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NACE Board Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity Within NACE

Dear NACE Members,

Last week, we all watched in horror and read about the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. It was a moment of brutality and injustice that followed the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others. As we watched and reflected on this terrible act, we’ve been filled with a range of emotions that are difficult to resolve: anger, despair, depression, feeling lost, and desperate for answers. It has cut through the other preoccupations around us in life and in business. It has brought back into focus — above the pandemic, or politics, or the economy — the centuries of brutality, systemic racism, and inequality that are behind this national tragedy.

Earlier this week, the National Board made a simple statement of where the organization stands on this that we would like to share again:

“NACE stands with our black members, black catering and event professionals, and all black people. A vibrant community means a diverse community. NACE is here to listen, to embrace, to elevate, and to love our black community. NACE’s values are clear. NACE condemns police brutality against minorities. NACE condemns systemic oppression. NACE condemns racism. What we value and promote are love, unity, and peaceful change. We must work together to challenge injustice and structural inequity.”

These tragic events, and the inspiring, peaceful protests that have followed, remind many Americans that we have work to do as a nation, as communities and as human beings. We also have work to do as NACE to build a more diverse and inclusive association.

The National Board knows that it can do better on this issue, and that starts by apologizing for not acting faster. In full transparency, the National Board began discussing diversity and inclusion in 2018, and last year we allocated funding for 2020 to bring in an expert to advise and guide us. We should have acted sooner and with more urgency. We’re truly sorry for this and we will do better.

Starting now, the National Board will push a diversity and inclusion initiative forward as an immediate priority. We will do this with full transparency and will be sharing our plan with actionable steps and desired measurable results as soon as possible. We ask for your help, your guidance, your passion, and your voice of support.

We want to assure you that NACE’s values and ethics will always place us on the side of progress, of change, and of working for a better, unbiased, and more equitable society.


Doug Quattrini, CPCE, National President
Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP, President-Elect
James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, Vice President
Amber Allen, CPCE, Treasurer
Lisa Carruth, CPCE, Secretary
Karen Tucker, CPCE, CLC Chair
Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP, Past President

3 Replies to “NACE Board Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity Within NACE”

  1. Joe Mahoney, CPCE says:

    Awesome. Thank you.

  2. Rod Westmaas says:

    Thank you for this ‘Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity within NACE.
    I am sure it is much appreciated within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community (referred to here in the UK as BAME).
    Residing in Southern California in the early eighties, I was extremely fortunate to have been introduced to NACE. From my first meeting at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City I knew I had chosen the right career. Members saw me for what I was, not as a person of colour but a person with drive and ambition that had a young family and wanted to excel in the catering industry. My hospitality career became what it was because of NACE.
    I had participated in NACE on both a local and national level for many years, seeing the association evolve to the powerhouse it is today. (I was one of the first recipients of the CPCE)
    Moving to the UK in 2007 my involvement with NACE ceased, yet my countless friends remained.
    Reflecting upon my NACE years brings more smiles than frowns. Certainly there were instances where mistakes were made but rarely were we ever accused of racism or any deed that could be construed as such.

    I am of mixed race, originally from the South American country of Guyana. Becoming a US citizen in 1990 was one of my proudest moments. Of late the pride I had of being part of this wonderful country has been tarnished.
    Your statement summarises the tremendous work yet to done with regard racism.
    Here in London we witnessed one of the largest protests in support of Black Lives Matter and the many issues stemming from systemic racism. I am hopeful that this message has been heard throughout the globe.
    Equality and fairness is all that is being asked. This is a perfect opportunity to show through concrete and concise plans what NACE can do.
    Please feel free to contact me if you would like clarification (or expansion) on anything I have mentioned or any assistance if developing the aforementioned future steps.

  3. Lisa Shaw says:

    Thank you! I am new to NACE. I am an African American business owner, there are issues in our industry that needs to be address for sure. I would love to be apart of the conversations if possable to help give insight on how we can move forward together.

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