Vice President, Sharia Barksdale

Sharia Barksdale, MTA, CMP is the CEO & Resident Rock Star of Eclectic Fete, an off-beat event planning company servicing non-traditional clients!! She has been in the social event space for the past four years creating innovative event experiences for weddings and social events. She is also the DC Regional Director of the Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expo–an event geared toward inclusivity and diversity in the wedding event market. Forever the double agent, Sharia is also the Manager, Meetings at The American Institute of Architects where she practices logistical Kung-Fu for architect-focused meetings and conferences. As her alter ego #PlanItGlam, Sharia is working on a platform to bridge the gap between hoteliers and meeting planners to foster a safe space to share industry war stories and best practices for meeting success! The proud alumna of Hood College and The George Washington University, Sharia spends her free time plotting her world takeover, travelling, seeing dope museum and art exhibits, and making epic memories with loved ones.