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  • Getting to Green: ISES Sustainability Forum and Marketplace

    by Celia Gannon

    On Wednesday May 18th the New York Metro Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) hosted the First Annual ISES Sustainability Forum and Marketplace at Lighthouse International. This important event served to inspire professional event planners to commit to sustainable practices, educate planners on local resources, and grow newly-established eco-guidelines into standardized special event industry policies.
    In addition to a terrific panel discussion featuring industry leaders Jill Drury (Drury Design Dynamics), Johanna Walsh (Twirl Management), Irene Hamburger (Blue Hill) and Patty Kleinberg (Queens Botanical Garden), the event included an eco-marketplace installation showcasing key vendors and eco-resources available to NYC special event professionals.

    In an effort to maximize exposure to eco-experts, the Marketplace also put the spotlight on eight trend-setters which included Kathleen Bakewell of Brook Farm Group, Alec Baxt of Farming Up, Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Company, Michael Green of Liquid Assets Consulting Group, Robert LaValva of New Amsterdam Market, Liz Neumark of Great Performances, Trish O’Sullivan of Trish O’Sullivan Design Group and Martin Paul Schreibman, Ph.D of Brooklyn College’s Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center.
    The event also introduced the Navistar all electric eStar delivery vehicle, specially designed for the urban market.
    Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Lighthouse International, Cox Printers, CrossFire Communications, BizBash, New York’s Best Musicians, Drury Design Dynamics, AFR, Navistar and Grey Sky Films.

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    Big Names & Big Talent

    ISES NY Metro is pleased to announce the 2011 Big Apple Awards honorees for Hall of Legends, CORE and new this year, Emerging Leader.

    In recognition of their leadership, exemplary achievements, and tenure in the special events industry,

    • JES Gordon, Creative Director, jesGORDON/properFUN
    • Jeff Kalpak, President, Barkley Kalpak Associates
    • Bentley Meeker, President, Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, Inc.

    were inducted into the Hall of Legends.

    They join the ranks with Marci Blum, Fern Mallis, Dick Cattani and Josh Mcall among others.

    The CORE Award (Celebrating Outstanding Results from Events) recognizes an organization that has effectively utilized special events as a vehicle to achieve its goals. This year’s honorees,

    • Macy’s Parade Entertainment Group
    • The Clinton Global Initiative

    operate on a grand scale, having made an impact that’s literally felt, around the world..

    And on this our 10th anniversary, ISES NY Metro introduces a dynamic new award– Emerging Leader and an inspiring honoree, Morgan Steele Connacher. Morgan is the Senior Project Manager with Fourth Wall Events, a bright star in high-end corporate and social events.

    The ISES New York Metro Chapter and friends celebrated these deserving honorees at the 10th Annual Big Apple Awards at The Times Center on June 30th. Each of them is a winner in every sense of the word.


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    Event leadership Institute & BizBash Offer First Maverick Series Event

    Modern Event Design: Inspiration to Completion – A New Methodology for Turning Your Client or Boss’s Vision into Reality with Sasha Souza, nationally acclaimed author, planner, and event designer.
    How do you transform your client’s vision into event reality when the client can’t quite articulate what they want? California event design Guru Sasha Souza has cracked the code, and identified 10 specific, non-event related, questions to ask your client that can give you a road map to the vision and style they want for their events.
    Join us as Sasha shares her unique methodology. In this dynamic program, you’ll learn:
    • The 10 insightful questions to ask your client, and what each question tells you about their desired style.
    • How to create Inspiration Boards for your client based on those questions and answers.
    • How to translate the Inspiration Boards into event reality.
    • The complete process through several case studies from actual events.
    • Tuesday, June 7th
    • Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
    • 420 Park Ave South @29th Street
    • 5:30 – 6:00 ISES Members Only Reception with Sasha Souza
    • 6:00 Networking & Cocktails (Ballroom)
    • 6:30 Program (Ballroom)
    • 7:30 Network Reception (Gansevoort Park Rooftop)


    • $40 Early Bird (until May 17)
    • $50 Advance Registration (May 18-June 6)
    • $60 At the door*

    *Subject to Availability, Venue Capacity is limited

    Click here for more information and to register

    We are pleased to offer our ISES NY Metro members an exciting VIP opportunity to attend an intimate meet and greet session with Sasha Souza at the Gansevoort Park Avenue prior to the official start of this event! This is a very limited opportunity only available to our valued ISES NY Metro members on a first-come, first-served basis.

    ISES Member Reception: Enter Code ISESNYC

    Not a member but want to take advantage of this fantastic benefit? It only takes 5 minutes to become a member. Just click here to join.

    Please note that only members who register to attend the full Event Leadership Institute event are eligible for the ISES members only reception. Anyone registering for this meet and greet will be verified as an ISES NY Metro member. Don’t miss out on this and other upcoming VIP opportunities only available to ISES NY Metro members!

    If you have questions about membership please reach out to Rhonda Cosaluzzo or Morgan Connacher.



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