design strategic impact solutions and mission driven results applying principles of change management, community engagement and tested equity, diversity and inclusion system change modeling.  
Kennedy-Hill brings her over twenty years of experience from Destination Management, Tourism, Global Sustainable Meeting Design, Team Building, and Nonprofit Management to work with leaders to embrace equity and build systemic change in their organizations and communities.
Kennedy-Hill currently serves on the boards of Black United Fund of Oregon, Greater Portland Economic Development District and Transition Projects.  She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland and a bachelor’s degree in Communications, with emphasis in adult learning theory and conflict resolution, from Marylhurst University.  

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