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May 11th Virtual Meeting: Handshakes to Hugs with Erin K. Dennis, CPCE


May 11, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Join us for our Monthly Educational Meeting!

Tuesday, May 11th at 4pm!

The event will be HELD virtualLY via Zoom

Tickets are free for NACE Austin Members and $10 for non-members

So many of us hear about seminars and podcasts teaching us “How to Network” but in today’s networking world, it’s no longer about meeting as many people as possible and connecting with the most people on LinkedIn. It is about building relationships and making sincere connections so we can do business with or get referrals from people we know and trust.

Join Erin K. Dennis, CPCE, while she shares how to build relationships with people while attending networking events and beyond. During this session you will learn about how you can open yourself up to deeper conversations, identify your “5 in-your-pocket questions,” and how to use social media research to gather useful information to use as conversation starters and to create deeper relationships.

Erin Dennis has wide-ranging experience spanning over 30 years working for hotels, catering companies and event professionals. She has worked for hotels such as Hilton, Radisson and Omni and currently is the Director of Group Sales for the Hyatt Centric SouthPark in Charlotte, NC which will be opening in
Summer of 2021.

For 18 years she was an adjunct instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte for the Hotel & Restaurant Management School. Teaching classes such as Hospitality Marketing and Meetings & Event Planning.

Erin has taken her teachings “on the road” and has conducted presentations for local and national associations and student organizations. Her presentation topics include Marketing your Small Business, Education and Careers in the Hospitality Industry, Building Relationships, not Networking, Changing Lives
and Businesses through Mentorships.

As a charter member of the 25-year-old Charlotte Chapter of NACE (National Association for Catering & Events) she has held various committee and executive board positions including President. In 2020 Erin earned her CPCE (Certified Professional in Catering and Events) designation which identifies her as a true
professional in her field.

Erin is also a member of Visit Charlotte Partners in Tourism, The North Carolina Business Travelers Association, ILEA (International Live Events Association) and the Charlotte Area Chamber of Commerce. Erin has been the recipient of multiple hospitality industry awards that recognize her dedication and
passion to the hospitality industry. The two she is most proud of are the 2009 Spirit of NACE Mary Margaret Traxler Award and the 2018 CRVA Partners in Tourism Hospitality Professional of the Year Award.

Erin’s passion is mentoring. She is happiest when she is sharing her knowledge of the hospitality and events industry with both young people starting out in the industry or seasoned professionals. “I feel that it is my responsibility to teach and guide people who are interested in growing in our industry. They
are the industry’s future and I want to provide them with the skills, support and knowledge they will need to be properly prepared to offer exceptional service to the guest and be well respected leaders of our industry.”


$0.00 NACE Austin Members: Free Virtual Meeting Ticket

$10.00 Non-Member Virtual Meeting Ticket