The "large conference room" at Marketplace HQ. It's the location of our morning editorial meetings and other major gatherings (including a weekly Spanish class).- Marketplace
An outside view of the Large Conference Room at Marketplace.- Marketplace
Marketplace's "Small Conference Room" is where we hold meetings for smaller teams. It's also the site of Paddy Hirsch's Whiteboard series.- Marketplace
Another view of the Small Conference Room at Marketplace. Help us rename our conference rooms by commenting below!- Marketplace
A conference room by any other name...
There is perhaps no more important decision a company can make than the name of its conference rooms.
All right, perhaps we jest, but some companies are spending a lot of time choosing the perfect name of their conference rooms, names that reflect their corporate culture, says Rupal Parekh with Advertising Age.
“If you look online, you’ll find all of these threads that are basically people that seem like they are in a state of panic, begging for help with naming their conference rooms,” Parekh said.
Some well known companies don’t seem to have much trouble naming their meeting spaces. Facebook, “knowing that they have a culture that is all about learning from their mistakes,” has named theirs after massive mess-ups in history. Case in point: one is named ‘subprime-mortgage.’
Others go for the inside joke by naming the rooms after employees who have worked at the company the longest (The Richards Group in Dallas) or a mashup of foods and band names (hence, Slayer Cake over at Etsy).
Here at Marketplace, we keep it simple with “The Large Conference Room” and “The Small Conference Room.”
Parekh says she empathizes -- Advertising Age calls one of theirs “The Green Conference Room” because the walls are green. “Maybe it means we’re just not as fun.”
But not anymore...
Vote for your favorite conference room names in our poll -- deadline for voting is Friday!