Host a Virtual Watch Party: Elevate Your SLC Experience with Community

By Kristen Palson
January 19, 2024
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Last year, at the Simmons Leadership Conference (SLC) we broke new ground, introducing a hybrid format that allowed attendees to join virtually or in-person in Boston. The response was overwhelmingly positive, especially from virtual attendees who praised the rich and intimate experience.

As we fast forward to 2024, SLC is making a global return, transcending geographical limitations. The 45th annual event of our inclusive leadership conference invites individuals and teams worldwide to dive into a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and skill-building sessions. This isn’t just another leadership conference; it’s a dynamic, global platform for cultivating leadership equity and inclusivity.

“In a world accustomed to virtual conversations, we recognized the need to elevate our standards and broaden our best-in-class solution to deliver an interactive and captivating virtual experience. We imagined bringing this transformative experience directly to your team—no matter where they are. And we are not just talking about attendance; we’re talking about active participation, engagement, and a true community-driven adventure.” – Kristen Palson, SLC Executive Producer  

How? Host a virtual watch party for your team.

What’s a Virtual Watch Party?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it goes beyond passive viewing, transforming SLC into a communal event focused on sharing ideas about how to support and promote diversity in the workplace.

A watch party or virtual screening event is an organized session where a group of people – either colleagues, agencies and clients, or even friends – come together virtually to view the live streamed event on April 3rd.  A virtual watch party enables you to create a shared space for impactful discussions, fostering connections, sharing diverse perspectives, and building engagement and community.

Benefits of Virtual Watch Parties

Hosting a watch party for the Simmons Leadership Conference goes beyond just “watching” conference content. Here are some additional benefits:

Team Building and

Shared Experience

Watching together creates a shared experience, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among team members. Teams can customize their watch party experience based on their specific needs, preferences, and goals.

Common Ground

Discussing conference sessions provides a shared context, making it easier for team members to relate to each other. Incorporating team-building activities or icebreakers during breaks enhances the overall watch party experience.

Collaboration and
Knowledge Sharing

Discussion Opportunities

A watch party provides a platform for team members to discuss insights, share perspectives, and collectively digest the information presented at SLC. Virtual watch parties encourage active participation and engagement, preventing the feeling of isolation that can occur during remote conferences.

Cross-Functional Learning

Team members from different departments – across different locations or time zones – can share their unique perspectives, leading to cross-functional learning and collaboration. Teams can leverage interactive features of virtual platforms to enhance engagement, such as live chats, polls, and Q&A sessions.

Cost Savings

Economical Alternative

Hosting a virtual watch party is a cost-effective alternative to sending team members to SLC in-person, saving on travel and accommodation expenses.

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Networking Opportunities

Internal Networking

Team members can network within the organization, fostering connections that might not happen organically in a remote work environment.

Team Bonding

The informal setting of a watch party facilitates casual networking, strengthening relationships among team members.

Enhanced Motivation
and Inspiration

Collective Inspiration

Experiencing SLC collectively can amplify the motivational impact, inspiring team members to implement new ideas and strategies.

Shared Goals

The shared experience of learning from industry leaders and experts can create a collective sense of purpose and motivation.

By leveraging these advantages, teams can transform a virtual watch party into a valuable opportunity for team development, collaboration, and professional growth.

Don’t have a team?

No problem! Virtual watch parties aren’t exclusive to teams. Individuals can also organize and participate, connecting with like-minded individuals, sharing insights, and being part of a larger SLC community.


7 Strategies for Hosting a Conference Virtual Watch Party

Here are some strategies your team can use to make your watch party for SLC successful and memorable:

Pre-Event Planning

  • Set Clear Goals: Define the objectives of your watch party. Is it focused on networking, in-depth discussions, or a mix of both?
  • Assign Roles: Designate roles for hosting, moderating discussions, and managing technical aspects.

Create a Watch Party Agenda

  • Session Highlights: Identify key sessions or speakers to focus on during the watch party.
  • Discussion Breaks: Schedule breaks between sessions for team discussions and reflections.

Encourage Interaction

  • Live Chat: Utilize the chat feature for real-time reactions, questions, and team interactions.
  • Engagement Activities: Integrate polls, quizzes, or challenges related to conference content.

Promote Social Media Engagement

  • Hashtags: Create a unique hashtag for your watch party and encourage attendees to use it on social media platforms.
  • Live Tweeting: Foster engagement by live-tweeting key insights, quotes, and reactions.

Post-Event Networking

  • Virtual Networking Hour: Plan a post-conference networking session where attendees can connect on a more personal level.
  • Discussion Forums: Set up online forums or discussion boards for ongoing conversations after the conference.

Technical Support

  • Test in Advance: Conduct a technical run-through before the event to ensure everyone is familiar with the platform.
  • Provide Support: Have a dedicated support team to assist with technical issues during the watch party.

Feedback and Reflection

  • Post-Event Survey: Gather feedback from attendees to understand what worked well and areas for improvement.
  • Reflection Session: Host a brief team reflection session after the conference to discuss key takeaways and insights.

By combining these strategies, teams can create an immersive and engaging virtual watch party experience for SLC, fostering connection and collaboration among participants of our global women’s leadership conference.


Elevate Your Team: Register for SLC

Imagine the power of collective learning and the buzz of connecting with like-minded professionals—all made possible through virtual watch parties. The Simmons Leadership Conference is poised to inspire and empower, and by bringing a personal touch with a virtual gathering, you enhance that potential manifold.

Register today and start planning your own virtual watch party for SLC. Because when we watch together, we grow together.

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