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    LGBTQ+ DIVERSE AUDIENCE TRAINING

    March 30 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    How can we collectively and individually make LGBTQ+ guests and customers feel more welcomed? What are best practices for marketing to and engaging with diverse consumers and communities? Seats are still available for this free 90-minute training session. Sign up your team today.


    EVERYONE WELCOME
    LGBTQ+ Diverse Audience Training

    Wednesday, March 30 | 3:30–5 p.m.
    Wortham Center for the Performing Arts| Downtown Asheville
    Doors open 3 p.m. | Networking Reception follows until 6 p.m.

    REGISTER NOW! Ensure seats for you & your team at this free event.


    More About this Free Training Event

    Explore Asheville has engaged with HospitableMe, a global leader in inclusive hospitality, to deliver their signature LGBTQ+ diverse audience training program for our internal team and tourism partners to accelerate our community’s efforts to extend a genuine invitation to diverse audiences.

    HospitableMe provides inclusive hospitality strategy and training for tourism, retail and healthcare organizations, helping them provide a more respectful and inclusive welcome to historically excluded customers and guests.


    What to Expect at ‘Everyone Welcome’

    HospitableMe co-founders Billy Kolber and Kenny Porpora (see more below) will discuss evolving language, the growing market, unconscious bias, and the challenges LGBTQ+ people face when traveling. They’ll also address how we can collectively and individually make LGBTQ+ guests and customers feel more welcomed and share best practices for marketing to and engaging with diverse consumers and communities.


    Meet the Presenters from HospitableMe

    Billy Kolber
    Billy Kolber, Co-Founder & CEO. Billy has a degree in Biology, but has spent his entire career in travel, running an American Express travel agency before launching OUT&ABOUT, the first gay and lesbian travel magazine in the USA. At HospitableMe, Billy has advised some of the world’s more storied brands, including Booking.com, NYC & Company, The Kering Group, Discover Puerto Rico, The Travel Corporation, Bottega Veneta, AIG Travel, and Costa Navarino. He traveled and sang around the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs and is a two-time annual Pie Contest champion in Water Island. A 3rd generation native New Yorker, Billy has visited 76 countries, and currently lives with his husband in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Billy Kolber, Co-Founder & CEO of HospitableMe   Billy Kolber has a degree in Biology, but has spent his entire career in travel, running an American Express travel agency before launching OUT&ABOUT, the first gay and lesbian travel magazine in the USA. At HospitableMe, Billy has advised some of the world’s more storied brands, including Booking.com, NYC & Company, The Kering Group, Discover Puerto Rico, The Travel Corporation, Bottega Veneta, AIG Travel, and Costa Navarino.  Billy traveled and sang around the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs and is a two-time annual Pie Contest champion in Water Island. A 3rd generation native New Yorker, Billy has visited 76 countries, and currently lives with his husband in Frankfurt, Germany.
    Kenny Porpora, Co-Founder & Vice President. Trained as a journalist at Columbia, Kenny has created and curated content for some of the most prominent destination marketing organizations in the world. He is the New York Times best-selling author of The Autumn Balloon and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Buzzfeed, Salon and others. He has traveled to more than 25 countries and is a self-proclaimed puppy dog enthusiast.


    Safety Information

    Wortham Center for the Performing Arts is being proactive in keeping its patrons, staff, and renters safe from COVID-19 and is continuing to require everyone who enters the building to wear masks. Masks may be taken off when eating or drinking. Vaccinations are encouraged and preferred but not required.

    Details

    Date:
    March 30
    Time:
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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    Organizer

    Explore Asheville
    Phone:
    828-258-6129
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    Equity & Justice

    Venue

    Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
    18 Biltmore Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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    Phone:
    (828) 257-4530
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    Mental Health Providers

    Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

    Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

    Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

    Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

    James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

    12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

    Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

    Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

    Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

    166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

    Siljoy Maurer

    Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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