The Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PAMPI) held its monthly meeting on January 21 at the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. There were a little over 90 people in attendance at this networking event, which invited industry executives to greet, meet and eat while making new friends.
If destination spas have you thinking girlfriend getaways or mother-daughter retreats, it’s time to put down the mouse and pick up the chakra bowl. Destination spas, with their contemplative ambiance and tucked-away setting, are perfect for smaller groups that want to really get away from it all and get to know one another better. “We are ideal for groups who want to concentrate on their goals,” says Brooke Jennings Roe, director of marketing and public relations at The Lodge at Woodloch. Pennsylvania just so happens to be home to several award-winning spas.
Once a formidable industrial and manufacturing powerhouse, today the Lehigh Valley region is known for its considerable charm, and its downtowns are fi lled with excitement and family fun. One can learn about the American Revolution, attend a minor league baseball game (go IronPigs!) or visit the popular family-friendly Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. It’s also a great place to plan your next meeting or event.
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Erica Peitler was a bit of a wonder drug for the pharmaceutical industry. “Captivated by how drugs work,” Peitler began her career as a pharmacist before transitioning to marketing and brand management roles at several pharmaceutical giants. While she seamlessly ran multimillion-dollar divisions, Peitler was especially known for her ability as a transformational change agent. She was the one to bring in when a company or division was veering off course.
Do images of flavorless tofu and bean sprouts come to mind when you hear the words “vegetarian food”? As recently as five or 10 years ago, it was difficult for anyone embracing an animal-free diet to find restaurants that would accommodate their tastes and preferences. Things have changed; today’s health conscious diners can enjoy some of the most creative and surprising cooking throughout the entire state. According to Andrea Kyan from Philadelphia’s P. S.
Collectors and avid supporters of the arts, homeowners Tim and Millena Coffey graciously open the doors of their historic home to host events from large fundraisers for the James A. Michener Art Museum to intimate luncheons for the Friends of the Delaware Canal.
Three organizations celebrated the holiday season in style at the brand-new Terrace in Paramus. The event brought together members of ISES NJ North, MPI NJ and NACE NJ for a fantastic event that included live music and entertainment including a walking dessert table! It was a fun evening of networking and socializing with industry colleagues from across the state.
A little bit of creativity can work a brand of magic that’s especially powerful in the world of meetings and events. It has the power to turn challenges into triumphs and transform the same old into something special, conjuring a sense of delight among everyone involved. To pull off a good show, the magic words are “do what you love.” In the pages that follow, five industry professionals share their trade secrets.
White Dog Cafe, an iconic restaurant, first opened in Philadelphia’s University City over 30 years ago as a leader in using environmentally sustainable, organic and local foods from farms within 50 miles. Known for warm hospitality and inspiring, award-winning food, White Dog’s historic three brownstones were recently renovated, offering charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork in the many unique dining spaces and outdoor patio. The intimate dining rooms seat from 10 to 55 guests and offer a wonderful option for group dining.