If we could sum up Make it Mariko’s 2023 in one word, I would say it was WILD. It felt like a giant roller coaster with so many unexpected twists & turns, drops that knocked the wind out of me, and also thrilling pockets of joy & connection. As a small business, it was incredibly hard due to ever-shifting goalposts, staffing challenges, cash flow issues, and lower event budgets partnered with higher expectations.Read More
Moscone Convention Center is one of San Francisco’s biggest convention venues where employees from all over the world come together for some of the most prominent conferences. Having so many people in your industry in town at the same time is the perfect opportunity to reach your target audience with a unique event to highlight your company and brand!Read More
Endless thank you’s to everyone who showed up and showed out for our 7-Year Anniversary party — the Black & White AnniverSoireee! What an amazing way to close out this crazy year with all our loved ones, our family, vendor family, and the amazing Bay Area POC Creative Community that we love so dearly.
We had an unforgettable night filled with karaoke, singing, dancing, eating, drinking, and JOY with yall. We’re SO excited for 2023 with you all!
It’s going to be an amazing 2023, and we can’t wait to share it all with you.
We’re so blessed to be able to be the Event Producers of the BIGGEST Filipino Creative Market, UNDISCOVERED SF! We had our biggest year ever as we produced our 6th annual festival season, all aimed to generate awareness of SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District, and support Filipino entrepreneurs and creatives.Read More
June 23rd marked a memorable night for the Bay Area Japanese American Community, as well as for Make it Mariko. This was an epic night featuring the introduction to KOHO, Japantown’s new artist & culture collective as part of Japantown’s Cultural Heritage District. KOHO approached Make it Mariko (as a fellow Japanese American small business and creative), to help them produce their official Launch Party.Read More
If this past year has taught us anything, it is that through true times of hardship, the community is the key to perseverance. For over 50 years, Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center has been a pillar of the San Francisco community — providing recreational, vocational, and educational opportunities for people with disabilities. Through this, Pomeroy has been able to bring people from all backgrounds together and create a strong community centered around respect, diversity, and inspiring people with disabilities to live a full life.
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 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾