About

There are events, and then there are experiences

The Grant Access (TGA) is a full service provider of experience design and execution, guaranteeing that your next event will make a lasting impression. Our goal is to flawlessly implement your vision with creativity, professionalism, and most importantly, make things easier for you.

From our office in New York City, we have efficiently managed events spanning the globe from Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana to Nairobi, Kenya and Prague, Czech Republic. Lauren and team are available for in person meetings as needed.

 

We work closely with our clients from conception to completion, with an attention to detail that results in flawless execution of your event experience for all attendees, including sponsors and organization representatives. Our specialization is in corporate meeting planning and logistical execution. The Grant Access includes a team of master negotiators. We leave no stone unturned from vendor research to last minute client requests. We understand that your members are your highest priority and in our duty to serve you, we are also providing them with a stellar experience.

 

Through TGA’s collaborative approach, it has built a vast network of vendors with which they are able to negotiate in order to maximize value for clients at all budget levels. Lauren and team are attentive to the needs of their clients, taking a hands-on approach in understanding and ultimately executing their vision.

 

Founded by Lauren Grant, The Grant Access is a certified Minority/Women Business Enterprise of New York City and has a certification in Virtual Meeting & Event Planning and Pandemic Meeting & Event Design from the Event Leadership Institute.

Meet Our Team

Lauren Grant

Chief Experience Architect

Lauren curates memorable experiences for her clients, ranging from professional conferences and galas to sponsorship activations. With high profile clientele and sponsorships including the National Association of Investment Companies, Cantu Beauty, Fox, Creative Capital, and The Executive Leadership Council, The Grant Access’ impressive and highly satisfied portfolio of clients are a testament to Lauren’s commitment to cultivating a memorable, five-star experience.

 

Lauren’s exemplary service acumen comes from a 10 year career in media and advertising. Her positive attitude and dynamic energy help to put clients at ease and ensure smooth planning and flawless day-of execution.

 

Her collaborative approach has allowed her to build a vast network of vendors with whom she’s able to negotiate in order to maximize value for clientele at all budget levels. She is attentive to the needs of her clientele, taking a hands-on approach in understanding and ultimately executing their vision.

 

The Grant Access, founded in 2014 is the manifestation of over 17 years of event planning experience.

Sharia P. Barlow

Project Manager

An Atlanta native, by way of Philadelphia, Sharia has always had a calling for coordinating and executing events; big and small. Sharia is a proud alumna of Florida A&M University and officially launched her event planning career as a graduate student at The Florida State University organizing the university’s campus wide service projects and events impacting the 41,000 student population.


Sharia has excelled her career planning events throughout the United States and internationally. She has been the lead planner and designer for several events hosted by Hennessy Land Rover and Jaguar, The Professional Football Players Mothers Association during Super Bowl XXXVII and the 2009 and 2010 National Football League’s Pro Bowls, and The Red Hatters Society National Annual Conference. As evidenced by her career journey, Sharia’s ability to deliver impactful, trendy, and memorable experiences, she has been included in an exclusive cohort of professionals to be endorsed at luxury hotel properties as a preferred event planner. Those properties include, but are not limited to, four Ritz Carlton hotels along the East Coast, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Grand Bohemian and several Lowes properties.

 

Sharia has been an immeasurable resource in project management for The Grant Access, managing budgets, event design, staging and overall execution.

Johnny Marshall

Research Assistant

Johnny Marshall, professional freelance event planner, originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Previously, he’s worked within Top Industry Companies such Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels, alongside creating collaborative experiences with Non – Profit organizations in Central Florida, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He holds a bachelors in Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida, and is currently receiving his Masters of Business Administration.

 

Mr. Marshall is a true innovator and he aspires to utilize his critical eye for detail and flair for creativity, to create experiences that progressively move society forward.“