Established in 1999 as a part-time bureau representing only four speakers and serving just a few colleges within its immediate area, Garrett Reed & Associates is now a dynamic full service creative programming agency serving the nation's educational institutions, associations and corporations. GRA consists of four divisions:
Lecture and Arts Promotions
Event Planning and Management
Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Through these four divisions GRA's expert, experienced and energetic staff is available to assist you in all aspects of programming from concept to conclusion!
Of course, since GRA started as a speakers bureau, our Lecture and Arts Promotions Division continues to be our largest area of service. Our roster has grown from the original four speakers to a database that includes hundreds of the best multicultural speakers, artists and programs available. Our expansive list of clients includes colleges and universities, associations and corporations throughout the United States.
With over twenty years experience as a successful college/university programmer, administrator, speaker and trainer, President and CEO Sharon D. Reed established Garrett Reed & Associates as a vehicle to further her life's mission of Education, Enlightenment and Empowerment. In GRA, Sharon envisioned an agency that epitomizes integrity in its services and its staff and an agency that exists for a purpose higher than just "the profit margin". Thus, from her long-term, first-hand experiences as a buyer/producer of lecture and arts programs, she incorporated the best that she found - the vast contacts, resources and networking capabilities of the large agencies and the unprecedented individualized service of a much smaller shop. These principles remain the foundation and the guiding force in all aspects of the agency - from its dedicated officers to its committed professional and support staff to its highly selective roster of exceptional speakers and artists.
An African American woman-owned agency, Garrett Reed & Associates specializes in multicultural programming. That is GRA's niche and that is what it does best! GRA accomplishes its "Triple E" mission by working hard - even going the extra mile - to meet each client's individual needs. At GRA, we seek to help our clients achieve programming success with the very best African American, Hispanic and Native American speakers, artists and programs to inform and inspire audiences everywhere.