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.
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.
In July of 2019, Make it Mariko teamed up with our nonprofit partner Kultivate Labs and won a $250K grant from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) to plan a series of pop up events to strategize for a future Filipino American Arts & Culture Center, Balay Kreative. We’ve been hard at work strategizing for this project as well as going through a series of community trainings called “Trauma Informed Systems” work so that we can better serve our entire community. Read More
As the decade draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the highlights of this incredible year. From the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach to UNDISCOVERED SF Season 3 to nonprofit events for Leap Sandcastle Classic, these are our Top 10 Favorite Moments from 2019! Read More
On Sunday, October 6th we hosted our FIRST EVER second day of the Entrepinays Summit – an addition that emerged as part of the feedback we received from last year! Our community asked for more time to take a deep dive into topics and to have more time to reflect and this year we were lucky enough to have the space to do so. Read More
The 2nd Annual Entrepinays Summit has left us feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible community that we’re surrounded by. Make it Mariko is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of Entrepinays Summit every year. On October 5th, we had over 250+ Pinays from across the Bay Area and beyond sharing space at the beautiful Bespoke Event Space for our first day of a weekend summit. This was only our 2nd year, and already we had double the # of days, doubled the workshops, and the people!Read More