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
Join us for a group yoga session in 501 Union's main room taught by Hope Mirlis of A More Perfect Union. Nothing says ‘Love Union’ more than a heart-centered practice. Focusing on the heart chakra (anahata) and the solar plexus/belly (manipura) we will release tension in the shoulders and open across the chest and back. This yoga practice is perfect for all levels to energize the body, lift your spirits and prepare for you for a day of networking, collaboration and inspiration! Bring your own mat.
9:30 - 11:00
Check-In and Breakfast
Check-in and meet up over coffee and a breakfast spread provided by Purslane Catering. Be sure to sign up for the day's activities in the cocktail lounge!
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: Why I Believe in Community Over Competition
The case for acknowledging, befriending, and talking up your awesome competition to boost your business. Moderated by Megan Elizabeth, local Brooklyn artist and North Eastern Regional Director for Honeybook + Rising Tide Society, and featuring Kate Bancroft of Kate Alison Photo, Alison Semmler of Lifestyle Maven Events, Marina Warner, lawyer for creatives, Danielle Voisin of Lace and Scone, and Catherine Schiff of Bayith.
This panel will take place in the main room.
12:00 - 1:00
Close your laptops and join us and Fig and Pig Catering 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 Amber Gress Photography associate photographer Shannon!
MG Hair & Make-Up will be available to provide touch-ups in advance. Sign up for both services onsite.
1:00 - 3:00
Crafternoon with Megan Elizabeth of Art by Megan
Learn to paint an "abstract ocean" with local Brooklyn Artist and Rising Tide Society leader, Megan Elizabeth of Art by Megan. Painting together will be a great way to unwind, relax and enjoy a moment of tech-free fun. Sign-up is closed, we are at capacity
2:00 - 4:00
Smaller breakout sessions held in the cocktail lounge.
Tuesday's Small Talks Include:
2:00 - 2:30
Find Your Dream Interns with Michelle Bablo
A creative brainstorming session that will prepare you to finally make your intern dreams come true. Tips, strategies & some practical suggestions for how to hire, fire or kickstart internship program.
2:30 - 3:00
Elaina Royter-Luparello of Cirque Central
Cirque Central specializes in elevating events with live, unique enhancements. Ranging from aerial champagne service to living decor and food displays to ambient "Cirque du Soleil" style acrobats and fully choreographed acts for the event industry. Elaina Royter-Luparello is the founder and artistic director. Training and performing throughout the US and Internationally, Elaina has created a network of extraordinary performers and event professionals from all over the world.
3:00 - 3:30
Jess Levin Conroy, Founder of Carats & Cake
Jess Levin Conroy, founder of Carats & Cake, will share insights on what she’s learned since launching in 2013.
3:30 - 4:00
Inclusivity in Your Wedding Business with Burgundy Fox Founder Leslie Wong
Join Leslie Wong, the Founder of Burgundy Fox ( a badass subscription lingerie for real bodies) and Rising Tide Society Creative Council Member, for an open talk about inclusivity in your business. As small business marketers, we have an opportunity to turn a tide using our own platforms. We'll openly discuss how we think of inclusivity in weddings, the messages we want to intentionally send, and the risks and opportunities of marketing inclusive messages and images. Come share your experiences, ask questions, form collaborations and learn!
Snack Attack! Sponsored by Four & Twenty Blackbirds
5:00 - 6:00
Happy Hour Field Trip
We'll cross the canal together to take a visit to the Gowanus Souvenir Shop, where owner Ute will greet us with champagne and give us the rundown on all of their goodies, including her personalized wedding favors.