The Wisdom of Morning Huddle

November 29th, 2016

Every week we have morning huddles led by a different team member to inspire us and welcome us to each new day. Monday’s bit of wisdom was shared by Dawn Mogardo, Account Manager at Corinthian Events. She shared the quote, “Either you run the day, or the day runs you!”

This quote was especially fitting because while it is a lot of fun to come back and see the team after a long Holiday weekend – being away from email for 4 whole days (well, mostly away from it) – can cause a bit of a backlog. And, getting organized for a new week can be daunting when we are playing catch-up.

What is our go to tip at Corinthian Events for getting organized?

Dawn shares – “LISTS!! I have a to do list on my desktop that I am constantly updating throughout the day to make sure I am on top of everything. Especially in events where there are so many details, it is sometimes a challenge to keep track of every small thing you need to take care of, so I make sure to write them down and I don’t take them off my list until they are done.”

Dawn isn’t alone in this…  Natalie Prentiss, Outreach & Marketing Coordinator at Corinthian Events agrees adding, “I make a list of everything I need to get done for the week. I organize my list by putting the most time sensitive projects at the top and always keeping great notes of my progress to ensure I don’t waste a moment finding my place.”

Shira Brandt, Program Assistant also uses lists sharing, “I make a to do list and take a step back to think about everything that needs to get done, prioritizing is really key and allowing myself to stay calm during it all – knowing that I will get it all finished helps me from letting the quantity of tasks impact that quality of my work.”

Talk about taking it up a notch – Erin Phinney, Account Manager, shares that she uses color coded lists, numerical lists, calendars, lists for my lists… “It’s the only way to keep things in check when life gets busy!”

Staying ahead can be a challenge in our fast-paced industry. Today’s wisdom?.. Use lists!

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Being Thankful… and Purposeful

November 22nd, 2016

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

At Corinthian Events, we are grateful to have the pleasure of working with incredible for-profit companies who look to incorporate giving back to the greater community into their meetings, galas or other events. Sometimes this means taking a few hours between an activity to build in a service project, while other times it can take center-stage in the entire affair.

While we partner with many organizations throughout the year to add charitable elements into events, there are two groups we’d like to highlight.

Feeding Children Everywhere is a charity that creates an assembly line style set-up where guests pack dry goods into bags to create non-perishable meal packs. We created a team element to our last event, speeding up production, and packing meals in record time …If only there were records for this!

Artists for Humanity (AFH) is a Boston-based organization bridging economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth employment in art and design.

Kids are truly amazing when given the opportunity and resources to flourish! Through AFH they learn design skills to produce art for paying clients as well as learn the skills to lead art based service projects.

A powerful event (as seen above), incorporated a color by number scheme – illustrating a final message that could be read once all the coloring was complete.

Through working with these two charities, we’ve been able to positively impact so many lives. This time of year it is important to reflect on all we’re thankful for and look ahead to the positive events we’ll plan in the future.

As we gather around our tables this week, we give thanks for all we have, realizing how fortunate we are. Reflecting on an incredible year of support and giving back, we look to continue to grow through our commitments to service, supporting others and giving back.

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‘Type A’ Team-Working

November 17th, 2016

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. -Phil Jackson

From sophisticated private parties to large scale fundraising galas to rocking concerts – at Corinthian Events we do it all! Event planners are notorious for having strong ‘type A’ personalities and can often enjoy taking care of business solo, but, we realize that utilizing our vast combined knowledge makes our events better, smoother, and more innovative!

Jill, Partner at Corinthian Events, shares her experience from an event at the Reading Room at the Boston Public Library, an unconventional space due to its long and narrow layout. “The challenge of the room shape makes audio visual very difficult.”

Working with Mary, Partner at Corinthian Events, they could pool their knowledge. Mary focused on the graphic & event design allowing Jill to focus on entertainment management and brainstorming the AV.

The solution? Banners of each honoree hung onto the walls of the room – up lit during their speeches, allowing for all guests a great view of them – no matter where they were sitting.

Jill’s favorite memory looking back, “When guests were leaving I heard someone say, “that was a great video” – there was no video!”

Sometimes it isn’t about the complexity but the timeline that throws a curve-ball.

Erin shares her experience working on a recent luncheon and symposium, “We received the initial inquiry for this event 2 weeks prior to the event… we were in a mad dash to get everything done. We definitely relied on each other to bring the event together in such a short timeline.”

Catering, rentals, meeting management – it all came together seamlessly. The client followed up with a very complimentary email – that makes it all worthwhile!

This large-scale event at the Moakley Courthouse had all hands on deck. Approximately 900 guests were moved from the Westin Waterfront Hotel to the venue, via coaches.

Matt appreciated the communication between all the team members to help setup the event – tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, and votives. He especially leaned on Micha expressing, “She is a spectacular communicator and her patience and focus was the team’s foundation for the whole event.”

“My proudest moment is when the client and my coworkers tell me that I am doing a good job… That’s what I strive for.” – Andrew

Andrew is one of our newest account managers- he joined the team just in time to assist in a 3-day summit with concert and activities. “There were a lot of challenges with the event because there was so many moving parts.” He goes on to say that he enjoyed working with Courtney, a partner at Corinthian Events, because she is so detailed and remembers everything immediately!

“Doing an event in SOWA at the Power Station was always on my ‘bucket list,” admitted Courtney (partner at Corinthian Events).

This event challenged our creative, ingenuity and speed… from concept to creation – planning happened in under 4 weeks! 350 people for a fun reception dinner, food trucks, bowling, games, art activity, dancing – a lot of details!

Megan lead the way on this event – “owning it” as she always does!

Every event poses its own set of demands… having a strong team, that knows how to rely on one another, enables a challenging event to be broken down into more manageable pieces and executed properly – with every detail taken into consideration.

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We Got Your Back!

November 15th, 2016

Kickin’ it with Corinthian Events

At Corinthian Events we partner with hotels all around the city of Boston to be their support team for logistics, planning, and executing of events. We also recommend  hotel accommodations and offer site selection services to our clients at many of the best Boston hotels so knowing our colleagues comes in very handy.

We invited many of our hotel partners to our ‘Punch N’ Block Party’ to network and have fun… How better to get to know our colleagues than with a Block Party featuring self-defense training followed by gourmet bites, wine, and games.

While our tagline – ‘We got your back’ – and block party concept was tongue in cheek, it is important to take self-defense and preparedness training seriously.

This was a real Krav Maga style self defense class that we hosted and we had positive feedback from many of our guests including one who shared, “When I walk home at night after work I have my cell ready in case anything were to happen. I also have been looking to take self defense class so I jumped at the chance to come!”

After punching, blocking, kicking and chatting we worked up an appetite!

Ready just in time was The Catered Affair with passed hors d’oeuvres and plated gourmet pizza. Mike’s Music provided entertainment including music and games – ping pong and black jack tables were a huge hit, resulting in a friendly yet very competitive tournament!

We’d love to also give a big thank you to Be Our Guest who supplied amazing tables, linens, stools and chairs from their new collection.

The Park Plaza Castle was our venue for the evening. This unique venue was built originally as an armory for the First Corps of Cadets, a military organization. Nowadays, Corinthian Events manages this 14,642 square foot National Historic Landmark, hosting some of Boston’s most exclusive events.

Let’s just say – we had ample room for our Punch N’ Block Party!

Guests were refreshed with custom water bottles and took home combination whistle/compass/flashlights engraved, “We got your back!”

Cheers to a fun evening filled with wine, snacks, games and a bit of self defense training to ‘kick’ off the party!

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