Past Events

May 20, 2020 - Virtual Meetings Workshop

virtual meetings workshopThis week on Stay Home with SITE, our very own Past President Mandy Brown hosts us in a Virtual Meetings Workshop. Aside from former SITE Presidency and her career at Hornblower Cruises, Mandy is also a Lecturer at the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University.

Through a variety of interactive breakout sessions, we will learn about creating and executing virtual meetings along with the growing opportunity of technical needs in the meetings and events space. We will also touch base on producing engaging content for your virtual meetings as well as brainstorm ideas, resources and networking innovation.

pdfVirtual Meetings & Events Workshop Recap(735 KB)
pdfVirtual Meetings Workshop Presentation Slides(450 KB)

About: The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, is among the most personalized school of its kind in developing hospitality and tourism leaders. The program encompasses two unique fields of study: hospitality and tourism management (HTM) and recreation tourism management (RTM).

HTM is business-based in curriculum and is tailored to meet both industry needs and student expectations.

RTM is centered in social science with a strong connection to community, and has been a leading program in this field since the 1950s.

All students of both fields are required to complete internship and work experience, both domestic and internationally. For more information, visit

May 13, 2020 - The Magic in You

John George, International Champion of MagicFireFly Team Events invites us to a magical experience that only exists RIGHT NOW. A peek into an exclusive sanctuary that only a select few have been invited into. Join John George, International Champion of Magic, for an exclusive interactive performance of his award-winning magic show guaranteed to blow your minds. We’ll also partake in a learning session where John George will teach us a magic trick that we can perform at home!

About FireFly Team Events: We are the greatest team building company the world has ever known (ahem). We put over 16 years of corporate team building event experience to work for your group. We are constantly searching the earth for fresh group play concepts or inspiration. Finding new games and experiences that we can use as a vehicle for increasing morale, engagement and social currency on your teams is an obsession. It’s all about boosting the engagement of your team members through shared experience. You’ll find us at art festivals, technology shows, Come Out and Play festival, Indicade, and so many more as we search for your perfect event concept. For more information, visit


May 6, 2020 - Seis De Mayo

This week on Stay Home with SITE, we presented a double header. First, we learned top tips on “How to Look Professional on Zoom” from Darlynne Mekin of Where You Want to Be Tours. Darlynne is a former News Anchor, a Team building Facilitator, and a Public Speaker/Media Coach. We learned how to make sure you are presenting yourself professionally, especially while connecting virtually.

Next up... It's time to get cookin’! You don’t have to be a Top Chef to participate in a fun Seis de Mayo cooking class with us. Fit City Adventures and Chef Nicole walked us through an interactive cooking class as we whipped up fresh Guacamole and Margaritas – because why not?

pdfDownload the full recipe(135 KB).

About Where You Want to Be: At Where You Want To Be, we believe in sharing the Aloha Spirit. For us, there’s nothing better than creating unique group experiences that are uplifting, inspiring and downright FUN! From our one-of-a-kind “Secret San Diego Excursions” to our Charity/Give Back Opportunities and wildly creative Scavenger Hunts, the key ingredient is ALOHA. Why ALOHA? Although it’s commonly used as a simple greeting, it’s so much more. Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy. As a wise writer once said, “always be kind and compassionate to one another.” This is something we strive hard to incorporate into each of our adventures. It’s our hope that when you’re with us, you’ll experience the true meaning of Aloha and say to yourself “I’m exactly where I want to be!”
Contact: Darlynne Menkin, 619.917.6037,

About Fit City Adventures: We are a corporate lifestyle concierge company that provides unique experiences, group fitness classes, recreational activities and wellness events for groups that want to take team building to the next level with an active twist. Whether you’re a SoCal native looking for a family reunion activity or a business team traveling for a corporate conference, we offer personalized services on land and sea so you can maintain your healthy lifestyle, whether you’re in your office or traveling. The fun and healthy activities we plan include private or fitness partner classes such as beach bootcamps, sunset hikes, volleyball clinics, kayak trips and local, organic farmers’ market meals and deliveries.
Contact: Angela Minardi, Chief Experience Officer, 858.367.9992,

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April 22, 2020 - Virtual Happy Hour with SongDivision

We rock & rolled through an hour of nonstop entertainment with a Virtual Happy Hour hosted by SongDivision. Engagement included music trivia, share music-related nostalgia and be treated to a live performance of an original song inspired by SITE SoCal.

View a summary video and listen to the SITE SoCal tune, recorded by Nashville rock star, Benji Harris.

About Song Division: Since 2003, SongDivision has pioneered the use of music to unify corporate culture by utilizing scientific principles of music to strengthen social bonds and heighten emotional connection. Our comprehensive offering of musical experiences has grown to encompass team building, corporate entertainment, conference openers & closers, and brand activation. We proudly work with companies of all shapes and sizes including Fortune 500’s in over 30 countries. Turn up the volume on your next meeting or event, and see how we can unite your people around your purpose using music.

Contact: John Lombardo, MC/Client Executive, Western North America

April 15, 2020 - Virtual Industry Town Hall

As we are faced with these unprecedented times, it is important to keep our community engaged and informed. In this Ted Talk-style discussion, we will hear from four industry leaders to provide insights, perspective, updates and projections surrounding COVID-19.

Guest Speakers will also include:

  • an update from SITE Global President Jenn Glynn
  • a state of the industry from ALHI President & CEO Michael Dominguez
  • first-hand accounts from Ingram Micro planners Holly Niedzielski and Kelly Lansing
  • local insights from LA Tourism’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Darren Green


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