Sodexo Conferencing Blog

Client Reviews Unique Meeting

Mandy Volpe - Saturday, August 27, 2016

At Sodexo Conferencing we understand that you want to hear real feedback from clients who have been at our properties before. We know that it is important to choose a property that can handle your unique requests to ensure a successful event. Check out the feedback from a client that held their event at the Black Canyon Conference Center.

" Thank you for being so accommodating yesterday! You were on spot with all our requests, even when they were a bit "unique" for the day. You made a big difference in how our event unfolded for the day. "

- Jennifer D. (Arizona STEM Network)

Allow us to accommodate your next meeting and help you carry out the special portions of your event so that you, as the event planner, walk away with attendees raving about a successful event.

Meeting Debrief Checklist

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, August 18, 2016
Planning a meeting comes with a long to-do list in order to ensure success for event attendees. Beyond the event, it is important to analyze the success of the meeting and gather feedback from attendees. Schedule time after the meeting to debrief your event. Things to consider when debriefing:
  • Objectives- Did you meet the goals of your meeting? Did you gather your team at one of our executive board rooms to accomplish corporate planning? Did you walk away with a boast in team morale and synergy? These are all great questions to ask during your debriefing process.
  • Location- Was the location convenient and easily accessible by 90% of attendees?
  • Timing- Was the meeting held on one day or spread out across multiple days? Maybe attendees would like a multi-day meeting schedule in order to spread out the processing time of knowledge that is learned during the meeting.
Are you ready to find a location for your next event that can help guide you in pre-planning your meeting? Our Sodexo teams are ready to help you in planning a successful meeting that will leave you with 5 star ratings in your debrief.  Search our property map to get started today.

San Ramon Valley Courtyard Redesign

Mandy Volpe - Friday, July 29, 2016

The San Ramon Valley Conference Center just completed two courtyard landscape redesigns. You can see a glimpse of the passive courtyard that features some alternative space for meetings and breakouts.  

Location is Everything

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, July 28, 2016

There are a couple of factors to consider when choosing a location for your event. You need to consider ease of transportation, cost, technology, and room capacities. Another factor to consider is the local community. Will there be activities and places for attendees to visit after the meeting is over?

For example, Chase on the Riverfront is located in downtown Wilmington along the Christiana River. There are always a plethora of activities in the area such as museums, beer gardens, and festivals. This summer there is a special "Shipyard Summer Concert Series" which runs for 8 weeks on Thursday nights. It is a great way for attendees to enjoy the local community after a productive day of meetings.  

What factors do you consider when choosing a location for your meeting?

Technology Tips from our Venues

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, July 14, 2016

At Sodexo Conferencing, we want you to have a successful meeting. That is why we have professional staff at each of our venues that are experienced in meeting planning. Take for instance, the High Country Conference Center in Arizona. They are located on the campus of Northern Arizona University. They have dedicated technicians on staff to provide state of the art technology for your meetings.

Did you know that when you’re using a microphone, you should point it at your mouth and not your forehead?  Do you use Powerpoint as a way to document your speech? The team at High Country Conference Center are a wealth of information for successful meetings. Check out their website for more tips on:

  • Using a Microphone properly
  • Powerpoint
  • Presenting like a pro with video

Terrace Room at Pickwick Gardens

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pickwick Gardens offers outdoor venues for various events across the property. The Terrace Room is one of the most popular and can hold 300 guests. For more information on this room or the other locations throughout the property, visit

Event Spotlight: Hobby Expo

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, June 23, 2016

We love seeing the creative uses for events at our venues. Here is a recent hobby expo for sewing and crafts at the Black Canyon Conference Center. What creative ideas do you have for your next event at one of our Sodexo Conferencing properties?

10 Reasons To Host Event At Chase Center

Mandy Volpe - Friday, June 17, 2016


At Sodexo Conferencing, we believe that our venues are top notch for meeting planners and attendees. Here are 10 reasons why the Chase Center on the Riverfront is the perfect location for you to host your next event.

10.)  The Chase Center is the largest special event facility in the Brandywine Valley and Wilmington, Delaware with 90,000 sq. feet of meeting space

9.)  Convenient location for trains, planes and automobiles between New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC

8.)  Luxurious and modern accommodations at the adjacent Westin Hotel

7.)  Wilmington Delaware is a TAX FREE Zone!

6.)  FREE Parking for 2,400 vehicles

5.)  Award winning Executive Chef and full complement of professional service personnel to tend to your every need

4.)  Personal Event Planners to help make meeting and event planning effortless

3.)  In-house state of the art audio visual service, lighting, sound and staging technicians

2.) Wilmington Riverfront features great restaurant and outdoor activity options to suit anyone’s interests

1.)  Because it’s ALL ABOUT YOU!

For more information about this venue, visit Chase Center on the Riverfront.

4 Reasons to Meet In Boston

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Four reasons to choose the Conference Center at Waltham Woods for your event in Boston:

  1. The Conference Center at Waltham Woods has a business center that is fully equipped to keep your on-site meeting running efficiently. The center has a printer, shipping assistance, and copying services.
  2. 8 Meeting Rooms and one large Auditorium offers comfortable fixed and flexible seating arrangements.
  3. Continuous Refreshment Service from 7am-5pm as a part of the Day Meeting Package. Do you know what that means?!? Coffee in the morning with freshly baked breads and scones followed by an afternoon filled with an assortment of sweet and salty snacks.
  4. This facility is IACC Certified. IACC certification guarantees that your attendees will experience top-notch quality and service while meeting at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods.

Check out The Conference Center at Waltham Woods to discover this Boston venue and learn more about their Day Meeting Packages for events. 

Home and Garden Show at Chase Center

Mandy Volpe - Friday, May 27, 2016

The annual Delaware Home and Garden show was recently held at Chase Center on the Riverfront. The weekend was filled with exhibitions and workshops for the novice and experienced gardeners. Workshops included painting and instructional sessions on backyard bouquets and container gardening. We love the Chase Center space all set-up for the Make & Take Terrarium and Air Plant Workshop.