Mainstream Marketing to the Same-Sex Wedding Industry


March 18, 2014 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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The Westin Columbus | 310 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Join Columbus NACE for their March program, “Mainstream Marketing to the Same-Sex Wedding Industry” at The Westin Columbus on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to three presenters, all speaking on different topics related to the same-sex wedding industry—from the current legal issues to strategically setting up your business to market and service this burgeoning group of new clients and customers.  A panel discussion of industry and LGBT issue experts will also be on hand for a Q and A after dinner. 

 Tentative Agenda:
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Registration/Networking
6:05pm – 6:15pm – Announcements/Intros
6:20pm – 6:30pm – Presenter: Marc Spindelman
6:30pm – 6:40pm – Presenter: Karla Rothan
6:40pm – 7:05pm – Presenter: Nick Borelli
7:05pm – Dinner Served
7:30pm – Panel/Q&A
8:00pm – Raffle/Drawing/Networking – Coffee and Dessert
8:30pm – End

Registration will include dinner/dessert and a voucher for a beverage.  Parking is available at The Westin for $6 (self-park), $12 (valet) or at the Columbus Commons Parking Garage for $5.  Parking meters are available at hourly rates throughout the area.

Clams Casino Stuffed Mushrooms
Coconut Encrusted Shrimp with Thai Chili Sauce
Fresh Mozzarella Mini Flatbreads with Oven Dried Roma Tomato and Basil Pesto

Westin House Salad
Napa Valley Chicken (goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken with pinot noir demi glace)
Balsamic Grilled Asparagus with Oven Roasted Plum Tomato and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Dessert Display with Starbucks Coffee and Tazo Teas

About Our Presenters

Nick Borelli
Marketing Director of Rock The House

Nick Borelli is the Marketing Director of Rock The House in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds multiple positions with the International Special Events Society (ISES) including Midwest Brand Champion, International Marcom Committee and is the VP of Communications for the Cleveland Chapter. Nick is also the Chair of Public Relations for the SEARCH Foundation.

 In 2013, Nick won CBC Magazine’s Connector’s Choice Award for Networking Star, ISES Ohio WOW award for Marketing Campaign over $25,000, and the SBN Magazine SoMe Impact Award for Social Media Expertise. Nick has spoken at Catersourse, TSE, and various ISES events.

Karla Rothan
Executive Director, Stonewall Columbus

Ms. Rothan is a native of Cincinnati and moved to Columbus in 1982 to attend The Ohio State University. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 1986. She toured as an actor doing shows in children’s theatre for ten years before starting her own non-profit theatre company, New Venture Theatre in Columbus in 1992. Her career expanded in the non-profit arts arena when she landed a position at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts in 1995. She then became the public relations and marketing director for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging from 1998 – 2005. Throughout her career Karla maintained a serious commitment to Stonewall Columbus. She was the chair of the annual Pride Holiday for three years, increasing the revenue for that fundraiser 200%. Rothan has been a leader and activist in Columbus for over twenty years working with other organizations as well, including the Human Rights Campaign, the Hudson for Council campaign and most recently Mayor Coleman’s 2012 commission. Mayor Coleman appointed Ms. Rothan to the Recreation and Parks Commission in April 2008 and she currently serves as the president of the commission. Karla began her leadership of Stonewall Columbus in July of 2006 as an interim director and accepted the position of Executive Director on March 19, 2007.

 Marc Spindelman
Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law
The Ohio State University

Marc Spindelman, the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Professor Spindelman clerked for Judge (now Chief Judge) Alice M. Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City.

After leaving Wall Street, he was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School, taught as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Michigan Law School, and spent two years as a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. While a Greenwall Fellow, Professor Spindelman was also an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a research fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Since joining the faculty at the Moritz College of Law, Professor Spindelman also has been a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center (Spring ’05), and at the University of Michigan Law School (AY ’07-’08).

His recent scholarship focuses on certain problems of inequality, chiefly in the context of sex and death. He regularly teaches Family Law, Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law, Bioethics and Public Health Ethics, and Sexual Violence.

Professor Spindelman is regularly consulted by the press, chiefly domestic but also international, on a range of subjects about which he writes, including constitutional law, the law and ethics of death and dying, and lesbian and gay rights.

About Our Host Venue

The Westin Columbus is downtown Columbus’ premier hotel--at 117 years old, it features modern guest room and event amenities, including its historic Grand Ballroom.  The Westin features over 12,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, with cuisine featured by Chef Paul Bohm.  The perfect location from everything from a wedding to a corporate sales meeting, The Westin Columbus can meet all of your meeting needs and exceed your expectations. 

Linen sponsorship provided by Connie Duglin Rental Company.


$35.00 NACE Member Ticket

$20.00 student Member Ticket

$40.00 Associate Members (with the same company as a member)

$50.00 Guest Ticket

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