HELEN MILLS Team

Welcome Jessica!

We are excited to welcome Jessica Stucke to our HELEN MILLS team! As our new Event Sales & Operations Coordinator, she will be helping in all aspects of our events from beginning to end.  Jessica has an extensive events background that has included working within the winery, restaurant, and floral industries in California. She is looking forward to contributing to the lively events scene in New York City! 

Here's a quick interview with Jessica:

o  Hometown? San Mateo, California.

o   Favorite place in the neighborhood? Shake Shack (But it’s still 2nd place to In-N-Out, sorry!)

o   What is at the top of your personal bucket list? To find and take a fabulous selfie with the new Netflix ‘Queer Eye’ cast.

o   What do you love most about events / planning events? I love being surprised by each event’s creativity and purpose – it’s always uplifting to see people come together for a shared passion or cause.

o   Favorite swag item? I can never have enough Tote Bags!

o   Favorite event décor? String lights or as I like to professionally call them behind the scenes: “fairy twinkle lights”.

o   Favorite cocktail? I’ll gladly sip anything with gin and mint/cucumber – bartender’s choice!
 

Jessica Stucke

Jessica Stucke

VenueConnect 2017

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What is VenueConnect?

VenueConnect is an annual conference put on by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). It hosts professionals from a variety of public assembly venues including arenas, convention centers, stadiums, universities, and more. Its goal is to inspire industry leaders, provide targeted education, and bring attendees together to create lifelong relationships.

Tell us about the scholarship you received.

I was honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship for Industry Women in Convention Centers. The scholarship allowed me to attend the conference, where I joined other amazing young professionals also selected for scholarships. IAVM's commitment to helping grow industry leaders is very inspiring.

What was your favorite part of the event?

Being surrounded by 2,000+ like-minded attendees, all of whom were excited to dive into different aspects of event venues. It was truly inspiring to meet folks not only from around the country, but from other countries, as well. We shared best practices, tips, and horror stories from our time in events.

Oh, I can't forget to mention how stunning Music City Center is. It was truly one of the most beautiful, inspiring facilities I've ever visited.

What's the best lesson you learned?

You can never rest on your laurels. There are hundreds of event facilities around the world searching for the next big thing, whether that be in catering, audio/visual tech, or customer service. You should always strive to better not only your business, but yourself.

Who was the most inspiring speaker?

I attended a panel titled, "Women in Leadership", which included three amazing women in the industry: Jeanie Buss, CEO & Governor of the LA Lakers; Donna Julia, Sr. VP of Arena & Events Operations, and General Manager of the North Carolina Hornets; Kim Stone, Executive VP of the Miami Heat, and GM of American Airlines Arena. They discussed the status of women in positions of leadership, their advice to others pursuing positions in these large venues, and anecdotes from their professional lives.

What did you like most about Nashville?

Nashville is nicknamed the Music City for a reason! Everywhere we went in both the convention center and downtown had live bands performing their favorite country tunes; some bars even had a different band on each floor! I'm the first to admit that country isn't my favorite genre of music; however, it was impossible to not get swept up when a classic Garth Brooks jam would start.

Who were you most excited to see?

Eight of my former coworkers from Georgia attended the conference, so it served as a mini-reunion. Outside of sessions, I spent all of my time with them. It really ingrained how small this industry is, and how every relationship you form matters. Through them, I met new connections and gained confidence to introduce myself to strangers.

What was a fun surprise you encountered?

The keynote speaker was Charles Esten, an actor a lot of people know right now for his role as Deacon on the CMT show "Nashville." I know Charles as Chip from his days performing on Whose Line is it Anyways?" I ran into him on the trade show floor and got to tell him that I grew up laughing from his improv skills on TV. He was incredibly gracious and never stopped smiling, despite having spent the past hour greeting other fans. He grabbed my phone and snapped a quick selfie (he's a professional selfie taker at this point in his career) which is the photo at the start of this post. It was a fun encounter.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Happy Monday, everyone!

As you may have heard, today we experienced the first solar eclipse in the USA in over 8 years. The HELEN MILLS team celebrated with a trip to the roof, where we made friends with other building tenants, gazed over the New York City skyline, and watched in awe as the moon cast a shadow across our sun.

 

We made pinhole projectors out of recycled boxes, as suggested by  NASA .  All we needed was a cardboard box, aluminum foil, tape, and a needle to prick a hole.

We made pinhole projectors out of recycled boxes, as suggested by NASA.  All we needed was a cardboard box, aluminum foil, tape, and a needle to prick a hole.

If you were wondering, Kashi makes the best eclipse viewer boxes.

If you were wondering, Kashi makes the best eclipse viewer boxes.

We made friends with so many other tenants in our building! They shared their eclipse glasses with us, and in turn we showed them how to use our homemade viewer boxes. 

We made friends with so many other tenants in our building! They shared their eclipse glasses with us, and in turn we showed them how to use our homemade viewer boxes. 

Can you spot the eclipse shadow?

Can you spot the eclipse shadow?

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We've already marked our calendars for the next eclipse in 2024!

Guest Post: ThetaHealingNYC Workshop at HELEN MILLS

Guest Author: Tara Greenway, Master ThetaHealer and Co-Founder at ThetaHealingNYC

ThetaHealingNYC, a healing center and ThetaHealing school located around the corner from HELEN MILLS at Broadway and 26th Street, hosted the founder of ThetaHealing, Vianna Stibal, for an intensive six-day workshop. Ninety participants came from across the country and around the world, and the strength, drama and humor of Vianna's teaching could be felt in the rapt attention of every student -- the only sound while Vianna spoke (besides lots of laughter at her many stories) was the murmur of the interpreters as they translated her words.

ThetaHealingNYC hosted Vianna Stibal’s Basic and Advanced DNA Instructors classes at the HELEN MILLS Event Space. Photo Credit: Life in Bleau

ThetaHealingNYC hosted Vianna Stibal’s Basic and Advanced DNA Instructors classes at the HELEN MILLS Event Space. Photo Credit: Life in Bleau

Vianna Stibal, who founded this mind/body healing technique about twenty years ago, is the author of five Hay House books about healing. ThetaHealing is a popular and rapidly-growing technique that now has certified schools in over a dozen countries and practitioners in over a hundred countries. ThetaHealingNYC, founded two years ago, is the first ThetaHealing school on the East coast of the U.S. 

ThetaHealingNYC hosted Vianna Stibal’s Basic and Advanced DNA Instructors classes at the HELEN MILLS Event Space. Photo Credit: Life in Bleau

ThetaHealingNYC hosted Vianna Stibal’s Basic and Advanced DNA Instructors classes at the HELEN MILLS Event Space. Photo Credit: Life in Bleau

The workshop was an in-depth training about ThetaHealing, a technique that utilizes the theta brainwave to create permanent change on the cellular level, which transforms people's lives emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Besides the lectures, there were many hands-on break-out sessions, in which students worked on each other to put into practice what they had just been taught. At breaks, organic tea and coffee was served, and many crystals, supplements, and oils as well as organic cotton and hemp "I Theta NY" t-shirts were offered for sale. 

The event featured a Tea Station by MissTea for guests as well as merchandise for purchase. Photo Credit: Life in Bleau

The event featured a Tea Station by MissTea for guests as well as merchandise for purchase. Photo Credit: Life in Bleau

Participants expressed how much they loved the workshop, the space, and the city of New York, and Vianna hopes to return to teach more workshops as soon as she can fit NYC back in to her busy speaking schedule.

About ThetaHealingNYC: Individual healing sessions and ThetaHealing classes are available at ThetaHealingNYC; to learn more go to thetahealingnyc.com or email info@thetahealingnyc.com

About the Photographer: Elyza Bleau takes her whimsical and riotous nature and blends it with her talents of putting people at ease to blend art and real life for Life in Bleau. She loves capturing moments in time and bringing out the true essence of a person.  See more at lifeinbleau.com, Facebook, or Instagram.

Looking to Host a Workshop? Contact Us to learn more about HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater or check out our Photo Galleries.

New Look, New Year - to a Great 2015!

2014 was a great year in events - we saw everything from a moving ballet performance to tech conferences to fierce fashion shows and everything in between. Along with our clients' launches, we launched a number of projects to help make our clients' experiences and events better than ever. Here are a few we're really excited about:

If you'd like to receive new tips & photos of inspirational events, let us know and we'll keep you in the loop.

Cheers TO A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HELEN MILLS Team

HELEN MILLS Team

Having Trouble Choosing a Venue for your Next Meeting? Take These Steps.

Essential Steps for Choosing the Right Meeting Venue

As someone organizing a meeting or conference in NYC, your plate is likely already full. Of all the intricate details you need to be aware of as you plan your company’s (or client’s) next event, there are few considerations as important to achieving your goals as deciding on your venue.

The following steps will help ensure the event venue you select will be able to provide you with all you want (and need) on the day of your event:

Step 1: Schedule a Site Visit While pictures speak a thousand words and brochures of event venues list details, nothing can substitute for personally experiencing the space firsthand. Meeting and talking with the person who will be helping you plan and execute your event is essential as you’ll get a taste for their depth of knowledge about their venue and offerings. Take your time walking through the space and pay attention to small details that might have an impact on how you host your event in the space.

Ask yourself or the venue contact the following questions:

  • Is the venue aesthetically pleasing? Is it welcoming?

  • Will the space accommodate the different types of groups or team sessions you are planning?

  • Is there a stage or a place for a platform for speaker(s) or a panel?

  • Can the furniture be moved or re-configured?

  • Is there sufficient and varied lighting?

  • Is the available furniture well maintained?

  • Are there signage opportunities?

  • Where are the restrooms? Are they sufficiently large for your guest count?

  • Is it easy to load things in and out of the venue and for guests to enter and exit?

  • Will the trip to the venue will be convenient for the event attendees?

Step 2: Inquire about Technology at the Venue Whether it’s a meeting, cocktail reception, seminar, or product launch you are planning, make sure the event venue has all the technology you’ll need or if you’ll need to supply your own. Simply asking the Venue salesperson is not always enough, you may also want to ask for a list of tech equipment the venue has on hand. Do they have enough backup microphones? Do they have an electrical outlet floor plan?  If there are any questions the venue salesperson can’t answer, don’t hesitate to have them discuss with their technician to get you the information you need.

Step 3: Discuss Catering Options Catering can vary widely depending on the type of event you’re planning, your attendees, and the length of the event.  After discussing the menu you have in mind, ask the venue staff what they’d recommend based on your event details. Venue staff will have experience with what food presentation and menus have worked best in the past. In fact, most of the packages venues offer will reflect the tried and true needs and desires of clients just like you. If needed, ask whether it’s possible to have menus based on specific needs (e.g. vegetarian, kosher, vegan, etc.). Often flexibility in what a venue can offer signals that their food is made to order, and therefore fresh.

High-Tech Meetings In Style

Designed for the 21st century, features of HELEN MILLS that make it ideal for your next meeting or conference include:

  • 3 Mbps high-speed internet with the ability to have up to 250 wireless users

  • Three projectors in our event space and a brilliant 6500 lumen 1080p HD projection system in our theater accompanied by our state-of-the-art sound systems

  • Corded and cordless microphones for your presenters

  • Fully dimmable lighting to set the right ambiance including our stage lighting in the theater that will make your presenters shine like stars

  • Full catering options available from simple continental breakfasts to sit-down meals

  • Separate street-level entrances for each venue

  • Conveniently located near Midtown Manhattan, including Port Authority, Pennsylvania and Grand Central stations

Whether your plans are for a half-day press event to launch a new product, an all-day training conference, or a corporate team-building event, impress your guests in our beautiful and fully-equipped, high-tech facilities.

Book your next event at HELEN MILLS and we'll help you plan your high-tech event with ease!