Jennifer Lisette Lucio
305 Communications and Events
President, CEO, and Founder
A minority public relations and events management executive for more than 10 years, Jennifer established 305 Communications and Events in January of 2006. Jennifer has assisted clients on all aspects of their event including budgeting, vendor and site selection, logistical matters, marketing materials, government advance and security, protocol, production and audio visual, script and speech writing, speaker invitations, and onsite management. Events include dozens of multi-day conventions with thousands of attendees, galas, receptions, workshops and briefings in cities all over the world, with VIP guests including President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, and Foreign Heads of State. She is an active member of several trade organizations including, Meeting Planners International (MPI), the International Special Events Society (ISES), Young Hospitality Industry Professionals (YHIP), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Capital Communicators Group (CCG), and the Hispanic Public Relations Association.
VISIT Baltimore, www.baltimore.org
Director of Diversity and National Sales
Washington, DC Office
Laurie joined Visit Baltimore in May 2010 as Director of Diversity and National Sales. She will focus on the multicultural market nationwide, as well as select association accounts in the Washington, DC area. Prior to Visit Baltimore, Laurie worked with VISIT Milwaukee for over 10 years as Director of Eastern Regional Sales and 6 years with the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau as Director of Eastern Regional Sales, both positions in Washington, DC. Laurie has a BS in Communications from Ohio University. She is a founding member of two industry organizations: Just Because – a networking group for meeting planners of color in the Washington, DC hospitality industry and the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals, a not for-profit organization for Hispanic meeting planners. Laurie is a member of several other industry associations, including the American Society for Association Executives, Association of Meeting Professionals, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, Meeting Professionals International, National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners and Professional Convention Management Association.
Immediate Past Chairman
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, http://www.alpfa.org
VP of Corporate Development
Anita Nuñez started her career in the hospitality industry at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau as Regional Sales Manager spearheading strategic sales initiatives towards the growing US Hispanic Market working with such organizations as the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NALEO & ALPFA. After 5 years at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Anita’s career led her to work under the guidance of one of the most influential Hispanics in Washington DC’s hotel community, Hector Torres. Anita became part of Torres’ sales force as the Associate Director of Sales at the Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters in Washington DC. Her zest for the hospitality industry and the US Hispanic Market caught the attention of Hilton Hotels Corporation which appointed her the National Director of Multicultural Sales as part of Hilton’s outreach to minority-owned businesses and organizations. After years of handling the Hispanic market, Anita made the move to join one of her top clients, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting), the largest professional Hispanic organization in the US, as the VP of Corporate Development. Anita’s passion for the Hispanic community has come full circle as she focuses on relationships with corporate partners, aids ALPFA chapters in sponsorship outreach and works closely with the ALPFA CEO, Manny Espinoza, on developing fundraising strategies. Anita is active in DC’s hospitality community and dedicates much of her time to and is a proud member of Meeting Professionals International’s Potomac Chapter (www.pmpi.org) as a former Board Member.
Trudy Singh, CMP
NYC & Company, www.nycgo.com
Regional Director of Sales
Trudy Singh, CMP is Regional Director of Sales for NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism marketing organization. A transplanted New Yorker and graduate of Drexel University, Trudy is a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry. She has held several positions in the industry ranging from Banquet Manager to Regional Sales Manager before joining the Washington, DC office of NYC & Company. This background makes her particularly effective in offering solutions to the meeting and convention planner. In her current position with NYC & Company, Trudy manages the satellite office operations in addition to soliciting key Mid Atlantic accounts to bring their meetings to New York City. She serves as a primary resource for meeting planners, tour operators, travel agents, and individual visitors interested in New York City. She also acts as a liaison for the convention industry customers to member hotels, restaurants, attractions, venues, and service providers-offering such services as familiarization tours, site inspections, promotional materials, and housing services. Trudy serves on the Board of Directors for the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals () and as an advisor for the Northern Virginia Community College Travel and Tourism Program. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program for the Capital Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She is a former Board Member and active participant in the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). Trudy is also a member of several other industry associations, including Meeting Planners International (MPI), the Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP).
Maria Fischer Millet
National Council of La Raza, www.nclr.org
Senior Event and Meeting Planner
Maria Fischer Millet is a Senior Event and Meeting Planner with the Strategic Communications Group (SCG) at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Maria has been with NCLR since spring of 2003, when she worked in NCLR’s Education department as the Marketing and Meeting Planner for all of education program trainings and institutes. In 2005, Maria joined SCG’s Events and Meeting team, which is responsible for the development, management, production, and execution of the NCLR Capital Awards and NCLR Annual Conference, and for the management of event logistics for the NCLR ALMA Awards®. In addition to her responsibilities as the workshop, housing, and catering coordinator for the NCLR Annual Conference-attended each year by more than 25,000 people-Maria also helps organize all local, regional, and national NCLR meetings and events throughout the year.
Maria started her career as a Public Relations Junior Account Executive, managing the President and CEO’s calendar of events for Crawford Public Relations in Washington, DC. Through research she conducted on the venues and events that would facilitate proper attendance and visibility for Crawford’s clients, Maria nurtured her appreciation for the event and meeting planning industry. Washington, DC is where she pursued her event and meeting planning career, transitioning to a position as a project manager at a political communications firm, MSHC Partners, before joining NCLR.
Maria earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Communication and Marketing from the University of Mobile in Alabama. Her descent is Nicaraguan American, and she is a proud wife and the mother of Valentina Marie! Maria is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has been an active member of the since it was founded back in 2005, and she is proud to be a member of their team!
Washington DC Hispanic Employee Network
Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), www.tlpa.org
Manager of Meetings
Jenny Abreu is a Manager of Meetings at the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA). Ms. Abreu has been with the TLPA since April 2010. Previous to joining the TLPA, Ms. Abreu was a Senior Meeting Planner with the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. Ms. Abreu started with the ABA in the Fall of 2006 where she participated as an Intern in the Meetings and Programs internship with the Section of International Law and was promoted to a Programs and Services Coordinator position then Senior Meeting Planner while pursuing a graduate degree in Event and Meeting Management at The George Washington University School of Business. Ms. Abreu relocated from Boston, Massachusetts to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 2006 to pursue her graduate studies. She holds an undergraduate degree from Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management. Ms. Abreu gained her event, meeting planning and program management and marketing communication professional experiences as an independent consultant for Weddings and Special Events in Boston, as well as from The World Trade Center in Boston, Inverness Medical, The Spanish Church of God, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and The American Bar Association’s International Law and Administrative Law Sections. Ms. Abreu was a student member at International Special Events Society and Meeting Professionals International where she was able to gain valuable insights and learn from seasoned professionals in the meetings industry. In addition to her professional experiences, Ms. Abreu has volunteered a significant amount of her time to events such as the monumental 2009 Presidential Inauguration where she served as an Inaugural Parade Volunteer with the Presidential Inauguration Committee, participated as a panelist in the Careers in Tourism, Hospitality and Sports program, Tourism for Tomorrow 2009 Fall Colloquium as well as guest speaker at the New Student Welcome Day for The George Washington University School of Business, Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management, has served as a volunteer for The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Sneaker Ball at the National Building Museum, The National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area Casino Night at the La Maison Françoise, Embassy of France, The BizBash Event Style Expo NY and Education Conference in New York, NY, The President’s Quality Awards, Office of Executive and Management Development at the Corcoran Art Gallery, and the Annual Children’s Charities Foundation Basketball Gala, Hilton Washington & Towers. As a result of her exposure to the meeting and events industry, Ms. Abreu will be applying and preparing for the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) exam given in July of 2010- Wish her luck! On a lighter note, Ms. Abreu is the eldest of 4 (2 brothers and a sister) is Afro-Latina of Dominican descent and speaks and writes the Spanish language fluently. She’s a “foodie” and loves to explore and experience the culinary, music/entertainment, event, and arts scene of Washington, D.C. and Maryland. That’s not all! Ms. Abreu enjoys traveling, shopping, watching sports – especially FOOTBALL!, exploring new places, taking day trips, and most importantly loves entertaining and spending time with friends and family.