This post was written by Social Tables Operations Manager, Sarah Ghessie.
Normally when parents visit their children, they end up paying for dinner, cleaning their apartments, doing their laundry, and leave lovingly questioning whether their child has actually bridged the gap into adulthood.
Last weekend, Social Tables sought to upend the norm by inviting the families of every employee to D.C. We were all on our best behavior as we toured our families throughout the city, introduced them to our colleagues, and sought to teach them about what it is we do all day!
It was a fun filled weekend that was anchored in one simple objective: that when our families had to leave, they would do so with an understanding of the Social Tables core values that are the foundation of our company’s culture and success.
Learn how we applied those 9 core values to the weekend below!
Customers First: The weekend was centered around our DC customers. We kicked things off Friday night with a reception and dinner provided by Windows Catering. Saturday began with a scavenger hunt at the National Zoo and ended at Nats Park to watch the Washington Nationals take on the San Diego Padres.
Teams Are Families: What better way to show the world our family then matching raglan baseball shirts?!
Decidedly Determined: We were able to show our families our determination through a presentation on our growth over the past year and our plans for the future.
High Quality: As a meetings and events company we are no strangers to high quality and we planned the weekend to reflect this. The festivities began Friday night with Happy Hour and a tour of the office followed by a presentation on the company. After the presentation everyone moved downstairs to mingle and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to a Kentucky Derby themed dinner. We had an action-packed Saturday that started at the National Zoo and ended at the Washington Nationals game.
Every Day is a School Day: The idea for Parents Weekend came about when we realized that most of our parents have no idea what we do every day. We wanted to get them as excited as we are about Social Tables and based on their comments, we think we succeeded!
Constant Innovation: We had the chance to highlight our value of constant innovation by showcasing our product for our families and sharing our plans for the future.
Stay Lean: Families practiced our lean values by BYOC (bringing your own coffee) on Saturday morning and using food vouchers provided included in their tickets to the Nationals game.
Always Honest: Parents were able to ask Dan and the Social Tables team anything they wanted throughout the weekend. We like to be transparent so no question was off limits!
Be Outrageous: The entire concept of Parents Weekend is a little outrageous to most but who cares?!
Enough from us, let’s hear what our guests had to say…
We very much enjoyed getting to know the interesting and dynamic group of young people that make up the Social Tables company. It was refreshing to see such an enthusiastic and energetic group of people working together to create what undoubtedly is gaining momentum to become a very successful company. With Dan at the helm there is no stopping you guys! Judy and Brad Bernstein
It is comforting as a parent to know that Trevor is surrounded by friends – who also happen to be co-workers! It is so obvious that everyone loves being at Social Tables! Doug and Tricia Lynn
I have never met so many people that I felt right at home with. The whole weekend was filled with laughter and wonderful memories. Yvonne Larson
I appreciated the insight into Social Tables and learning more about Kelly’s role there. The whole weekend was a delight and I certainly appreciate you taking the time to welcome us all into the social tables family. Laura Burke
Mom and I had a great time. I loved your company and I was so impressed that you are doing so well there. You are awesome!!!! Bob Giffin
It was great to meet you (Dan), your Mom, and all of the amazing people that work for you. I think that the idea of a Parent’s Weekend was brilliant! Kathleen Repass
It was fun to meet you (Dan) and see Jess’s work environment and meet his colleagues. Now I understand why he is so committed to this venture. It is far more than a job. You have created an environment where your employees can grow personally while the business flourishes. Your ability to provide that professional opportunity is masterful. Thanks for sharing your vision. I look forward to watching you all soar! Mary Del Bianco
We’d like to thank our families for making the trip to D.C. to attend this very special event with us. It was a tremendous weekend, and we are so grateful that you were there to make it a success.