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What Can You Expect at BrainStrength’s “Meet & Eat” at IACC 2011

Friday, March 4th, 2011

So you’re in the meetings & events industry and thinking about attending the 2011 “Meet & Eat” at the IACC conference. You’re wondering what you can expect out of the session with Andrea Sullivan of BrainStrength.

After interviewing Andrea Sullivan for a white paper on Food-for-Thought, I can tell you that all meeting planners and event professionals will benefit from attending this keynote. You’ll walk away from the “Meet & Eat” with knowledge on brain friendly foods, a new outlook on each meal, and how it affects meeting performance.

Here are ten things you can take away from “Meet & Eat” at IACC 2011:

  1. Find out how foods create a state of mind such as enhance the mood, state of mind, affect learning and performance. Discover how to make the most of your meetings through peer conferencing and Andrea Sullivan, an organizational psychologist who studies the brain.
  2. You’ll learn about Basic Brain Chemistry and an easy-to-understand introduction to neurotransmitters and how they work for the brain along with other meeting planners who hope to improve performance of attendees.
  3. Participate in an industry round table where experts in the industry will discuss the hot topics in Food for Thought.
  4. Through an interactive activity, you’ll experience particular emotional states and then connect these with specific purposes of different types of meetings and stages of meetings.
  5. You’ll engage with other attendees and discuss your meetings and gain clarity about the state of mind you personally want to produce at your own meetings.
  6. Through discussions and engagement between others, you’ll learn how foods will produce those particular states of mind and which foods to choose based on the meeting goals.
  7. Experience lunch with specially prepared entrees for your brain and seats at the 2011 Copper Skillet Competition, where Executive Chefs from conference centers around the world will compete for the international title. The “Taste of IACC” event allows you to treat yourself to dishes suggested by the competing chefs of the IACC Copper Skillet Competition
  8. Earn (3) Continuing Education Credits while networking with other professionals in the events community.
  9. Learn how timing will play a role in meeting meals. A short activity will encourage you to touch your own experience at meetings and the freedom to develop their own sense of what is needed when.
  10. Brainstorm menu ideas in small groups and create meeting menus that will best enhance meeting learning and performance based on choices and timing.

If you’re interested and would like to find out more information, you can visit the IACC event website to learn about this year’s Meeting & Eating event with Andrea Sullivan, M.A.

5 Special Events We Think You’ll Rave About

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Photo Credit: IACC Online – Copper Skillet Competition

For West Belmont Place who plans all business functions, galas, weddings and more at The National Conference Center, there are several upcoming special events that are open to the public and something we believe are worth attending – all designed for different audiences and ages. See what you think, we’re convinced you’ll be raving about it:

  • Chocolates Galore – The 23rd annual Chocolates Galore & More will be held tonight (Friday, February 18th) at NCC and is event for friends, couples, and families. It’s a showcase of desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and Champagne from a host of Northern Virginia restaurants and purveyors. Patowmack Farm, Vintage 50, Sweetz Bakery, and more will provide food. There will be live music, dancing, silent and live auctions, and competitions for the best desserts and hors d’oeuvres. CELEBRITY JUDGES include TOP CHEF Mike Isabella, Charlie Adler of TasteDC, and Rebekah Pizana of Gourmet Amore. All proceeds from the tickets ($70 for reserved seats or at the door; $60 general admission) go to the Loudoun County YMCA. Visit the Web site for reservations and more information.


  • Hunt Country Bridal Show & Expo - For engaged couples, Hunt Country Celebrations Bridal and Special Event Expo will be held on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at West Belmont Place at NCC.  Admission is free.  The popular event returns this year with more vendors and expanded exhibits including carriage companies, musicians, florists, representatives from top event sites, caterers and others who help to create beautiful, elegant weddings throughout the Washington, D.C. region including Virginia hunt country. Brides may pre-register to enter the drawing for $200 toward any vendor or receive a $25 discount on any service from any vendor for services booked at the Expo. Visit the registration website for  more information.


  • Corporate Spelling Bee - The Loudoun Literacy Council is hosting their 5th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee at The National Conference Center March 28, 2011. The event allows businesses to compete as a corporate team in a round-robin fast paced Spelling Bee.  Each corporation buys their way in – 3 individuals can compete as spellers on a team. Celebrity judges include Sentator Herring of the great state of Virginia. All proceeds benefit the Loudoun Literacy Council who teach reading and writing skills to children and adults at or belowthe poverty level.  For more information about entering your company, visit the Loudoun Literacy website.


  • “Meet & Greet” IACC - If you’re a meeting or event planner and have an interest in food and meetings, this is an NCC event you won’t want to miss! All meeting planners and event professionals are invited to a “Meeting & Eating” session, where Andrea Sullivan a well-known brain psychologist will discuss menu choices for enhancing mood, learning and performance in meetings. Tickets include admission to her keynote speech, access to the round table discussion from industry experts, seats at the 2011 Copper Skillet Competition, the Taste of IACC, and gift bags. Interested in attending? Find out more on the IACC website.


  • American Girls Fashion Show – Have children who have grown up with The American Girl dolls? Attend the American Girls Fashion Show at NCC, Saturday, March 26th or Sunday, March 27th. The show expects a 1600+ turnout for the entire weekend. Purchase your tickets today as it’s been sold out in the past! All proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center in Lansdowne, VA which helps young children who are hearing impaired. Visit the website for more information.