Where do I start?

You know it’s been a busy month when I don’t even know where to start on my blog!

Despite the fact that wedding season has wrapped up and the month was a quiet one in terms of actual event execution (although I do have a number of corporate contracts that are in the works for 2015), it was an incredibly educational month (with a quickie business trip squeezed in for good measure!).

As mentioned, overall it’s been an education oriented month:
Had special guest speakers and class outings ‘site visits’ going on for my students at Lasalle College.
College Lasalle Site Visit at CMRCollege Lasalle Site Visit WHOTEL MontrealCollege Lasalle Speaker  Sybille Montreal TourisumCollege Lasalle Speaker FabienneCollege Lasalle Speaker Gleb

Had a ‘REAL Client’ for my online students, at iLasalle, in Event Coordination preparing a real pitch for a this client’s Grand Opening.. (you should see their enthusiasms)
College Lasale Speaker Suzanne iLasalle On Line class ilasalleOn Line class ilasalle1

Then I gave the Wedding Bootcamp Workshop (here in Montreal for future Wedding Planners at Zoom Academie. (in French)
Zoom Academie Wedding Bootcamp

As stated, the month of November has been 80% teaching and 20% my meeting/event planning work.

While all this education was oozing, I did get a the opportunity to visit Italy, YES you read correctly .. I said Italia. We visited the gorgeous Tuscan region; first stop was in Florence and then took the new high speed train to Naples, it was fabulous. I have family in Italy so naturally my aunt and uncle, drove down (from Turin ) even though it was for hours one afternoon .. this was wonderful.

After their (uber quick) visit, the focus went back to the business at hand. In other words, why I (we) really went to Italy; planned for us where site visits and tastings. OMG, did we ever. The clients and I tasted incredible food and visited incredible historical places: (MammaMia)

  • Statue of David
  • Duomo (cathedral churches)
  • Ponte Vecchio (old bridge – very historical)
  • Castles (by the ocean and in remote places)
  • Frescos (everywhere)
  • Monte Vesuvio and the island of Capri
  • Tasted the FRESHEST MOST DELECTABLE meals one can find in
    these regions

OUFFF I still cannot believe it happened. Why, we went you may wonder … it was for an upcoming Client Incentive Program.
Florence Castles site visit 1 Florence Castles site visit 2 Florence sites 1 Florence sites Florence Welcome Dinner Food Court in Napoli Napoli authentic Pizza Napoli Castles Site Visit 1 Napoli street Vendors Napoli Traffic Site seeing in Florence with Zio e Zia 1 Train Adventure Florence to Napoli

I also attended an Educational Conference (told you it was an educational kinda month). This time the education was for me or should I say for us Meeting Professionals; this conference specifically caters to the Associative markets. The two and a half day congress was held here on home turf at the beautiful Fairmont Queen Elizabeth . It was the first time that this annual conference was in Montreal, and it was very exhilarating, interesting and fruitful. The keynote speakers where AWESOME, consisted of a renowned athlete, an infamous astronaut to a world famous tornado hunter. All in all we ended the congress with an awesomely roaring 20s themed gala at the St-James Theatre and let’s not forget that after-party which was hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Oh did I mention Scarlett James was in the house? She was dancing her burlesque heart out. It was a tasteful, sexy, and a fun performance that playfully “shocked and awed” a few conservative visitors. It was great, it was truly done “a la Montreal”.

Educational Conference Queen E Montreal 1 Educational Conference Queen E Montreal 2 Educational Conference Queen E Montreal 3 Educational Conference Queen E Montreal 4 Educational Conference Queen E Montreal 5

Finally, it is with great pride that I share the news that I have been honored for Businesswoman of the Year by: Jeudi d’APOLLO : 4ème édition Femmes en Affaires 2014.

It’s a huge moment in my life to be a recipient alongside some very incredible fellow businesswomen from all different industries.
Femme Affair PhotoShoot 1 Liste-Femmes-en-Affaires-2014 Femme Affair PhotoShoot 6 Femme Affaires PhotoShoot
the event  Femme Affair PhotoShoot 3

Ok, now I’m exhausted.

Only one month left for 2014 – let’s do this! Corporate Holiday Parties here I come ….


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