Take a look at the above video to hear from our Founder and President on why we chose TAKE GROUND as our 2018 team-wide theme.
2018 Take Ground Resource
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The following blog is written by MiKalla Cotton, Elevate’s Creative Design Intern, as she shares her passion and perspective around the new year.
Over a year ago, I received a letter from a good friend that I’ve kept in my journal ever since. That note was important to me for a few reasons, but one being the intentional words she used to encourage me. She used several adjectives, but the first was “brave.” It was humbling that she used such a word to describe me because it was one I had never used to describe myself.
How the “word” began for me
In the summer of 2014, as an upcoming sophomore in college and working my second year of camp, I met a girl named Kristin, who quickly became my camp bestie. I was so encouraged and inspired by her passion, and I remember her mentioning her “word” of the year. At that point, I had never heard of anyone having such a thing, and with a deep love for words, I was immediately intrigued. By December, I was scrambling around trying to figure out my word – “A word! I totally forgot! I want a word, but how the heck do I figure out my word?? And with two weeks to spare!” Basically, my brain was singing “S.O.S.” by the Jonas Brothers.
Bravery – the willingness to take calculated risks and step outside of one’s comfort zone
I would bet that anyone who has ever been called “brave” wasn’t labeled so without first being scared out of their mind. This past year, I (MiKalla) told my best friend that the thing I presently wanted to do scared me, and she replied with, “sometimes the thing you’re most scared of doing is the thing you are most equipped and ordained to do.” I think sometimes we are reluctant to do things due to fear that’s strictly rooted in lies. I was scared because, honestly, I didn’t think I was good enough – I thought I was underqualified and wouldn’t measure up. The thing I wanted to do was to intern at Elevate.
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The Experience Tracker
From east to west, north to south, our team leads experiences all over the U.S. each month, whether it’s activating a new restaurant across the country or a Virtual Reality team building workshop here in the backyard of Atlanta. Experience Leaders, Project Leaders, Certified Wiring Consultants, and Event Assistants are just a few of our team members that travel nationwide to execute unique, world-class events with a variety of rock star clients.
Who Behind the Brand
Hi friends! Thanks for joining us in our new series, Who Behind the Brand. In this series, we hope to tell the stories of our team members off the mic. Often times, you can find Elevate team members standing behind a microphone, on a stage, in front of a large crowd of people. We hope this series will give you some behind-the-scenes insights into our team members’ passions, interests, and stories.
The following blog is written by Audrey Hayes, Elevate’s Creative Director, as she shares the vicious cycle she many times experiences around the new year (and how she plans to make a change in 2018). Enjoy!
- I tend to be quick to come up with new ideas. (When isolated, this statement isn’t bad).
- I tend to be passionate about all these ideas. (Uh huh. We’re getting a little closer to the problem).
- I want to go after and achieve all of these ideas. (Keep going. We’re almost there).
- I have little patience when it comes to waiting, and tend to want immediate results. When that’s not possible, I feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and ready to hit the brakes on making progress. (Ding, ding, ding! We’ve hit the gold).
I’m being fully transparent when I say…
Looking around a room it may be easy to spot the most enthusiastic or the most joyful person in the room. You might even be able to easily point out the quietest or most reserved person. A more challenging task might be identifying who in a given space is the most grateful.
While I am not big on New Year’s Resolutions and all the pressures that go along with it, I have begun to fall in love with the idea of creating a theme for each new year. My theme for 2018 is to be the most grateful person in any room that I go into.
We can’t think of a better way to start the year than to highlight one of our favorite clients. Atlanta Mission is an incredible organization making a daily impact in our city. The following blog was written by our fall Marketing Intern, MiKalla Cotton, who recently participated in Atlanta Mission’s annual Thanksgiving meal. Keep reading for insights into 2017’s event and see how our team was inspired by the guests we met.
In November, our team sat around our big family style table in the office green room, with plates full of Thanksgiving food. As we all took our seat, naturally, Billy (Elevate’s Founder and President) posed the question: “what are you grateful for?” As we went around the room and each of us answered, Roman Kotowski, Experience Leader, shared gratitude we could all resonate with – gratitude that sprouted from that week’s events. read more…
What a year!
It’s been nothing short of an exciting, challenging, game-changing year for Elevate Experiences. Because of your incredible support, we’ve seen ideas activated and impact made around the world. Here are the highlights you’ve helped bring to life. We look forward to an outstanding 2018 with our new, organization-wide theme: TAKE GROUND.
See our Year in Review for an interesting, entertaining & outrageous glimpse at 2017…
“Must have 3-5 years of experience”
This can be a challenging thing to find on a job application. As a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, I have memories of applying for countless jobs in which experience was heavily required. I was stuck in the irony of needing experience for a job, however, I also needed a job in order to gain experience.
By getting the opportunity to be involved with Elevate as an Experience Design Intern, I have gained industry-specific experience, learned general workplace best practices, and valuable life lessons. Here’s just a few of them, so buckle up and get ready for a ride.