People/Events/Accounts: News From the Chicago Auto Show, Leo Events, and the Human Rights Campaign

CHICAGO: Chicago Auto Show organizers, with A Girls Guide to Cars and Women in Automotive, announced the fourth annual What Drives Her luncheon and networking event during the show's Media Preview on February 7 at McCormick Place.

LOS ANGELES: The Human Rights Campaign will honor actor and showrunner Dan Levy with its HRC Visibility Award at the 2020 HRC Los Angeles Dinner, held on March 28 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

MEMPHIS: Event production agency Leo Events announced a number of new hires. Laura Lines is the company's new vice president of marketing and business development. The company also announced a new Digital Division to be led by Justin Maddox, who was promoted to director of digital strategy. As part of the team, Leo has hired Dani Martin as project data coordinator and Leo Taylor as developer. The Festivals & Public Events Division is now led by director April Harbour, joined by Erin Regrutto as senior event manager and newly promoted Emma Harrietha as project coordinator. The company also announced new hires to the production division: Megan Carolan, Amie Kiehn, and Chelsea Tillman as production coordinators and Marshall Brewer as production assistant.

NEW YORK: Best Brews of New York City, a beer competition, will take place at Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden on Wednesday and Thursday evenings on February 5-13. The competition will pit 15 breweries from all boroughs against each other.

WASHINGTON: Informa Connect announced a new event from its Restaurant and Food Group. Create: The Future of the Food Economy will take place September 14-16 at the MGM National Harbor. Informa says it’s intentionally not a trade show—there will be no booths—and it is targeting leaders at emerging restaurant and food retail brands.

Destination management company Access announced its expansion to Washington, part of the company's growth strategy across the country. Access partner Maria DiBenedetto has led the expansion.

With contributions from Ashton Pike in Atlanta, Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, and Rayna Katz, Beth Kormanik, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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