Technical Meeting and Event Production Certified!

This past year, Reinventing Events team members took the Technical Meeting and Event Production course offered by Event Leadership Institute and taught by Brandt Krueger. ELI explains that this course is designed for experienced planners to be more educated when it comes to mapping out the technical, staging and AV elements of their programs, and to be more knowledgeable in dealing with audio visual providers and clients. Those who took this course gained detailed understanding of all audio visual and lighting elements involved in producing most meetings and events, determined all the given sound and visual inputs required for most …

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Creativity and Community at CMX Summit

CMX Summit East 2015 was a conference for community builders, which brought together the world’s most inspiring and experienced speakers on the topic of community strategy in Brooklyn, NY on May 18 and 19. CMX Summit’s agenda featured one day of intimate workshops and one day of speakers sharing their unique perspectives on building communities. The workshops were smaller sessions of 20 people or less focused on an introduction to community strategy, building your retention and ramification strategy, integrating your community and product strategy, and community driven marketing and ROI. As CMX Summit East kicked off, attendees were greeted at the door by registration volunteers …

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Using Safe Words At Work

I had the pleasure of giving an Ignite talk during INBOUND Bold Talks and shared about using safe words at work. Events are stressful and we LOVE producing them which is why we implement safe words to help us manage stress levels, not only for our individual self, but for the entire team! Curious about how something that’s usually used during ‘sexy time’ helps us in our production work? Check out my presentation on Using Safe Words at Work at INBOUND 2014:     And here are my slides from the presentation: If you’re not familiar with the Ignite event series, you should check …

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Indoor Ag-Con Production Recap Post

The 3rd Annual Indoor Ag-Con united farmers, growers, chefs, produce buyers, tech geeks, entrepreneurs, industry suppliers, investors, and advocates in a lively discussion of the future of indoor agriculture in Downtown Las Vegas on March 31 & April 1. The conference was hosted at MEETLV. This event and meeting venue has won multiple awards including The 2013 Event Solutions Event Site of the Year. MEETLV’s high tech facility is designed to make anything possible, including an indoor agricultural event where two tents were set up for exhibition space. We want to thank all the staff at MEETLV for their amazing service throughout the event! …

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Thirsty Thursday – Virgin Sangria

Some drinks out there are so delicious they don’t even require alcohol! You can of course make them alcoholic, but from time to time on the Thirsty Thursday blog series we’ll provide some non-alcoholic options too. This week’s drink of choice is White Sangria, done mocktail-style. Here’s what you’ll need for a 1 gallon pitcher: 1 bottle apple juice or white grape juice 1 bottle of lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, sparkling cider (for sweeter sangria) or soda water (for a less sweet option) Ice Optional: Muddle fresh mint, basil, or rosemary for a kick of freshness **To make this drink …

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Thirsty Thursday – Raspberry Beer Cocktail

We’re starting a new weekly series, Thirsty Thursday, where we’ll share easy drink recipes for you to enjoy at home. You don’t have to be a master mixologist to mix these up, but we promise your friends will be impressed! Yesterday was April 1 and it was no foolin’ that Chicago hit 70 degrees–while we know it may not last long here, the streets came alive and everyone was ready to enjoy a cocktail! My favorite go-to cocktail when the weather warms up is a (dangerously) delicious Raspberry Beer Cocktail. Any time I’ve made it for a gathering, friends cannot …

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Conference Catering Reinvented

If you’re like me, the food being served at an event is extremely important. Doesn’t the food you serve, how you serve it and the purpose of it send a message to those attending? Reinventing Events takes a new approach to conference catering with some creative options! Every event is unique and so should the food that’s presented to attendees. It is so interesting to see the different opportunities we, as event planners, have to get to reinvent the conference lunch menu to feed anywhere from 100 to 1,000 people during an event. The Reinventing Events team has put a new …

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Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference was on fire!

The Reinventing Events team was super excited to work with Flurry, a client we’ve worked with before on SourceDigital13 in NYC and Source14 in SF, on their big event this year in San Francisco. Yahoo acquired Flurry in 2014 and this was their chance to produce the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference. Our team worked closely with Flurry and Yahoo for selection of the venue and design elements including AV setup, furniture rentals, and print and signage production. The day started off with an invite-only Women’s Tech Breakfast, where female attendees came together to hear from Directors of Engineering at Yahoo …

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The Thiel Foundation Summit 2014 Production Recap

On November 15th and 16th, The Thiel Foundation Summit brought together hundreds of visionary young entrepreneurs, hackers, scientists, designers and futurists to connect, collaborate and inspire. They built new relationships, new companies, new technologies and new projects with the potential to change the world. The Summit was held in Downtown Las Vegas at The Learning Village. This venue is a premier destination for stimulating events and programming by community focused businesses and organizations. The Thiel Foundation is definitely a community-focused organization. Throughout the year, summiters stay in touch through a private (800+ member) Facebook group and organize local meetups to bring …

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Tech Cocktail Celebrate 2014 Production Recap

On October 6th and 7th, Tech Cocktail Celebrate brought together hundreds of attendees, industry leaders and inspiring speakers. These attendees attended the conference in Downtown Las Vegas at INSPIRE. Located at one of the most famous intersections in Vegas, INSPIRE is a one-of-a-kind community and event complex. Intimate, yet surprisingly expansive, its heart is the state-of-the art Inspire Theater. Designed to accommodate a wide variety of dynamic, idea-driven speaking and performance events, this theater was perfect for this small-scale production. We want to thank all the staff at INSPIRE for their amazing service throughout the event! Tech Cocktail Celebrate’s agenda offered …

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Learning Lessons – Teamwork, Wineries, and AV

Because I started my post-college event planning career five years before joining Reinventing Events, and obtaining my CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) accreditation, I certainly felt I had a good handle on planning events. Which is my first point, planning in general, is ALWAYS an ongoing learning process. Even with a repeat meeting, a new problem, solution or realization always comes up. Therefore, I’ve included a shortlist of the most impactful learning lessons that I’ve experienced from this past year working for Reinventing Events. Part of a team The biggest change for me was not being the sole planner of a meeting anymore. …

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Engine Yard Distill 2014: The Essence of Development

Reinventing Events had the pleasure of producing for the second year, Engine Yard Distill, a two day, multi-track conference for people who create and build web and mobile technology. Distill attendees heard the latest ideas from a list of illustrious speakers, network with a vibrant group and be on the vanguard of web and mobile technology development. This year’s event took place in the Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, previously known as the Exploratorium. With the all the playful laboratory items removed, Engine Yard had a blank canvas to work with. In fact, they even had a muralist, Candace …

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A Nerdy Chic Wedding that was Out of This World

Vibrant, modern and packed with nerdy personality, this Bay Area wedding was out of this world. Reinventing Events had the pleasure of producing our first wedding thanks to our friends, Dan Hsu and Christina Ha. From the unique venue, to the happy color palette, and everything in between — the day was absolutely stellar. Ever since planning my own wedding, I’ve been chomping at the bridal bit to produce one. I learned from my own adventures (and mishaps) of doing it all for my big day, that every bride needs to hire a wedding planner. From reviewing and negotiating with …

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You’re invited to EntreTrip Cancun

As entrepreneurs and small business owners, it’s hard to take time for ourselves. We work at all hours, because that’s often what’s needed to manage a successful business. And when we do make time to get away, it’s usually for only a day or two, not an extended vacation that is needed for our own good. Add the frustration of not having time to plan something and we often just end up giving up. EntreTrip is an easy way to take care of these things along with the benefit of having real conversations with others who are in the same …

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Time to Celebrate Shark Week 2014

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2014 starts on Sunday, August 10. Shark Week is an annual weeklong series of TV shows purely dedicated to sharks. This particular week is one of Reinventing Events favorite holidays! Since we happen to have such a passion for not only sharks, but event planning, we want to share our secrets on how to successfully celebrate Shark Week and all its JAWsome glory! Let’s start with the best part of celebrations, the food and drinks. The “Shark Teeth” cheese snacks, from Love the Day, would be a great item to make for your guests as it is creative and simple to put …

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