On a rainy and windy day in San Francisco last week, our team hosted our signature StorySalon event. Gathered at the intimate yet elegant venue "The Monroe," great minds from companies like Wells Fargo, Tesla, Google, and Intel told personal stories of growth, heartbreak, and lessons learned.
The 1920's-inspired speakeasy charmed our guests with both its wonderful cocktails and art-deco ambiance. It provided the perfect atmosphere for our event.
Our friendly hosts greeted guests as they entered, providing each guest with a name badge printed onsite with the technology provided by DoubleDutch partner, Boomset. Guests are inspired to have meaningful conversations and the night is curated to ensure they meet the right people and talk about the things most interesting to them.
The event hosted six storytellers who shared their stories on topics from pushing through tough times, finding the courage in oneself and living with who you truly are. Each story was fascinating and provided more insight into who each speaker really is.
Our six brave storytellers included:
- Teresa Herd - Vice President, Global Creative Director at Intel Corporation
- Michael Dulin - VP User Experience at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Kristen Kavanaugh - Senior Leader, Diversity and Inclusion at Tesla
- Eugen Winschel - Global Vice President and Head of Product Management at SAP CoPilot
- Brandon Mudd - Regional Vice President of Automotive at iHeart Media
- Robin Beers - Experience Design and Customer Insights Research Leader at Wells Fargo
One of the largest challenges in networking events is creating those moments where people feel connected through emotion and understanding. The San Francisco StorySalon was a perfect example of how to design an experience that facilitates that connection.
The magic of Magic Hour
In a day and age where most connections are made on social media, we often forget that face-to-face networking is the most effective way to establish positive relationships with others. One of the best things about StorySalon is how technology can be used as a tool to assist in connecting, but the connections are all generated through face-to-face interactions.
As it was in both Phoenix and New York, guests were asked to select questions that piqued their interest in discussing. From there, they connect with the person who submitted that question or topic. This results in a conversation that is interesting to both parties but avoids a lot of the awkward and often shallow small talk commonly seen at networking events.
What guests are saying…
We always take our guests praises and suggestions for improvements to heart, so that we can provide the best networking event experience possible. Check out what some of our guests said about their San Francisco experience:
“I loved all of it! The speakers were fantastic, the venue lovely, best of all the people I met were so wonderful and I made some great new connections."
Global Communications Marketing Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
“I absolutely loved the event. I think the framework of the event really provides the platform for authentic networking and connecting."
Product Marketing Manager, Google
We also appreciate when our guests take to social media to post about their experiences! Take, for example, Jeanavive Janssen the VP of Events at the American Marketing Association and her LinkedIn post about her StorySalon experience:
How can I attend StorySalon?
If you didn't get the chance to attend our SF StorySalon, we recommend that you subscribe to our email list to be the first to receive notifications of StorySalon coming to your city. Our guest list is always exclusive, and invite only for StorySalon events but subscribers will be the first to know what’s to come!