Sure, the sweet tea abounds and it's common to hear the occasional "y'all" in casual conversation, but Atlanta has long been redefining prevailing perceptions of the South and its so-called Southern charm.

Among the nation's fastest-growing metro areas, the Georgia capital is attracting newcomers from around the country, and people are looking to this part of the country for culture and commerce like never before. If you learn about everything Atlanta has to offer, it's easy to see why. Atlanta features award-winning restaurants and chefs, iconic locales that rival any across the country – including the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the CNN Center and the Western hemisphere's largest indoor aquarium.

The Gathering Spot (Host Venue)

The Gathering Spot is a luxurious private club for underrepresented individuals to congregate among Atlanta's and the world's most influential leaders and influencers, while being able to retain their identity and cultural expression without fear of retribution. Here, the startup ecosystem is a photo negative of the glaringly white tech scene in the San Francisco bay area. Everyone around the table is black, and as an added bonus, instead of the kombucha and spa water of Silicon Valley’s ubiquitous WeWorks, this coworking space has a full bar and table service. Learn more about why The Gathering Spot is known as the "Wakanda of The South" by clicking here.


The airport code for Atlanta is ATL. Conference guest can use discount code NMTK6 or by clicking this link for Delta Airlines to receive a 3-10% off each ticket on Delta Airlines.

Delta Airlines is Atlanta's hometown hero airline, so it's generally cheaper and the best experience when coming into Atlanta to fly on Delta



Guests can book rooms for a discounted rate of $164/night at the official conference host hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park by using group code REN when visiting their website.

Guests staying at the host hotel can take the MARTA red or gold lines from the airport, depart at the Peachtree Center MARTA station. The walk to the hotel from the train center is 10 minutes, although we suggest Uber/Lyft. The distance from the host hotel to the event venue is a 5 minute ride via car.

View of Centennial Park

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Transportation to venue

The host hotel is a 5 minute drive to the venue, with Lyft/Uber prices being about $8 each way.

source: USC Annenberg Media