Category Archives: Conferences

CASE STUDY: Philanthropic Event for Pharmaceutical Company Multi Focus Event for 1,200 people

This pharmaceutical company wanted to provide a meaningful charitable team event for 1,200 attendees during their National Sales Meeting. The event would support the client’s larger overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and annual day of service, benefiting local non-profit organizations in the Las Vegas area where the meeting was taking place.

Corporate Event Interactive sourced four charities in the Las Vegas area, identified their needs, purchased all supplies and executed a three hour CSR program for 1,200 attendee volunteers. Guests were welcomed to the event with a musical performance by the children from two of the school choirs in the Clark County School District. When the children finished, participants were divided into four teams to build, assemble, and create requested donation items for four charities, including:

Creating stuffed animals for children at St Jude’s Ranch

St. Jude’s Ranch, a community of homes for abused and neglected children ranging in ages from 5 years to 17 years old. Teams built and decorated a toy box for each home on the ranch and filled them with items that the children had on their wish lists, from skateboards to art supplies to board games. Team members stuffed and dressed plush animals for each child to accompany their toys while others built bicycles, tricycles and wagons for the children. A final group of participants helped the St Jude’s Ranch staff create decorations for their holiday fundraiser. Items included large candy canes, decorated trees and jumbo lollipops.

Making bicycles for Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada – With an increase in single-parent families and families with two working parents, a growing number of children turn to the Boys & Girls Club for after school activities. Participants assembled 50 bicycles, tricycles and wagons in addition to 20 pieces of furniture, including sports benches and storage boxes, for the children to use at the club. Participants also created 100 story time kits, which included books, handmade book marks and stuffed plush animals.

Adding Notes of Encouragement for Clark County School District Students’ Backpacks

Clark County School District has the task of preparing children for the future in an ever-changing and demanding world with shrinking budgets and cuts in funding. Over 11,000 students in the CCSD also have the challenge of being homeless. Purchasing necessary school supplies places an added stress on these families already in need. Participants created assembly lines and packed 360 student backpacks filled with school supplies. They also made 240 teacher kits and 100 story time kits that included classic books, handmade book marks, and novelty pillows. Participants also put together 150 solar car kits used to teach robotics and engineering lessons. Last, but not least, team members painted murals on pre-drawn canvases to beautify the walls of the schools.

Activity kits for NCCF

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation improves the quality of life for critically ill children and their families. Participants created care packages for the patients and their siblings who were to attend Camp Cartwheel, a fun-filled 3 day camp where kids could take a break from their illness and have fun with their siblings. Teams decorated and filled summer swag bags with items needed for the camp such as sunscreen and sunglasses. Others made family care packages filled with activities such as games and puzzles to keep family members occupied during visits to the hospital. The last group of participants created 300 story time kits which included classic books, decorated book marks, stuffed plush animals and novelty pillows.

At the end of the event, donation items and gifts were presented in a surprise reveal to each benefiting charity. Representatives and children addressed the company volunteers to say thank you and accept the donations. A special thank you gift made by the children at St. Jude’s Ranch was presented to the company’s Senior Leadership eliciting tears of joy and gratitude.

These four organizations, St. Jude’s Ranch, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District received a total of 1,932 donation items. Each item was presented with a handwritten message crafted by the volunteers who had built, assembled and packed each donation item. While the charities received much needed donations for their organizations, participants left the event with a sense of accomplishment and pride in the social responsibility commitment of their company. The CSR event was a fantastic way to end the company’s week long National Sales Meeting conference and send colleagues home having made a significant contribution to the local Las Vegas community.

For more Information, please contact:
Corporate Event Interactive, Inc. or 312-540-1000

Mobile Room Escapes For Any Size Group

Trapped in the Tropics Greeters

Mobile Room Escape
Room escapes are popping up all over the US and becoming a popular twist on the traditional team building exercise. A typical room escape involves a small group of people literally locked in a room. In order to get out, they must find clues and solve puzzles to locate the hidden key within a set period of time. These challenges are excellent team building opportunities because everyone has a chance to contribute at different levels to solve riddles, put puzzles together or flip over chairs to find the way to escape!

Corporate Event Interactive has developed a mobile room escape concept on a much larger scale for our clients with up to 300 participants! Instead of escaping a room, our adventure has your team escaping an island. Trapped in the Tropics involves a series of islands (aka tables) each with its own set of clues, puzzles and locked treasure chests to keep every team member engaged.

Trapped in the Tropics Cabana

No phones or electronic devices maybe used to solve the clues. Teams work together to escape the island. This program offers a variety of puzzles and an opportunity to see who takes the lead as captain on certain puzzles and who jumps in on others. Our staff is available to help keep teams on track. After all, we don’t want to leave anyone stranded.

Titanic Panic

Photo Credit: Titanic by Jeffrey via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Our second room escape concept has an ocean theme. Titanic Panic is based on facts from the historic tragedy of 1912 when the great ocean liner hit an iceberg and sunk into the North Atlantic Ocean. Participants are assigned roles based on the actual passenger list from the Titanic. How your team collaborates can determine if you sink or swim!

History buffs especially enjoy the attention to detail this activity offers, though anyone who likes solving clues will appreciate the experience. Many of the activities happen simultaneously so teams divide and conquer the puzzles as they are presented. Everyone stays engaged which makes this unique team building activity particularly successful. As one treasure box code is cracked, a smaller one is found along with a new challenge. Teams continue to problem solve until they open the final chest or the clock runs out of time!

If you are looking for a new idea for your next team building experience, gather a hundred or so of your colleagues and join us for a room escape like you have never experienced before!

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Corporate Event Interactive

14 Conference And Event Trends That Will Shape The Next Decade

by Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw

What do the next ten years have in store for conference and event organizers? Plenty.

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As 2010 comes to a close, many conference and event professionals have been looking ahead to the 2011. Here’s a look into 2011 and the next decade.

1. Increased complexity and volatility as change is the constant and uncertainty its response.

The successful will be able to navigate rapidly changing times with increased flexibility. The ability to be nimble and make quick midcourse corrections will be highly prized and valued.
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10 Tips to NOT Energize Your Next Meeting

by Ed Graziano, Corporate Event Interactive

If you are a business professional you more than likely have attended a wide variety of business related meetings and events and I expect you will have many of the same observances that I have listed below, so please feel free to share.

If you want to bore your audiences and ensure a minimum retention of program content at your next meeting please consider the following…

1.) Cram as much content into the meeting as possible. Limit breaks and social opportunities and be sure to cover everything in the limited amount of time a meeting lasts.

2.) Never change your presenters, trainers or facilitators from meeting to meeting. Once you have people who your audience likes, never offer professionals with different perspectives or presentation styles as they might not be received well by your group.

3.) Don’t take risks. If your venue contact, meeting planner or meeting content professional offers some unique but different ideas it is always best to state “our group won’t go for that.”

4.) Consider meeting rooms with no windows or access to outside as the outdoors is just a potential big distraction to the learning process.

5.) Never consider adding an interactive experience or networking opportunity that might reinforce the learning from the meeting itself. Nobody likes to have a little fun when they get together at a meeting and certainly if people are having fun they cannot be learning as well.

6.) Always try to top the last meeting. Don’t worry about cost or that the last meeting was very productive, just focus on making this one bigger and showier.

7.) Never involve participants in the learning process at a meeting. Stay with the traditional “data dump” from speaker to audience as who knows what the audience might say, contribute or do during a presentation or workshop.

8.) Stay away from technology. Technology is scary and not everyone is familiar with the newest trends, applications and gadgets. And certainly there is not enough time or budget to offer “tech” training or rentals as needed.

9.) Don’t mix up your meeting guests so they have opportunities to meet others at the meeting. Let people stay in cliques as they will be more comfortable and enjoy the meeting more.

10.) When planning a meeting only consider the ideas of top management. Don’t bother to survey your audience as top management certainly knows best what the meeting content and design should be.

I am sure you have many other ideas on how to make a meeting as boring/unproductive as possible. Please take a moment and share your ideas below!

Meeting Planning: Troubleshooting the Corporate Meeting

by Anne Thornley-Brown, Executive Oasis International

Building a Better Business Meeting

Summary: A volume of research is available about the best strategies to engage adult learners. In spite of this, at corporate meetings and during sales rallies, companies continue to subject employees to a series of long, boring presentations delivered by “talking heads”. It’s a dreary and tedious pattern of passive disengagement. There is a better way.

A Broken Business Meeting Model

Our team building firm regularly gets requests from companies that initially request a full day of interactive team building. This is doable with a very short simulation and very specific outcomes but it’s a very tight timeframe. Typically, this time slot is then reduced to 1/2 a day and, ultimately, watered down to a request for a 1 or 2 hour strictly recreational activity after dinner that is, ultimately, awarded to the lowest cost provider. The meeting actually ends up being a series of dry presentations (back to back information dumps). By the time the participants get to dinner, they are exhausted and in bad humour. This pattern has been emerging in Toronto for some time now. We notice that it is also starting to happen with prospective clients in Asia and Dubai. Colleauges in the USA have confirmed that they are seeing a similar pattern. Why is this happening? Companies have indicated that there ends up being way too much content to cover. Continue reading