Like a lake that feeds the rivers of charities throughout southeastern Wisconsin, the Heart of Canal Street is the signature charity effort of Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. It raised more than $1 million in 2015, benefitting 31 children’s charities. We talked with Ryan Amundson, External Communications Manager for Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, about the program and he gave us a bit of the history, “Since its inception in 1994, Heart of Canal Street has raised nearly $16 million for more than 500 children’s charities in southeastern Wisconsin.”
There’s been plenty of focus lately on Risk Management for meetings and events. Given the terror attacks around the world, Zika, and the crazy new weather patterns that come with climate change, it’s clear we need to prepare for the worst, but hope for the best, when it comes to our meetings.
Hearing new ideas can be a form of cross-training.
“Everyone wins when a leader gets better.”
Re-calibrating your flow while remaining open for growth.
I am a firm believer in ongoing development, both professionally with my career in the meetings industry as well as personally as an individual. I do my best to attend the annual Global Leadership Summit and a quote stuck with me from a session, stating “Everyone wins when a leader gets better.” The meetings industry is ever evolving as we are doing things within a world that is changing by the day, and sometimes even by the minute. After 17 years in the industry I have created processes to handle changes as they come. In the past few months I have had to re-examine some of my tried and true methods. This process has benefited me both professionally and personally, and I believe I have gotten “better.”
Whatever the occasion, there is always a beer to match according to Angela Yahne, Taproom Manager at Wooden Legs Brewing Company in Brookings, SD. With the increasing craft beer scene it may be hard to choose the right brew for you or your event. Summer is the season for Kolsch, Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Witbier, Weizen, and so much more, but when in doubt, stop by your local brewery and ask about summer beer selections or pairings.
• Planning when you’re neither an athlete nor a spectator • Do your homework • Make your event unique to stand out among the many options
Many planners get thrown a curve ball when the boss suddenly decides to throw a golf or fishing tournament into their next conference agenda. Say what? You, yes you, successful but non-athletic planner that you are, might one day be faced with this ‘foreign’ challenge, and after gathering a little background information, we’re betting you will not only rise to the occasion but knock this one out of the ballpark. Here’s a short primer course in planning any type of sporting event, even when you’re neither an athlete nor a spectator.
It doesn’t seem that foreign of a concept: remote-control, flying apparatus, camera. Not to get all Seinfeld on everyone, but what’s the deal with drones? They are a far cry from the RC helicopters that one might have toyed with in their youth but remain a mystery to most of the public. Despite some of the exposure, good or bad, that drone technology has received, the commercial product has not been given a chance by most. There is a decent culture behind drones, or as some call them Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), and there are interesting applications for them in events.
Survey to provide clear indicators of meeting trends
Flexibility of meeting space is the most important element
Increased percentage of budgets are devoted to new technologies
IACC, the former International Association of Conference Centers, has had a big year already in 2016. On the 19th of April, they unveiled a new logo and complete re-branding after identifying what the association needed to be in order to stay relevant and represent their 378 global members. Just a day later, on April 20th, IACC released their first published research under the new brand.
We have all heard the term “Active Shooter” but do you know what to do next if an incident arises? Should an incident occur, fortifying yourself and your attendees while awaiting help is essential. Remember that it is not your job to confront the Suspect or to try to ‘solve’ the problem. We are planners, not heroes. Simply follow these key safety steps until Law Enforcement arrives and takes over. When they do, get out of their way.
Gone are the days of singling out individuals with special dietary needs during event dining, and with it, the pre-packaged, less than desirable culinary fare. Imagine one meal covering multiple dietary needs.
The team at Hyatt Regency Wichita works hard to not make an individual stand out, but to highlight their skills and help the meals they produce promote an experience.