BOSTON: George P. Johnson has promoted Fiona Bruder to executive vice president of client success.

CHICAGO: Destination management company Access has named Colleen Brzozowski director of national accounts.

LONDON: Liveforce, a workforce management platform, has acquired promotional staffing platform Watu.

LOS ANGELES: The Women In Film Annual Gala will take place June 12 at the Beverly Hilton. Hosted by Xosha Roquemore, the event will honor Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cathy Schulman.

Margaret Launzel-Pennes is the new C.E.O. of Extraordinary Events, where she’ll partner with founder and president Andrea Michaels. Launzel-Pennes was previously head of experiential for Beautycon, and she has held leadership positions with C2, PTTOW!, Cabi, and Herbalife. 

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles 

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Atton Brickell Miami has rebranded as Novotel Miami Brickell. The property, which is managed by Accor, has 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Paragon Events has promoted Xiomara Rivas to assistant director of association management for the Meeting Professionals International division.

NEW YORK: Lambda Legal will host the National Liberty Awards on May 9 at Pier Sixty. The event will honor Kate Kendell, former executive director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Baker McKenzie, Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home CareProject partner.

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host Ladies Who Lunch For a Cure on May 14 at the residence of Susan Gutfreund. CNN anchor Don Lemon will emcee the event, which will have an appearance by fashion designer Dennis Basso.

Digital marketing agency Situation has launched Situation Events, a live event production division. 

Clinton Hall Rooftop Beer Garden will open at POD Brooklyn Hotel on May 17. The 2,000-square-foot venue is powered by 100 solar panels and will seat as many as 125 guests.

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

PHILADELPHIA: Fitler Club has appointed chef Marc Vetri culinary advisor. 

SAN FRANCISCO: Viceroy Hotels and Resorts’s Urban Retreats properties—Hotel Zelos, Hotel Zeppelin, Hotel Zetta, and Hotel Emblem—have partnered with Wag, an on-demand mobile dog walking and dog care service. The partnership gives guests a 15 percent discount off the platform’s services. 

TORONTO: The eighth annual Breakthroughs Film Festival will take place June 7-8 at the Royal Cinema.

WASHINGTON: Destination DC has announced that Washington drew a record 21.9 million visitors in 2018, marking a ninth consecutive year for tourism growth. 

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