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Welcome

to Heels & Handshakes

Shannen Stewart loved her Nashville community of Event Industry professionals, and wanted to ensure that the multitude of women that made up the majority of the workforce would all have positive and collaborative interactions to enrich their lives both professionally and personally. So she grabbed a few of her fellow female Industry peeps and spread the word that they all would have a special place to network, share and exchange ideas with other women business owners, and let loose from the stressful events they were doing for everyone else.

Why Only Women?

Educational studies have shown that females learn more by working cooperatively, and we believe that we succeed the same way. Having us come together allows us to be US - no cutthroat competition in our group. We aren't saying that there aren't amazingly successful and competitive women in the event industry; we just don't operate that way. After all, behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back. And we also GIVE BACK. To truly be a successful community, we believe we should share our talents with those who need it most. So we seek out non-profits that serve the women in our community to ensure that ALL of us are healthy, happy, supported, and are given the opportunity to be safe and empowered as well.

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What We Stand For In Our Heels

What started out with a few dozen women has exploded to over 3,000 female members in the middle Tennessee community, and the collaborative spirit has grown with it! Having trouble accommodating a private dinner for 40 next month? Put it out there, and these ladies will jump in to provide suggestions and availability to help fulfill that reservation! Looking for a specific color linen or backdrop for a themed event? Just ask, and this group will share their ideas on the best vendor to meet your needs. With members at event planning companies, venues, hotels, florists, caterers, decor, A/V, makeup, hair, bridal services, etc., our membership is eager to assist each other and lift each other up for success! And no - you do NOT have to wear heels to our events, although barefoot is not allowed in any of the venues!

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"To know that I have a group of ladies that I can depend on to be a resource, sounding board, think tank, partner, mentor and overall landing place in what could be a crazy cutthroat world, is such a comfort! When my company was acquired and my team was unexpectedly let go, the gals were there for job leads, references, ideas and their encouragement and support kept me going when things got tough. Without them, I wouldn't have found my current job. I can't say enough great things about Heels and Handshakes!"

Natalie Vincent
Sales Manager
Wildhorse Saloon

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2016-05-03T18:05:39-05:00

Natalie Vincent
Sales Manager
Wildhorse Saloon

"To know that I have a group of ladies that I can depend on to be a resource, sounding board, think tank, partner, mentor and overall landing place in what could be a crazy cutthroat world, is such a comfort! When my company was acquired and my team was unexpectedly let go, the gals were there for job leads, references, ideas and their encouragement and support kept me going when things got tough. Without them, I wouldn't have found my current job. I can't say enough great things about Heels and Handshakes!"
"Heels & Handshakes is the first place I go with event needs, questions, or referrals. It truly is amazing to see the power of a vetted network at work at this caliber. Last month, I posted a job listing for my company on H&H. I received 42 applications and all candidates had great experience. We have now hired three people from the H&H community. This is the only group I will go to for my hospitality and event industry hiring needs."

Channing Moreland, Founder of Evamore

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2020-04-08T02:03:19-05:00

Channing Moreland, Founder of Evamore

"Heels & Handshakes is the first place I go with event needs, questions, or referrals. It truly is amazing to see the power of a vetted network at work at this caliber. Last month, I posted a job listing for my company on H&H. I received 42 applications and all candidates had great experience. We have now hired three people from the H&H community. This is the only group I will go to for my hospitality and event industry hiring needs."
"Heels and Handshakes has been an amazing resource for me. I am part of the first phase of ladies and have always been a proud member. Last year after going through some soul searching and changes, I decided to let my next step come to me. It sure did with a posting from an old client who was looking for a Business Development person to be the first employee at their startup. I messaged her directly and I was hired at EVAmore. I can not express my gratitude to this group of amazing ladies who are always there for each other and lift each other up to their next phase in life."

-Debbie Garcia

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2020-04-08T02:10:01-05:00

-Debbie Garcia

"Heels and Handshakes has been an amazing resource for me. I am part of the first phase of ladies and have always been a proud member. Last year after going through some soul searching and changes, I decided to let my next step come to me. It sure did with a posting from an old client who was looking for a Business Development person to be the first employee at their startup. I messaged her directly and I was hired at EVAmore. I can not express my gratitude to this group of amazing ladies who are always there for each other and lift each other up to their next phase in life."
"As an events professional of close to 20 years, I want to network with those quality people that are going to stick around to grow beside and with me. This extra step really qualifies those wanting to genuinely grow their HH relationships as a professional in the events industry. Thank you Shannen Stewart for taking it to the next level. This move separates the pros from those that are dabbling in it".

-Linda Pilkinton
Event Manager

Belle Meade Plantation

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2020-04-08T02:10:49-05:00

-Linda Pilkinton
Event Manager

Belle Meade Plantation

"As an events professional of close to 20 years, I want to network with those quality people that are going to stick around to grow beside and with me. This extra step really qualifies those wanting to genuinely grow their HH relationships as a professional in the events industry. Thank you Shannen Stewart for taking it to the next level. This move separates the pros from those that are dabbling in it".

- Mallory Liebman

CEO

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2020-04-24T19:34:54-05:00

- Mallory Liebman

CEO

 "Shannen’s group Heels and Handshakes has allowed me to network with other hard working professionals in the event & hospitality industry. Through the community Shannen has started with Heels and Handshakes I have had the opportunity to add a few work related opportunities to my resume. Shannen is a strong leader for our group with a heart of gold. I would recommend Shannen to be a part of any project you can collaborate with her on! "
 "This group is such an amazing resource for the event industry!  All of the women are so supportive of one another. If you have a question whether it be job related or "where should I go to get a manicure", this group is where I turn to.   

To say the Heels and Handshakes has helped to advance my career would be an understatement. I have booked several groups just from replying to the Facebook inquiries that are posted.  I know that if I have a need for something these women will know where to find it!  We are so lucky to have such a great group of women to network with! "

 

 

 

Susan Zoesch

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2016-05-03T18:24:44-05:00

Susan Zoesch

 "This group is such an amazing resource for the event industry!  All of the women are so supportive of one another. If you have a question whether it be job related or "where should I go to get a manicure", this group is where I turn to.    To say the Heels and Handshakes has helped to advance my career would be an understatement. I have booked several groups just from replying to the Facebook inquiries that are posted.  I know that if I have a need for something these women will know where to find it!  We are so lucky to have such a great group of women to network with! "      
 “Heels & Handshakes has been such a huge support and blessing to my business. My branding agency, Copperheart Creative, was able to land two of our largest clients from the Heels & Handshakes group. We were recommended by five completely different women in the group on a post searching for a branding professional. I immediately got the job without having to do any “selling” because the women in the group spoke so highly of the quality and customer service we provide in the comments!!


It’s a beautiful to see the women in our city building community and supporting each other in the Heels & Handshakes group!”

Amber Zaricor
Owner + Creative Director at Copperheart Creative

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2020-04-08T02:11:52-05:00

Amber Zaricor
Owner + Creative Director at Copperheart Creative

 “Heels & Handshakes has been such a huge support and blessing to my business. My branding agency, Copperheart Creative, was able to land two of our largest clients from the Heels & Handshakes group. We were recommended by five completely different women in the group on a post searching for a branding professional. I immediately got the job without having to do any “selling” because the women in the group spoke so highly of the quality and customer service we provide in the comments!! It’s a beautiful to see the women in our city building community and supporting each other in the Heels & Handshakes group!”
"I am so grateful to Shannen Stewart and Eliza Straney for creating this amazing group of powerful and talented women! I found my current position as Sales Manager for etch and etc. restaurant through this group and I am thrilled to work for such an amazing company.   Every time I attend a networking event with Heels and Handshakes I walk away feeling very empowered as well as honored to share the same space as these incredible women.  Thank you for letting me be part of this group! "

Whitney Eccher

 Sales Manager Etch, Etc. & Char 

 4 Top Hospitality 

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2020-04-24T19:36:41-05:00

Whitney Eccher

 Sales Manager Etch, Etc. & Char 

 4 Top Hospitality 

"I am so grateful to Shannen Stewart and Eliza Straney for creating this amazing group of powerful and talented women! I found my current position as Sales Manager for etch and etc. restaurant through this group and I am thrilled to work for such an amazing company.   Every time I attend a networking event with Heels and Handshakes I walk away feeling very empowered as well as honored to share the same space as these incredible women.  Thank you for letting me be part of this group! "
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