SOWA BONA MPI!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I see you.  Do you see me?

For MGM Resorts, this African greeting illustrates the true meaning of hospitality: acknowledging every human, regardless of physical appearance, with respect and care.  This mantra, which guides the training of their 60,000 worldwide employees, was front and center at the recent Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas.  Courtney and Elizabeth had the opportunity to experience a snippet of this training as part of the conference’s theme of TRANSFORMATION, as the entire crowd was moved to tears with exposed challenges and stories of adversity.  And all this, no less than 5 minutes after keynote speaker and TED fellow, Candy Chang, shared her incredible story of vision, art, and transformation in communities around the world.  A powerful way to kick off an amazing 3 days of education, networking and fun!

Courtney and Elizabeth ran from one chilly ballroom to another, soaking up information and engaging with colleagues and meeting professionals from around the country.  Sessions touched on everything from sustainability to risk mitigation and from strategic meeting management to contracting.  They learned about the importance of understanding bandwidth usage, and even to have a song for all of your personal entrances.

They also had the opportunity to participate in an awesome corporate social responsibility teambuilding activity.  In teams of six, attendees constructed 250 prosthetic hands that will be distributed to amputees in 65 developing countries.  This initiative allowed groups to explore their strengths and leverage their limitations, in order to successfully construct these prosthetic hands.  What a powerful teambuilding activity!

With everyone safely back on the East Coast, our team is reflecting on this new information, our common experiences, and current trends – we can’t wait to share what we learn with our clients and vendors!

Oh, and of course, they enjoyed a party or two!

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Orienteering in Woodstock, Vermont

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Because Corinthian Events loves some inclement weather, we decided to forge ahead with our outdoor orienteering excursion in the Marsh-Billings Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, VT on a particularly stormy day in June. Guests were warned that the program ran rain-or-shine and we weren’t kidding!

Custom designed by our very own “GI Joe,” everyone was given a quick run-down of the rules and a general orienteering refresher course – we went out on a limb and assumed few guests had not participated in such an activity since junior high school, if ever.  The game was simple; use your map to find each of the control flags strategically placed throughout the mountainous park. As a twist, this particular course was designed as a game of “Poker Orienteering” and each control boasted a playing card. As such, teams could choose to mark their score card with the control’s corresponding punch, or move on in hopes of finding a better card and ultimately earning a superior poker hand. Object of the game – be the first team to finish within the designated time frame, with the best hand!

After the briefing (and being the good sports that they are), guests donned ponchos, color-coded team bandanas and bright red backpacks filled with emergency provisions (and a few goodies!) before venturing up the mountain.

This activity was such a hit that we’ve made it our mission to uproot our trusty G.I. Joe from his beloved Vermont and come design a course in Boston. Harbor Islands anyone? We think so…

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One for the Books – An Evening at the Boston Public Library

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

An affair to go down in the books!  Our fun-filled June included an elegant evening at the Boston Public Library - and one not soon forgotten at that.

Following a green carpet entry, guests were welcomed into the Library by a baroque trio atop the grand staircase.  A temporary “barricade” was actually a gorgeous visual – orchids were scattered down the staircase keeping guests on the first floor for cocktails.  Since the night was clear and beautiful, most guests were found mingling in the courtyard where sounds from a jazz trio permeated the air.

During the cocktail hour, guests had the opportunity to explore the library hosted by library tour guides. The tours highlighted the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, along with the works of famous sculptors and painters including John Singer Sargent.

Following cocktails, guests dined upstairs in the beautiful barrel-arched ceiling of Bates Hall, the Abbey Room, Chavannes Gallery, Courtyard Terrace, Boylston Room and the Elliot Room. A unique menu created by The Catered Affair took the guests on a journey through Boston’s Past, Present and Future. Not only was the menu extremely creative – it was also delicious!  From traditional Boston baked beans and cod cakes to lobster rolls and liquid nitrogen ice cream, every palette was pleased.

From weather to decor, food to music, plus such a fun group of guests – it truly was an evening to remember.

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Party with a View: The Glass Dinners

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

We promised you a closer look at some of our fun June events and we’re starting with the Glass Dinners!  Developed for a corporate client, we were charged with finding an upscale dine-around solution in Boston for 1,000+ guests visiting our fabulous city.

Instead of the typical restaurant solution, our team sourced three of the largest venues (all featuring a world class view) in Boston to execute three simultaneous experiences.  The selected venues: The Moakley Federal Courthouse, The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, and The Institute of Contemporary Art were each decked out in vibrant citrus tones for a summer feel.

The goal was to create three very similar affairs regardless of which venue the guests were assigned to visit!   Thanks to our fantastic catering partners, the menus were close to identical and the service was impeccable.  Guests boarded waiting motor coaches and were swiftly transferred to one of the venues where they were greeted with live music, tasty hors d’oeuvres and of course, lots of wine!

As the common thread in each of these venues is an expansive glass window that displays the Boston skyline from the water, we played off of this look and incorporated “glass” into each of the décor elements.  From centerpieces to lucite chairs the translucent elements really refined the look of each space and coordinated nicely with the lime and melon citrus tones, and hence dubbing this series of events the “Glass Dinners.”

As always, we just had a blast making these three very different spaces coordinate for the ultimate upscale summertime parties!

The Moakley Federal Courthouse:

The Institute of Contemporary Art:

The John F. Kennedy Library:

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