Success is Learned

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. Anthony J. D’Angelo

We have a boat load of experience in our office… just the partners alone have over 50 years of combined experience in Special Events and Destination Management. If you add up our various team members we have at least another 100 years of experience in planning… that lends well to experience sharing among our team and learning from each other.

Yet, even with all the knowledge in the office – we work to expand our learning whenever an interesting occasion arises.

Recently, part of our team headed out to Dallas, TX for a Peer Exchange developed by Global DMC Partners. Corinthian Events is a proud member of Global DMC Partners which is a global network of hand-picked Destination Management Companies.

At the conference we shared with our peers what makes us who we are… in the form of a Recipe.

Creating this recipe was a lot of fun. The “Core Recipe” is based on our “Core Values” in the office:

  • Love It
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Play Nice
  • Own It
  • Be Smart

We then have added “spices” including:

  • Splash of Wine
  • Pinch of Humor
  • Dash of Sass
  • Shot of Attitude
  • Dose of Reality

Elizabeth and Tamara’s favorite spice? A dose of reality!

PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID FOX

When there are local opportunities for growth we jump in as well…

MPI New England (Meeting Professionals International) hosted a storytelling event which captivated our curiosity and led us to the edge of our seats to relive challenging experiences from “the front lines of event planning.”

Steve Kolander moderated the event, held at Courtyard Boston Downtown, which included 3 event planners’ most emotionally trying experiences as planners from working in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing to getting fired from a major job. Hearing their stories and connecting with their passion inspired us to discuss, at our weekly meeting, the power of losing the PowerPoint and using emotion to convey ideas.

Learning opportunities in the office happen pretty much every day as well. We start most mornings by meeting as a team in a huddle for a quote and share session. Each week a different person leads the huddle. One of our newest team members, Cody, led the huddle last week. His last quote of the week- “ It’s kinda fun to do the impossible,” by Walt Disney. Right on!

Success can’t be sustained without continued learning. With all the tools we have in our box it would be easier to sit back and relax but that isn’t the Corinthian way! We committed to honing our skills, sharing our experience and continuing to grow!

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Corinthian Events Cares

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

We’re better together. Many of us here at Corinthian Events have a deep commitment to volunteering and helping out with community events to strengthen our ties to the organizations and causes we feel most passionate about.

Every winter, the Salvation Army turns the Castle at Park Plaza, which Corinthian Events manages, into the “Christmas Castle,” creating an incredible Christmas celebration for children who may otherwise not have the luxury of new presents. Because of this relationship we were invited to volunteer at the Salvation Army’s Back to School Celebration where kids, ages 5-17, were invited to enjoy a day of fun, on the court, at TD Garden. The day ended with picking up a backpack filled with school supplies to start their year off right. Our Corinthian Events Team was positioned at the backpack distribution center – our job was to ensure organized backpack hand offs and proper exiting – we were totally up to the challenge! Check us out!

Here Erin, our newest team member, and Claudia passing out extra notebooks. All the backpacks already contained 1 notebook but who just needs 1? Extras were a great idea!

Maureen is passing backpacks to a middle school child here. The ‘older kids’ had a choice of blue, black or red bags filled with school supplies. Most popular color? Definitely red!

Elizabeth is keeping her backpack station stocked full. Way to go!

Having the opportunity to volunteer at organizations which we work with throughout the year is pretty awesome.

Lovelane is a special needs horseback riding program. Not only have we had the opportunity to plan their bi-annual fundraising event but our team member Natalie volunteers regularly at the farm. She is also the most avid runner on our team. She takes part in their Run for Lovelane each year for this wonderful group! Their bi-annual Hoedown is coming right up on September 24th!

Other team members enjoy supporting the causes they are most passionate about through running as well. Claudia has participated in many runs including Avon for Breast Cancer, Team Chase for Autism, Susan Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, and Wings for Life. For Maureen, the AIDS walk is closest to her heart, she has participated 10 times!

Check out Micha and Megan above. They have completed charitable races together a number of times! Here they are after the 26th Annual Jennifer Tinney Memorial 4th of July Road Race in support of Jennifer Tinney Scholarship Fund at Masconomet High School.

Supporting causes that speak to us is important at Corinthian Events. We love to help whenever we can and we are looking forward to our next opportunity!

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Setting the Scene

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

A Presidential themed gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza brings to mind when John F. Kennedy was president and the Kennedy’s were considered New England royalty.

Inspired by the 1960s and the classy dinners the Kennedy’s hosted while in office we chose deep navy linens with gold scrollwork. White hydrangeas and white roses filled rectangular gold vases along with gold votives, which elevated the décor, and bright white plates and napkins added simple elegance.

If you swoon over the 60’s you’ll adore the Mad Men inspired cocktail reception that preceded our gala.

Mid-century modern soft seating was selected, along with a fabulous shag rug, potted palms, perimeter uplighting, and one of a kind vintage details transported our guests.

Finding the right balance when designing an era into a modern space is all about the details! This coffee table is sleek and clean, while the golden peacocks are just perfectly glam.

Vintage inspired candy “cigarettes” featured in vintage ash trays really set the scene. These candy cigarettes were also displayed in martini glasses on high cocktail tables. Guests took part in some sweet puffing before heading into the gala.

Here is a real working vintage phone we used as a prop by the couches. I’m sure the kids these days wouldn’t know what to do with this relic!

Everyone had a blast getting into character. A roving Marilyn Monroe impersonator mingled with guests, staff wore ‘Kennedy for President’ buttons, and most of the attendees dressed the part as well!

PHOTO CREDIT: BRUNO DEBAS

Setting the scene takes details, planning and the right location! The venue, Fairmont Copley Boston is steeped in history and beaming with classic charm, it was the perfect venue for this 60’s cocktail affair and gala!

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Dog Days of Summer

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Our Corinthian Events office is a lively place.

We have a soft seating corner where we brainstorm ideas, 2 stylish conference rooms for more formal meetings and an open concept desk layout which allows for easy communication and sight lines among our team. On a typical day, our team is in flux, moving in and out of the office to lead site inspections, client meetings, or executing an event – hardly a place we could bring a pup!

Yet, when PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) sent an invite for a dog friendly networking event we knew we had to go! The event was after work so Micha and Sarah volunteered to bring their dogs into the office for the day then over to the event. As the day approached, schedules changed – requiring Micha to be out of the office all day which in turn left Sarah’s dog to enjoy all the attention!

The day was a blast, Raja met the team and spent the day casually stopping by each desk – offering his ball, hoping they would play.

PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID FOX

Best part of the day? Networking! We all had a blast meeting other event professionals… and their pups! There was a variety of ages and breeds of dogs from a 7 month old chocolate lab all the way up to a cranky old dog who hung out and watched the young dogs from a distance!

What a day! Raja’s feedback? “No more meetings!”

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