Friday, October 31, 2014

WISE Cleveland Happy Hour

Happy Friday, folks. Is everyone in a funk from last night's Cavs game and the hoopla in Downtown? I'm ready for the weekend, and for some Browns' fun with my brother and his girlfriend. Build-your-own fajitas are on the menu, and let's hope for a win.

Speaking of sports, I am a member of the local chapter for Women in Sports and Events (WISE). WISE Cleveland strives for empowerment and career advancement through socialization, education, networking and mentoring programs and events. I've been a member since I moved to Cleveland almost seven years ago, and I am currently serving in my third term on the Board of Directors.

It's an organization that has provided me with genuine personal and professional relationships, business opportunities, and a wealth of education through our monthly programming. I also benefited from the WISE Within one-on-one mentoring program when I was first starting out in Cleveland, and I served as a Mentor for the first time year. I believe strongly in the organization.

The membership is greater than the name implies. We have approximately 150 members from career areas like special events, sports management, non-profit administration, marketing/communications, sales, media and more. The access that members have to networking and educational opportunities, both locally and WISE nationally, is invaluable. I'm at my current job because of WISE! If your current job or interest in a particular field even remotely touches on one of these areas, then I highly suggest checking out WISE at

I have an in-person opportunity for you to do that, while checking out a new restaurant. Driftwood Catering (the guys behind Hodge's, Washington Place Bistro, Cibreo, etc.) have opened Sanctuary in the Hilton by Doubletree in Beachwood. WISE Cleveland is heading there next week for cocktails, appetizers, and a private tour of the venue and lounge. All attendees will be entered to win an overnight stay at the hotel. It is from 6-8PM. The event is free for WISE members, and just $15 for non-members.
WISE Cleveland is generously giving away two tickets to this event to a Bite Buff reader. Come check out the new restaurant, meet some incredible women, network, and enter the raffle for an overnight stay at the hotel. I'll be there!

Just leave me a comment on this post for entry. I'll use on Tuesday at 3:00pm to select a winner.

If you are unable to attend the Happy Hour event next Thursday, but you're interested in learning more about the organization and our membership, please visit or contact me by email.

Disclosure: I am a paid member and active Board member for WISE Cleveland. I was asked to post about our upcoming event, and was provided with two tickets to give away. All opinions stated are 100% my own.