Embrace the journey.

“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. Only the one I create for myself.” (Madam C.J. Walker)

The journey continues as Spotlight Sojourns completes the transformation to strategic consulting from Spotlight Events full-service event and destination management company (DMC). To quote our founder Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP, “Find your purpose. Follow your passion. Forge […]

CSR: Incentives for all ages.

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Northern California Chapter (SITENCC) signature CSR Education program provided a memorable, meaningful incentive experience at ultra-exclusive Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge resort in the Napa Valley, on October 29, 2015.

“Incentive for All Ages: Bright Ideas & Best Practices for Fabulous Family-Friendly Incentives” presented excellent insight from expert panelists Laura […]

Glitz, glamour and stars.

Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC) wrapped the 2014-2015 year with “An Evening of Glitz, Glamour and Stars” Annual Gala and Silent Auction in San Francisco on 06.04.15.

Under the direction of Gala Chair Laura Tyson, Co-Chair Thomas Murphy, Director of Special Events Zorianna Smith, CMP, DMCP, the sold-out event at the beautiful Bently […]

The most wonderful time of the year.

Joy, peace and prosperity to clients, colleagues, friends and family in this holiday season and in the year ahead. Happiest Holidays to you and yours!

With gratitude and thanks from all of us at Spotlight Events.

Photo © Paul Enrico Kostadimas


Taste the joy.

“Taste the joy that springs from labor.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Masque of Pandora, 1875)

We at Spotlight Events taste the joy from this remarkable, record-breaking year (more on that coming soon!) by relaxing and recharging over the Labor Day weekend. This beautiful view is from the enchanting village of Tiburon in Marin County, a […]

Let freedom reign.

“We here highly resolve … that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 11.19.1863)

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Spotlight Events. Let freedom reign!

Photo © Paul Enrico Kostadimas

Full text of the Gettysburg Address […]

The monument’s message.

“But while mighty people are busied with great enterprises, they do not forget — cannot forget— the brave men who purchased peace by their valor and blood.”

(“The Monument’s Message” by Reverend Charles Elmer Allison)

On this Memorial Day and every day, may we remember and honour the fallen men and women who served their […]

Hope smiles from the threshold.

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.”*

As an extraordinary year ends and a new year begins, we at Spotlight Events raise our glass in profound gratitude to you, our clients, colleagues, friends and family. Cheers to a happy, healthy, hopeful 2014!

Photo © Orange Photography




*Alfred, […]

Merry & bright.

December at Spotlight Events: Holiday events galore, the SITE Global Conference 2013 in Orlando (where our founder Marilee Sonneman, the incoming President of SITE Northern California Chapter, was named the top “VIT” -Very Important Tweeters), site inspections from San Diego to Lake Tahoe and everywhere in-between, and let’s not forget, a very VIP evening with […]

Thanksgivings for the golden hours.

And let these altars, wreathed with flowers / And piled with fruits, awake again / Thanksgivings for the golden hours (John Greenleaf Whittier, “For an Autumn Festival”)

Happy Thanksgiving to our clients, colleagues, friends and family … may your day be golden!

With hearts full of gratitude from all of us at Spotlight Events.