Education & Innovation: Syracuse University


One of our favorite things about hosting events is watching people unite in celebration of a common passion.  So, naturally, we were thrilled to host Syracuse University’s SPOTLIGHT: INNOVATIVE INVENTIONS event, which brought together the best of New York’s alumni to highlight the school’s commitment to entrepreneurial education.

Education and innovation entrance signs

The Syracuse events team took full advantage of HELEN MILLS’ versatility by adapting the venue to suit the two functions of their event: a networking reception and a panel discussion.  With some simple branding and a creative floor plan, the event space became the perfect hub for this passionate community.

The evening began in the front of the room where attendees could get a drink from the bar and indulge in a lavish spread of hors d’oeuvres, while networking with alumni of many generations.  The modern cocktail furniture and radiant orange lighting created a comfortable environment for mingling and got everyone feeling that Syracuse pride.  Go Orange!

Guests were then ushered to the back of the space, where neat rows of theater-style seating awaited them.  An engaging panel, moderated by Syracuse Alum, Arielle Tepper, was set against a step-and-repeat, which created a crisp backdrop for the discussion.  Panelists Yev Yesilevskiy, Director of Invent@SU, and Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad, discussed the various educational programs the University offers in entrepreneurship, innovation and invention.

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The event also boasted a student showcase, which displayed some of the innovative inventions their current students had created.  The impressive collection helped spark conversation between alumni and staff as they witnessed firsthand the results of the University’s entrepreneurial efforts.

Thank you, Syracuse, for bringing such passion, talent and inspiration to HELEN MILLS!   


Catering By: Between The Bread

Signage By: Atlas Print Solutions

Content and Photography By: Brittany Moodey 

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