Social Events

Social Events at Essentials of EM 2018

Opening Night Cocktail Party

Tuesday May 15, 4:45-6pm

Chelsea Theater Balcony

Join us in the balcony of the Chelsea Theater immediately following the conclusion of the day’s lectures to unwind and catch up with colleagues.


Tuesday May 15 & Wednesday May 16, 7-7:45am

Castellana Ballroom

Join us before the sessions begin on Days 1 and 2 for yoga in the Castellana Ballroom (adjacent to the Chelsea Theater). Class will be led by an instructor and mats will be provided. This is open to all fitness levels, and no signup required. No one’s judging*… just join us!

*Shallow, judgemental persons will be turned away at the door...

Chair Massage

Tuesday May 15 & Wednesday May 16,
9:30am-12pm & 1-3:30pm
Thursday May 17, 9:30am-12pm

Chelsea Theater, Balcony

Enjoy complimentary back massages while not missing a beat of the show. Masseuses will be on-hand in the Balcony to give you a well-deserved mental and physical break.

Voices of Essentials Studio

Tuesday May 15 - Thursday May 17,
9am-12pm & 1:30-3pm

Chelsea Theater, Main Lobby

Come share your inspiring, heartbreaking, heroic, and hilarious stories with us! Find our on-site recording studio in the Main Lobby of the Chelsea Theater (near merchandise).

Casino Night & Texas Hold’EM Free-Play Tournament

Tuesday May 15, 6-9pm

Exhibit Hall

A great way to make some new friends. (Or lose some old ones? Depends on how competitive you are!) The exhibit hall will be transformed into a free-play casino with Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps. Play with attendees from around the world without risking your retirement account. You can also watch (or join!) the Texas Hold’EM poker tournament as the Essentials’ faculty members challenge attendees in our free play poker event. The Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new Apple Watch! There are also prizes for knocking out each faculty member, and the player with the most knockouts will also win an additional Grand Prize. Space is limited for the poker tournament, so sign up when you register for Essentials. You will automatically be added to our waiting list when sign-ups exceed the space available, and we’ll contact you if you’re in!

Mission: Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday May 16, Time TBD

The Mission: Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt is considered the “Best Scavenger Hunt in the USA” by several of the top Destination Management Companies. The hunt consists of (26) total challenges that will take teams on a journey through Vegas, with a combination of checkpoint and photo events. Bring a group or make new friends! Register here.

Dog Therapy

Tuesday May 15 & Wednesday May 16,
9:30-11:30am & 1-3pm

Exhibit Hall

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for a little serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin release brought to you by some furry companions*.

*Persons with allergies: please bring your own EpiPens. We can’t afford them. Complimentary injection by one of over 1000 ER professionals, included.