Having been a communications major (or as one would officially say, “media, culture and communications”), there have been quite some wonderful opportunities made available by my department over the years, including free morning bagels, wonderful guest speakers, and innumerable chances to mix and mingle. Yesterday evening was no exception. Some of the kind folks at Verizon sent out an open invitation to our undergraduate and graduate students, asking if anyone would be interested in attending this year’s Paley Benefit dinner, honouring Tom Freston, and I quickly replied with a bubbly and enthusiastic RSVP.
Apart from the opportunity to “network,” I rather enjoy attending events for the gaining of new perspectives. Granted, when I say “perspective,” the notion of the personal comes into play, but I would like to extend it to encapsulate the character of the event as a whole – ambience, if you will. The intricacies of venue choices, logistics, food and drinks, and of course, guests all come together to create a new experience each and every single time. The permutations, at times (and perhaps often when you attend industry events, one after another), become akin to one another, but there are always the slight variables (usually venue) that make it all worthwhile. And as far as the benefit dinner went, it was a delightful evening with the right doses of humour and praise by the speakers, and a particular openness and down-to-earth set of personalities that accompanied my particular table, which was thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed.
Images via Paley Center for Media