By Taroue Brooks
Tell us about your company.
Marsha Jews & Company’s mission is to deliver high-value, high-impact , flawless events and experiences for the discerning clientele in search of a luxurious sophisticated experience. We orchestrate a curated approach to each element of our events. As a premier full service conference, event production and management company located in Baltimore with a global footprint. We specialize in extraordinary design and deliver integrated solutions and services that make our clients strategic business events and programs memorable. We have built our reputation in a variety of sectors and types of meetings and special events from Corporate and leadership meetings, Award Ceremonies and recognition events, International & National Conferences, Fundraisers and Galas, Grand openings, industry meetings, Press and product launches, Team building and appreciation events, Military and Diversity Trade shows, donor and alumni events for government, corporate, nonprofit and community organizations from 100 to 10,000 attendees with the Education, Government, Corporate and Non-Profit business and community oriented organizations sectors. We create memorable experiences from one day Summits to five day conference supporting attendees and the people they influence. We offer specialized services in souvenir/magazine design, subject matter experts, event branding, luxury weddings and private corporate signature events,
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My father was an entrepreneur and after working with a myriad of other corporations and organizations, and making them successful, I decided to start my own business and apply those same principals.
What does success look like to you?
Being able to have peace of mind and spirit, enjoying the variety of work that that we manage, traveling, to be of service to small underserved community organizations.
What projects are you currently working on?
I was recently voted as President of the East Baltimore Historical Library. We are creating a museum – that speaks to the gentrification of 88 acres bought by a local business and displaced 2200 African American families. This museum collect the oral histories, artifacts and other pertinent historical information of the previous generations of African American ancestors and modern day residents that who lived in the 88 acre footprint from more than 100 years ago to modern day residents.
What kind of experience should a person expect from working with your company?
At Marsha Jews & Company we are communicators – from our initial conversations through execution of contracts, we pay attention to the most remote detail. We are listeners, each client has a project manager who has their undivided attention, we develop our strategic plan, set standing meetings, and laser focused on our goals and objectives with military precision.
What advice would you give other women who are interested in becoming an entrepreneur?
Do not allow anyone to destroy your dream, believe in yourself, make a serious commitment to make the business successful, stay laser focused, determine what is or isn’t a priority, understand that situations happen, and keep it moving to the finish line.
What has been the biggest challenge being an entrepreneur?
Making the decision to create my own business, staying focused and true to the plan. There are distractions, hiccups in business – not winning a contract, and understanding that it happens… creating the right environment to market to the right clientele and developing a serious team of people who see their success in the vision we have for this company and being committed 24/7 to its success – in spite of the obstacles and deterrents… staying the course.
Where would you like to see your business in the next five years?
To have developed our own annual international products.
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MARSHA REEVES JEWS
Marsha Reeves Jews has more than 30 years of C-executive level work experience specializing in conference management, communications, business and relationship development, marketing, corporate event and trade show production and management.
Marsha Jews and Company, LLC (MJ&C) is a well-honed machine with vast corporate, military and non- profit conference, trade show, corporate event and destination wedding production and management and live streaming experience. As Executive Event Producers we provide a broad range of services to accommodate the diversity of our clients, industry, topical issues and subject matter experts for seminars, conferences, summits and workshops. Our clients include; National Science Foundation: I- Corps – Innovation, the City University of New York, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, Career Communication Group, Inc. and the Black Engineer of the Year Conference & Women of Color STEM Conference; National Association of Counties (NACO), National Organization of Black County Officials, and Morgan State University School of Business and Management/Earl G. Graves Honors Awards Gala.
MJ&C has an extensive network which provides an impressive ability to scale quickly creating cost- effective strategic solutions in real time; whether our client is planning an upcoming corporate team building event, celebration, product announcement, gala fundraiser, be it large or small, we have the capacity and bandwidth to be mission ready..
Marsha Jews was the Executive Producer and Host for KEEP IT MOVING Radio show on two National Public Radio Stations; Morgan State University’s WEAA 88.9FM in Baltimore, Maryland and City
College’s WHCR 90.3 FM in Harlem, New York and is currently creating WKIM Streaming Internet Network.
Ms. Jews is the Editor-At-Large-U.S. for World Bride Magazine and the former Director of Events and the Certified Wedding Planner at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum and the Founder of the Herbert Bearman Art Gallery in the Museum.
In the late 90s Ms. Jews found her passion in working as Project Manager
on three Community Technology Development grants at the Institute of Learning
Technologies and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers
College/ Columbia University, where she led three federal grants; the Harlem
Renaissance 2001 from NTIA/Department of Commerce; New York One-Net from the
Department of Education and the Community Technology Center Banks from the New
York City Council.
As the former President/COO & Associate Publisher for Career Communications Group, Ms. Jews let the ten million dollar multimedia company, Marsha managed the day-to-day operations for all aspects of Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine and Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology Magazines, co-produced the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference; and co- founder and co-producer of Women of Color Technology Awards and Conference; Co-Founder of the annual international Black Family Technology Awareness Week, the founding President of the National Women of Color Technology Association and the first staff member for the Stars & Stripes Awards Gala, founded by six Black Flag Officers from all the Armed Forces.
As Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland, Marsha was responsible for the overall management of the statewide organization and annually presenting the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, producing the annual Baltimore Gala and performance and launched AILEY/Camp for at-risk middle school students in three locations in Maryland in Baltimore City at Morgan State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Frostburg State University in Western Maryland.
Ms. Jews directed the advertising department for the 100 year old Afro-American Newspaper, Inc. for Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Richmond.
During the big defense boom in the late 70s and 80s Ms. Jews was the first black woman to work in the field of producing international military exhibitions for the United States Marine Corps, as Vice President of Operations for the Marine Corps League Exhibit Co., Ms. Jews handled operations for the annual exposition, Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Military Exposition and the Amphibious Warfare Review Magazine–where she sat on the editorial board.
Ms. Jews was contracted by the French Embassy’s Ministry of Defence to
coordinate the maiden product exposition for the French Nuclear, Biological
Chemical, and Consortium for the United States Department of Defense in the
courtyard of the Pentagon. Jews was co-producer of the First Black Flag
Officers Banquet–bringing over 75 black generals and admirals from around the
world representing all branches of the military to Washington, D.C. for a first
time ever command performance, with Muhammad Ali as keynote speaker.
Marsha has won numerous awards including the Mercedes Benz’s Visionary Award and the Harriet Tubman Award; Marsha was featured in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Baltimore as a Community Leader; a Co‐Author in the Incredible Business book with 20 co-authors, and spokesperson for and Producer of the Welcome Event, Press Conference and VIP reception for the Baltimore City Visit of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.
An avid volunteer in the Baltimore community; past president for Network 2000; Charter member and past vice president of the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and co‐chair of Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Digital Sistahs; 1999 Co‐Chair of the Annual
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Gala; Chaired the 1997 and 1998 BESTFest Gala Fundraiser for the
Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust; co‐chaired numerous political events including the Democratic National Committees, Women’s Leadership Forum’s Fund Raiser honoring First Lady, Hillary Clinton; United States Senator Barbara Mikulski; Lt. General Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Speaker of the House Cas Taylor.
A noted public speaker, Ms. Jews’ has spoken to audiences as either key‐note speaker, moderator and/or panelist and presenter for local, regional and national organizations. Most recently moderated panels for the Aspen Institute on the Arts and Community Development; Moderated the 2015 100 Black Women’s Gubernatorial debate and Moderated WEAA 88.9FM 2016 Baltimore Mayoral Debate. A sampling listed: a discussion participant on the working paper for The Morino Institute’s – From Access to Outcomes: Raising Aspirations for Technology Initiatives in Low Income Communities; and a participant of the à la SociétéAfricaine des Sciences et des Nouvelles Technologies (SASNET) conference in Brazzaville, Congo and speaker at the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative’s Walter Cronkite Memorial Celebration. National Black Programming Consortium 2006 Convention; Towson University’s Women in Computing; Baltimore City College; NAACP/ACT‐SO; Johns Hopkins Technology Institute; The EEO conference on Race –England; The Digital Divide Conference‐hosted by the Jamaican Minister of Technology;
International Alliance of Women Annual conference; National Association of Broadcasters/HR
Conference; State of Maryland Legislature’s State of Technology Conference; Society of Hispanic
Professional Engineers‐Women in Action Conference; Women in Technology International (WITI) Annual Conferences; Women International Feminist EXPO 2000; University of Maryland Baltimore CountyWomen in Technology; Black Data Processors Association annual convention; Annual Women of Color Technology Awards Conference, Advancing Minorities in Engineering (AMIE); and Harlem Business Alliance, Economic Development Summit : Moderator; Technology Panels.