Monday, November 30, 2015

Janet: Inspired by a Visit to Las Vegas

What happened in Las Vegas will not stay there!

Janet just returned from a truly just for fun, no-work-at-all trip with her Chicago Posse of Girlfriends to Sin City.

Having a chance to just enjoy Las Vegas, Janet came home inspired and full of ideas for event productions!

 What a difference the purpose makes!
We usually travel to Las Vegas for work and get to see the venue and our hotel room.
This time, I actually got to see new places, eat in new-to-me restaurants and attend a show just because it's a big hit.
All four of us loved Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace.
I also won a whopping $66.25 at the Wynn!

Most of all, I came home very inspired by Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque de Soleil!

His 80s hits still get guests on the dance floor at any event but Cirque de Soleil's extravaganza offers so much more!
It's 90 minutes of non-stop, jaw dropping, innovative, absolutely world best entertainment that encompasses updated musical arrangements, smart use of Michael Jackson videos as part of the story line, spine-tingling acrobatics and aerials, flawless choreography and dance and incredibly creative use of event technology.
LED costumes, special effects, innovative lighting, holograms, mixed media projections all add to the energy of the show - I regret that I never had the chance to attend a live Michael Jackson concert but ONE is inspiring.

Furthermore CdS designed the hall for a totally immersive experience, down to the individual stereo speakers in each seat. You are surrounded by a musical and visual feast that will have you on your feet!

I came back thinking about all these elements and how we can adapt them to the corporate event world.

Have a look at ONE.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Wishing You a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Considering the sad state of the world at this time, we are especially grateful for a chance to retreat to the comforts of our homes for the holiday and hopefully we all get a chance to spend it with our loved ones.

We really felt the need for a good laugh and found this gem from SNL - an irreverent and funny take on daughters coming home.

 Yes, we love to spoil our kids!

Wishing you ALL a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Back from Sochi, Russia - the ВЕДОМОСТИ-­‐КОНФЕРЕНЦИИ Report

I just returned from attending my first Event Show in Sochi, Russia.

EVENT SHOW 2015 - RENOVATION spanned several days of meetings with participants from around the world.

Nearly 7000 miles each way and well over 40 hours in round-trip flights were truly worth it!

Here is my report:
First, a big Thank You to my Facebook friends who followed my Russian Adventure this past month – and a big shout –out and credit to Cindy Y. Lo for all those incredible photos and posts!  Thank you!

What an amazing opportunity!  A business trip to beautiful Sochi and a side trip with Cindy to Moscow since we were "so close" after the three day conference.

I am grateful to the organizers of EVENT SHOW 2015 and our liaison, Anastasia Abramova, for the invitation to present "Best Cases" on behalf of EventWorks.

One of the highlights was the opportunity to meet so many inspiring event industry colleagues from so many varied backgrounds. The conference was truly global and the chance to mix and mingle resulted in a real learning experience for all of us.

Coming from the land of the Space Shuttle, Google, Facebook and Apple,
I figured that we Californians had the technological future wired into our collective state-based DNA.  After all, we regularly apply advanced technology in our productions!

I was amazed, however, to see what the rest of the world is doing with technology! Events around the world have gone hi-tech and Californians aren't the only ones proposing futuristic ideas.

The biggest impression for me was how much we all deal with the same issues no matter what kind of event one is producing.  We all encounter the same challenges and must have the same passion to solve problems and deliver a wonderful event.
Seminars focused on the importance of corporate branding and how we get inspired.
One colleague has spent 18 years working in the Middle East and his report on cultural differences and sensitivity was a real eye-opener!

No matter the country, the culture, or the language, people everywhere have the same basic emotional needs that must be satisfied if you wish to deliver a successful event.
This is just another affirmation that we are really all just one.

It was great to realize that we are not bound by cultural or geographic boundaries but quite able and free to work anywhere

I have made new friends and promise I will attempt to be better about staying in touch via social media!

Warm regards,


Oh so different, yet so familiar: Babushkas and Vodka, Krispy Kreme and Apple stores in Moscow.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Entertainment Report: Jay Leno!

Two birds with one stone:
1) We had the pleasure of working with the former Tonight Show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno
2) for a really good cause: one of Orange County, California's longest running charitable events, the annual St. Joseph Foundation's Celebration 2015.

Location: the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Date: Saturday, October 17th.
Guest Count: 520 seated dinner guests.

As you know Ted Bowers and Jay Leno share their love of classic automobiles and had worked together in the past.

Ted: "Jay Leno is well known for his big heart for charitable causes. He often donates time and effort to the Make-a-Wish organization and he supports several health and children related causes. So it seemed natural to approach him for the St. Joseph Foundation's Celebration 2015.

He really delivered - above and beyond! He entertained the guests with his 60-minute stand-up show and continued on to enhance the live auction until late into the evening.

The foundation had an award-winning professional auctioneer. Jay stepped in and worked in tandem with the auctioneer to help increase the bidding and excitement.

He did not stop there!
Jay also auctioned off private tours of his famous car collection at his Big Dog Garage, now shown on CNBC on Wednesdays at 10pm.
Jay kept pushing the donation level up, good-naturedly pressuring the guests to raise their hands. Jay's generous gesture raised an unexpected, large 5-figure amount!

We always love to work for this good cause.
This year, St. Joseph Foundation's Celebration benefited the St. Joseph Hospital Innovating for a Healthier Community campaign. The funds will be applied to the St. Joseph Hospital PET/CT purchase. More than a machine, this is peace of mind. One of only two of its kind anywhere in the United States, it combines CT X-ray scans with positron-emitting nuclear medicine scans to produce images of unparalleled detail.

We are grateful to Jay Leno for bringing in 100% commitment to entertaining the guests and supporting the cause!"

We have had the honor of providing design and technical production for the St. Joseph Foundation Celebration for many years.
Each year, we have the pleasure of working with celebrities who are giving their best.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such a worthwhile cause.

Warm regards,


Warm regards,