Ivy League Events is a family owned and operated Event Management and Wedding Planning company. Our experience allows us to use our special skills to plan and implement beautifully and uniquely crafted events for our clients.
We always aims to go above and beyond our clients' expectations with unique events and superb customer service. Whether you are hosting a private party, a lavish wedding, or a corporate event, Ivy League will provide friendly professional service from the beginning planning stages of your event to the successful ending.
We are always introducing new services to stay current with trends in the event industry and our customers' special requests. If there is something specific you are looking for, please let us know and we will do our best to satisfy all your needs.
WHERE IS TEAMBONDING LOCATED?
Boston is still home base. We also have regional offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix and San Francisco. Our network of professional facilitators covers most major U.S. and Canadian cities. But travel is a normal part of our work – we've created wildly successful events as far away as Sydney and Singapore.
WHO ARE YOUR FACILITATORS?
Our professional facilitators are a special breed – intelligent, articulate, contagiously energetic and unfailingly gracious. Each has the experience and sensitivity needed to balance corporate realities with pure, unbridled fun. Each is equipped to keep your comfort level very high while achieving the desired results. And each is on a mission to make sure your TeamBonding event will be the first of many.
WHAT IF OUR PEOPLE JUST DON'T LIKE GROUP PROGRAMS?
Don't sweat it. There’s an art to this, and it’s safe to say we have it down. Typically, you'll see most or all attendees joining within minutes. Often the ones you least expect end up taking on active roles and enjoying themselves the most. Which makes it even more fun for everyone else.
HOW MUCH LEAD TIME DO YOU NEED?
How much time do you have? But seriously, more is always better. Sometimes a client will call us six months in advance, then apologize for waiting till the last minute. The next client may need to schedule a crucial team building activity for next Wednesday. Remember, we jump through hoops for a living. But you're still better off contacting us now, even if it's just to ask a couple of questions.
HOW MUCH DOES TEAMBONDING CHARGE?
Our program fees start at $2,000, but as you can imagine there are lots of variables to consider. Which program? For how many? Where? Do you want us to provide trophies and other prizes? Bottom line: we can get you a ballpark quote quickly. Get the ball rolling now by filling out our simple contact form, or go ahead and give us a call. We're nice people and would love to hear from you.
HOW LONG DO YOUR PROGRAMS LAST?
The length of typical programs ranges from 1.5 hours up to a full day. Most programs run 3 hours or less. We also need around 2 hours for setup, along with an hour or so to break everything down afterwards.
CAN WE WEAVE OUR COMPANY MESSAGING INTO AN EVENT?
Absolutely. We can creatively incorporate your tagline, new product launch theme or other branding elements into pretty much any TeamBonding event. Some clients even ask us to customize entire games or activities to support specific messaging. Every solution is different – we’d love to talk about yours.
IS THERE A WINNING TEAM? DO YOU GIVE OUT PRIZES?
Many of our programs include a competitive element. Winners are typically determined by accumulated points throughout the event. It’s never obvious which team is winning till the very end, because teams have a wide variety of opportunities to earn points – some objective, some more subjective. But the competition is always friendly, with the ultimate focus on the outcome.
We don’t furnish prizes, aside from bragging rights. Some clients do choose to sweeten the pot by giving out modest prizes to winning teams. We suggest keeping the cash value of these prizes low -- $5 - $25. Gift certificates for Starbucks, iTunes or any local business work well. Another popular approach is to make a donation to a local charity in your winning team’s name.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE CHARITIES FOR CHARITABLE EVENTS?
Some of our programs were designed with a specific charitable partnership in mind. But we’re happy to work with the charitable organization of your choice. If you don’t have one, we’ll contact charities local to you and recommend a good fit.
CAN WE HOLD OUR EVENT AT TEAMBONDING?
One of TeamBonding’s greatest strengths is that we come to you. Many of our programs can be done at your office, depending on how much space is available. Other times another nearby venue makes more sense. We’ve staged successful events at countless hotels, restaurants, convention centers and theme parks across the US. But the best answer will come from one of our super-helpful Account Managers.
Q. We would like to include a team building activity during our off-site meeting. How can you help us?
A. Many of our programs are tailored to build a bridge from your overall meeting theme and/or objectives to the team building experience. From a couple of hours to multi-day team building programs, we will create an experience that augments the content of your off-site meeting and provides meaningful alignment to current business challenges.
Q. What is your overall approach to team building?
A. We combine the hard-hitting principles of leadership and team behaviors with active learning. It’s easy for a team to talk about the strategies of great leaders and teams, but until they are able to ‘try it out’ under the simulated pressures of time, it is often difficult to fully absorb and embrace the concepts discussed. The perfect analogy is learning to ride a bicycle. You can intellectually understand everything you are supposed to do to successfully ride a bike. But, until you get up on that seat and ‘feel’ what it takes to balance, you will not be able to successfully ride the bike. This is what our programs are all about – putting principles into action so that behavior shifts are experienced and lessons are ‘felt’ by the individual participants.
Q. We are not sure where we will have our meeting. How can you help us with determining a location?
A. We conduct programming across the U.S. and provide recommendations to our clients on the various meeting location options. In the case of our outdoor programming, we are able to work in most any outside area or venue. Once we collectively determine what type of program is most appropriate for the team, we will recommend a number of location options that will be convenient to the group.
Q. What makes your team building programs different from other team building companies?
A. Corporate Teams has been delivering team building for over 15 years. Each of our programs is customized to incorporate the specific challenges identified by our clients. Our professional facilitation team consists of successful business executives who have lived and experienced the pressures of the dynamic corporate environment. We often explain it this way: Many team building companies do a great job at delivering an ‘experience’ such as a scavenger hunt, team Olympics, build-a-boat, ropes courses, etc. And there are those companies that are experts at delivering in-depth communication assessments such as Myers Briggs, DiSC, Firo-B, etc. But, there are few companies that are able to combine the depth of communication principles with the ‘experience’. This is what makes Corporate Teams different. Our team delivers meaningful programming that combines the wealth of proven team and leadership concepts with active learning that provides for true behavioral shifts. We feel that this combined program delivery is critical to increasing individual and team performance.
Q. How do you determine what type of team building program is best for our company?
A. Before we recommend any programming, it is important for us to understand the objectives of the team, the challenges that are currently being addressed, and the opportunities that exist for the future. Once we are able to gain an insight into these key areas, we will propose a number of alternatives that will meet the needs of the team. Our hope is that the team will consider the team building experience an investment to longer term collaboration with our company. Our goal is to provide an option of possible bridges to our client companies that provide the opportunity for on-going team and leadership development. We don’t want the team building program to be an island of activity without a means of connecting the experience to longer term objectives. We invest in this process by committing to delivering high impact programming and building a plan for future individual and team development.
Q. How long should a team building program last in length?
A. We understand the pressure of a fast moving workplace and the challenge of taking the team out of the office for a period of time. Our job is to understand your objectives and then provide you with feasible options that will meet those needs. From a team building experience of two hours to programs lasting multiple days, we are committed to matching your objectives to a program that will work within your timeframe.
Q. How much do we need to invest for a high quality team building program?
A. There are a number of variables that drive the cost of a successful team building program. These include: number of participants; types of programming activities; amount of time dedicated to the team building program; time required to prepare for the program delivery; venue or meeting location; number of staff required to deliver the program. Once we are able to understand these variables, we then outline options that vary in cost. Our minimum fee for any team building program is $2500.
Q. If a team building program is held outdoors, how do you help us select a location and ensure the team’s needs are met during the day?
A. Once the type of program is determined; we will provide a list of options for where the program can be held. This is often dependent on availability, type of activities required for the program, proximity to the meeting location, and number of participants. After the location has been selected, we will secure the permits required to ensure that the space we need provides comfort for the team throughout the team building experience. This typically includes: covered pavilions; picnic benches; restroom facilities; and access to water.
Q. What if members of my team have physical challenges? How do you accommodate the team building experience to ensure these individuals are included in the experience?
A. The diversity of our programming offerings provides us the opportunity to select the most appropriate activities that are inclusive of all team member abilities. Our commitment is to ensure that all team members have the ability to fully engage in the team building experience.