Microsoft Chief Security Officer Council
Twice a year, over the course of two days, 30 Chief Security Officers gather for a series of experiences and strategic conversations focused on best practices, new technologies, operations and topical industry trends.
Since CSO Council began in 2001, Microsoft has chosen SHW as their trusted partner to plan and flawlessly execute this collaborative and highly imperative global security event. While the Microsoft buisness owners have changed through the years, SHW’s strategic meeting management services have provided critical business continuity and internal knowledge transfer. The result is as the event continues to evolve and improve, SHW has been able to reduce fees through leveraging the efficiencies attained by managing repeat programs.
SHW’s objective is to develop long-term partnerships that build event efficiency, saving executive time and reducing event management fees.
American Legends at EMP Museum
Why settle for 15-minutes of fame, when guests can spend an entire evening getting the star treatment? SHW’s event specialists were inspired when Electric Power Research Institute came to us for their event planning opportunity.
The evening began at the Bellevue Hyatt, where guests were greeted by lavishly dressed models and presented their VIP Stage Pass granting access to the party of a lifetime. Guests boarded motorcoaches and were escorted in style to EMP Museum. Upon arrival, the paparazzi and other media personalities lined the red carpet as guests entered the soiree like stars.
Once inside guests joined a lively cocktail hour and mingled with costumed look-a-likes, from “Legends” like Judy Garland and Elvis Presley to Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga. Sips and snacks were provided as the pre-dinner treats while DJ Don spun tunes through the decades.
When the time was right, the high-energy Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Joyce, announced dinnertime. When he did, Kevin lifted the floor-to-ceiling curtains to reveal a stunning setting with silver linen adorned tables glistening in the lights of the ice-carved crystal lanterns. Guests were escorted to their tables by the Legends as they began their delectable three-course dinner service.
The entertainment continued through dinner with movie clips playing on an 80-foot tall high-definition screen as DJ Don accompanied the clips with music from the 40’s to the 80’s. Attendees enjoyed performances from celebrity look-a-likes, including: a tap dance from Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe accompanied by flying aerialists, and Lady Gaga singing "Poker Face".
Following dinner Joyce announced the swingin’ local band High Street. Guests danced, enjoyed lively music and got a commemorative Rolling Stone cover photo.
“Please share my gratitude with the entertainers – Charlie Chaplin was brilliant! As were each of the entertainers!
I couldn’t take my eyes off the tap dancer, and people are still commenting on the Marilyns and Lady Gaga – enough said – they loved her!
Anyway, thanks for a great evening – you truly made me look like a hero!” –
Jennifer Kern, Senior Meeting Planner at Electric Power Research Institute