Meet The Urbaanite: Marie Sueing

Meet Marie Sueing, a New York native turned Nashville local, inspiring her community by supporting the change in representation in the tourism industry. She believes in the power of connections to build each other up to support the future of diversity. She is also the woman behind many of the cultural attractions our city has held. She has a strong knowledge of great local music that anyone can get into from soul to jazz. We hope you enjoy meeting this Urbaanite.

Marie Sueing, Chief Diversity Officer, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

How many years have you been in Nashville?
My family and I have lived in Nashville for over 27 years.

Tell us what you are creating in Nashville?
My goal is to help create a culture of inclusivity and understanding within my personal and professional circles. I enjoy being a connector because I firmly believe that we are stronger together.

What inspires you?   
Young people who are fearless, who ask questions to dig deeper, who challenge the status quo in their quest to fight for the rights of everyone.

Coffee, lunch, brunch, or happy hour?
Lunch is what I do most often, happy hour is a close second!

Current book you are reading or album you are listening to?
The Mountains We Carry by Zaid Brifkani – and – The Savvy Ally, by Jeannie Gainsburg

Describe Nashville in 3 words?
Authentic, Evolving, Home

Favorite Nashville musician, singer or artist?
I don’t have one favorite, but here are a few I truly enjoy: Home Grown in Nashville – The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Shannon Sanders; Currently lives or has lived in Nashville – CeCe Winans, Jill Scott, India Arie, Ruby Amanfu, to name a few.

What is your favorite Nashville spot you are digging right now?
My favorite Nashville spot is anywhere showcasing good music. I’ve recently enjoyed the entertainment at the Nashville Museum of African American Music, City Winery, Bridgestone Arena, Municipal Auditorium, and Rudy’s Jazz Room.

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