Make it Mariko is an all women-of-color team committed to curating creative, inclusive, and diverse spaces in the events industry. We’re here to challenge the status quo and pave the way for a new generation of diverse event experience curators.
My whole life I always thought that I wanted babies. No strike that, I assumed that I would have babies. You know the kids’ rhyme, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby with the baby carriage.” We sang this song at each other tauntingly, knowing that these were the steps of our future adulthood. Everything we were taught in school as little girls, every future scenario we were told to dream, and every book we read, included a future where we were to one day get married, get pregnant, birth babies, and have our own families. I knew I wanted 1 boy and 1 girl, just like my brother and I. I kept a notebook with all my future baby name ideas. I dreamed of what kind of mother I’d be, and how I’d raise my kids.
What a roller coaster year of emotions 2020 has been. In January, we started off the year by losing one of our team members – Marco Jastillana – and could sense that it was going to be a rough one in general. Only to arrive in March to a worldwide pandemic and Shelter-in-place order. The entire live events industry was shut down, and we lost 81% of all our income.
I had no idea what was to come of Make it Mariko, but we weren’t going to sit around and wait to find out. We pivoted quickly with our event partners at AddVirtual, and started producing virtual events in April. It’s been a crazy adventure since then with hardly any breaks.
We planned 48 events in 2020
(a 17% increase from last year)!
27 were Virtual events.
Now in December, instead of having to shut down our business, I’m SO GRATEFUL to say that we’re celebrating our 5-Year Anniversary for Make it Mariko! I know that many others in the events industry weren’t so lucky, and for that, I have nothing but endless GRATITUDE for our Clients, Event Partners, and Vendors who stood by our side, referred us for virtual events, and helped this ALL WOMEN-OF-COLOR SMALL BIZ THRIVE!
Here’s a countdown of some of our favorite magical, meaningful moments in true Make it Mariko form. ENJOY 🙂
With endless gratitude, joy, and hope,
Founder & Owner
HELLO DECEMBER💜💛 What a year 2020 has been for us all. We’re reflecting back on where @makeitmariko was at in March before the first shutdown happened — Before we *lost 81% of all our income*, and before all live events were canceled for the year.
Here we are now in December — We were able to pivot our business model to virtual events by partnering with our event brother @rjkoolraul, save our small business and our employees, and even enjoy a tiny bit of growth while at it. We’re SO incredibly thankful for it all, knowing that so many other event businesses were not as fortunate.
On Weds December 30th, we’re so GRATEFUL to be able to celebrate:
- 🥳 The 5-Year Anniversary of Make it Mariko
- 🎈🎂The birthday of our founder @ginamariko
- 🚀 The official launch of @rjkoolraul’s new virtual production company, AddVirtual!!
Through our struggles, challenges, and stress, there is always SO much to be thankful for and to CELEBRATE. Thank you everyone for being a part of this journey with us 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
– It made me scared, angry, and uncertain.
– It made me start to see people as viruses, instead of human beings.
– It made me judgmental of others who weren’t following the rules.
To explore a NEW virtual event platform, Gatherly, with the Make it Mariko team! Get beyond Zoom and see how we can help you plan more engaging events with Gatherly.
This event is open to all current Make it Mariko clients and friends, as well as some of our favorite event industry vendors and partners: RJ from Creative Transit Agency & Max & Jason from Gatsby Entertainment. Because we know we all really miss Industry Tuesday nights.Read More
Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the wedding and events industry, but it cannot stop the love. When Covid-19 hit the Bay Area with quarantines and closures, we were so sad for our wedding clients who had to rethink everything. But for awesome clients like Katherine & Mark, they were committed to getting married one way or the other regardless of how many people could attend!Read More
When our corporate client reached out to us early last year with their hopes of upping their holiday party game – we were excited to take it on! The attendees last year had a colorful and sweet experience around a Willy Wonka themed party. So we were excited to take on the challenge of maintaining a wow factor of being transported to another place, while bringing a different design look and feel. We came up with this Mad Scientist theme that we felt spoke to their specific employee audience really well! Here’s the custom lookbook we created for them:Read More
What a crazy time we live in! As event planners – it’s definitely a challenge to feel productive and, more importantly, getting creative right now. But even in this time of social distancing – people will always find a way to connect. One of the top ways we’ve noticed so far is by Zoom.Read More