Meet Memphis Event Planner Cynthia Daniels

Cynthia Daniels has spearheaded dozens of events in Memphis that bring thousands of people together, and she isn’t slowing down anytime soon.


Cynthia Daniels has a knack for seeing a problem and finding a solution. Perhaps that’s why her event planning company, Cynthia Daniels & Co., attracts thousands of young professionals in Memphis, many of whom are repeat attendees. The Atlanta native, who moved to the Bluff City in 2009, says when she relocated, she noticed that there weren’t a lot of events catered to young professionals, especially those of color. Instead of complaining, she did something about it.

The “entrepreneur by accident” started by organizing small, intimate dinners with CEOs and went on to create the nationally recognized Memphis Black Restaurant Week in 2016. Since then, Cynthia has orchestrated an extensive mix of popular events including the Black Bridal ExpoMemphis Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals and the LEVEL UP Conference.

This busy entrepreneur isn’t slowing down yet. In fact, she says there’s still a lot more work to do, including expanding the reach of Cynthia Daniels & Co. We spoke to Cynthia about the secret to her signature events and what she loves most about the city she now calls home. Get to know this FACE of Memphis better!