Each morning will start with a group activity to get our minds and bodies warmed up, followed by breakfast. The main room at 501 Union will be open every day for co-working, collaboration and networking from 10am - 4pm. We will break bread together each afternoon. Pop-up panels and workshops will be happening through the day and into the evening.
Some workshops require advance registration, noted below.
Subject to change as we continue to add programming, so be sure to check back for updates!
8:30 - 9:30
The Yoga Department leads us through a series of energizing poses to kick off the week in the main room. This will be an open-level vinyasa flow class. Options and variations of poses will be offered throughout the class to keep things simple enough for beginners as well as challenging enough for more seasoned practitioners. Class will foster a sense of community, peacefulness, openness and play. Bring your own mat!
9:30 - 10:00
Check-In and Breakfast
Check-in and meet up over coffee (and pastries provided by us!) Be sure to sign up for today's activities at check-in.
10:00 - 4:00
501's light filled main room will be set up with communal tables, cozy lounge areas and plenty of wifi so you can jam out on some projects. Or just set up all day at our puzzle table.
11:00 - 12:00
Panel: Can Feminism and Wedding Planning Co-Exist?
Wedding traditions like wearing a white dress, being "given-away," and even seating arrangements have a history that are contrary to feminism and equality. How can you balance being a wedding vendor and a feminist? Modern Rebel Co's Amy Shackelford moderates a discussion with some of the change-makers who are turning the wedding industry on its head, including photographer Chelo Keys, Holly Sheppard of Fig & Pig Catering, C.K. Alexander, Weddings Editor of Black Bride, and Liz Susong of Catalyst Wed Co.
This panel will take place in the main room.
12:00 - 1:00
Close your laptops and join us and Pig Beach in the cocktail lounge for a seated lunch. - Sign-up is closed, we are at capacity
1:00 - 4:00
Massages in the Cabana by Citywell
Relaxing and rejuvenating chair massage with customized aromatherapy to suit your needs that day.
Treat yourself! Register onsite; limited capacity.
1:00 - 4:30
Update your headshot with photographer Ana Gambuto.
MG Hair & Make-Up will also be available to provide touch-ups in advance. Sign up for both services onsite.
2:00 - 4:00
Manicures by Manicare
Reserve your spot for a mani the day-of. Nail shaping, buffing, moisturizing and polish by Essie. Located next to the Cabana.
2:00 - 4:00
We believe that everyone has something to bring to the table, so we’ll also be hosting small breakout groups in the Cocktail Lounge each afternoon. You come up with the topic you want to address, and sign up to lead a 30 minute roundtable. If you're interested in leading a roundtable, please sign up here.
Monday's Small Talks Include:
2pm - 2:30pm Joshua Brown
Succeeding and embracing your inner introvert in the rockstar obsessed world of weddings. From practical advice on the wedding day (taking time to yourself to recharge and focus!) to marketing (letting your extroverted couples speak for you in your marketing!), and a few secret tips and advice.
2:30 - 3:00
Lauren Fremont of Loli Events
As an entrepreneur (no matter how long you've been in business) you never truly know when your next big client is coming. The concept of feast or famine is a real one, but you can implement simple ways to manage your small business cash flow and make sure you are always comfortable. Lauren will talk about easy ways to set up spreadsheets for yourself so that you are budgeting properly for the year. You will know when you can put money into marketing, additional staffing and that little getaway you need. As New Yorkers it feels like we are constantly bleeding out money, so to know where and when it is coming and going, will allow you to run your business with more confidence!
3:00 - 3:30
Max Weimer, Sales Executive, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
Why is the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott the #1 supporting hotel in social room blocks? What’s the secret recipe in making this possible? What is a day like for a wedding guest checking in?
Snack Attack! Sponsored by Wild Flour NYC
3:30 - 4:30
Crafternoon with Claire Mahler: Beyond Bouquets as Centerpieces
Anticipate the trends of 2017 wedding décor with this hands-on workshop. Learn the skills to fold geometric centerpieces and explore ways to customize them for your event, focusing on paper color, texture, scale, and added accents. Materials provided. This workshop is at capacity; please sign up for wait list onsite.
5:00 - 6:00