When a suspicious package forced SeaTac International Airport to shut down for a few hours May 6, SHW Event Manager Natalee Giamalis was prepping for the arrival of 95 guests to the airport on their way to Seattle for a program. The blueprint for a seamless experience has myriad unseen details and redundancies that are considered and organized – and hopefully never used. How do event planners like Natalee do it? Here are her top tips.
SHW SVP, Event Services Lorie Thomas’ love of travel has taken her places where food is a luxury. That stark world view has sharpened her determination to make a difference in how she does business every day, with sustainability and the customer in mind. Here, she lays out the top 10 ways you can reduce food waste to green, and save some green too.
Since the #MeToo movement began gaining momentum in October, people from all professions have shared stories of workplace harassment. Six months later, the topic is still top of mind, showing how far the issue reached. The events industry is no excpetion.
A lot goes into selecting the perfect meeting space. From location to style to contract clauses, knowing what details to look out can make or break the success of your next event. Here are the top 10 things we look for when looking at venues, from SHW's Senior Manager for Site Sourcing, Registration & Housing, Cheryl Barnet.
In our new, regular blog series, we’re helping you ditch the tourist traps and creating our own “unconventional” travel guide for one of the cities that we visited that month. We’re including our five favorite tips, tricks, restaurants, and more, that we discovered while onsite. In our inaugural post, we travelled to Sunny San Diego.
The idea of virtual reality isn’t entirely new; immersive flight simulators were used to train pilots as early as 1929. Now VR is becoming more accessible—and super popular. Here are three technologies, both up-and-coming and available now, that will make for an awesome event experience.
Adding charitable elements to your event is a great and easy way to pay it forward in the community where you hold your event.And while it can help engage your attendees and benefit your event overall, it can also make a positive impression on the community you’re visiting.
Why settle for just sitting around a table when you’re out with friends? These days, it’s getting easier to find a pub that’s more than talking and drinking. It makes sense too that this trend is getting so big. Americans spend more now on live experiences than they did in 1987, according to one study.
There’s a lot of moving parts that go into hosting holiday gatherings. There’s the food, music, drinks – and of course making sure everyone has a good time. Festive cocktails don’t have to be an extra thing on your plate that takes away time with family and friends.
The holiday season is coming up quickly, and there’s a lot of pressure to host a great party. You don’t have to stress though-- there’s still time to plan a holiday party that people will be talking about for years with some helpful tips from the pros here at SHW.
SHW partnered with TEDxSeattle for the first time this year because as event planners, we understand the power of an event when it’s done well. In fact, science proves that well-crafted events can alter our brain chemistry.
SHW partnered with TEDxSeattle for the first time this year. Our Senior Vice President for Event Services, Lorie Thomas, recognizes the shared values the volunteer group has with our team: passion and hard work. In our 39 years as a company, we’ve seen it over and over: that Passion + Hard Work = Magic.
On November 18, 2017 TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall for an event that aims to spark thoughtful discussion and build community. This year, SHW is proud to partner with TEDxSeattle in support of our mutual value of bringing people together.
Fall is the busiest season for travel, and the busiest for corporate events. So our team has some tried and true tips for the travel season. We hope you find they will help you get you where you’re going with a little less stress.
So you’re planning your first big event, and you need a room block. Like all contract negotiations, negotiating the best terms you can get takes a lot of finessing, so here are some of our tips so that you come out on top.
When you’re planning a big event, finding sponsorships can be one of the most daunting tasks. Whether it’s a local food festival or an international conference, having a fantastic lineup of sponsors can offer a lot of benefits.
Maggie was the inspiration for our office dog policy. It’s now an important part of our company culture for employees to bring their dogs to work, and it’s a rare day when there isn’t a dog in the house. She will be missed ...
Summer 2017 is in full swing, and with the beautiful weather, it’s the perfect time to spend some time outdoors – even if that’s just grabbing a drink and enjoying a nice view. Here are some of our favorite rooftop spots ...