Little Engine Curates International Leadership Forum

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.
— Little Blue Engine

Sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself. Picture Pelican Bay, an ultra-luxurious sanctuary nestled in Southern California’s Newport Coast. I’m standing infinity-poolside, staring across a beautifully manicured golf course at a pink Cali sun rising over the vastness of the pacific ocean...

It is the first day of the North Star Meetings Group Leadership Forum, an annual networking event that brings the movers & shakers of the billion-dollar meetings, sports and motivation industries. And guess who is designing the experience? Lil’ island boy from The Bahamas. In these moments I’m always reminded of a childhood favourite - The Little Engine That Could. Its the classic tale of a little blue engine, who despite his size, succeeds in taking the train over seemingly-impossible terrain, by repeating the mantra "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”

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Our brand is synonymous with exceptional quality, and as such, we only work with the best in the business. This event is held by leaders for leaders, and the team at Events Design at Sea has impressed many of our attendees and their clients over the years with their deep understanding of the client’s needs, unwavering attention to detail and flair for design. We’re delighted to experience their expertise and ingenuity on display at The Resort at Pelican Hill.
— Danielle Cirami-Gillis, Vice President of Events & Tradeshows for Northstar Meetings Group



The NorthStar Media Group Leadership Forum is an invitation-only annual event that brings business leaders and elite planners together from the MICE and travel industries. Attendees included executives of BI Worldwide, Delta, ITA Group, Maritz, Motivation Excellence, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, and Silversea Cruises to name a few. The Leadership Forum is Northstar’s pinnacle event - a 3-day summit located in the incredibly-picturesque Pelican Hill - the perfect canvas for Events Design At Sea powered by Cacique International.

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Events are all about the who’s-who, and this was a pretty giant WHO. The three-day, invitation-only experience included dynamic education sessions, exciting leisure activities and exclusive networking opportunities with the top brass in the industries. Speakers included Roger Dow, President & C.E.O. of the U.S. Travel Association; Nan Marchand Beauvoir, Managing Director of Meetings Mean Business; and Theresa M. Thomas, Senior Vice President of iJet International amongst other top-tier thinkers. 


As for the “who” in charge of the event, the little blue engine of Events Design at Sea, powered by Cacique International was honoured to orchestrate the experience with our unique brand of creativity and an enduring promise to go beyond the expected and into the world of the extraordinary.

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“Just Imagine” is more than a tagline for us at Cacique International. As event designers, we trade in imagination. We ask our clients to imagine the possibilities and then create an experience that transcends their expectations. This is what we call the Cacique Magic. 

Shawn and the team at Events Design @ Sea used their ingenuity to highlight the unique architectural and scenic features of our property in such an elegant and artistic way. Their attention to detail and intense focus on the guest experience were a perfect match for our brand’s philosophy of providing unmatched service and luxury. Best of all, our teams collaborated effortlessly to create inspiring, unforgettable moments that the attendees will be sure to talk about for years to come. Our partnership was truly a great success.
— Nance Trevithick

This magic is composed of a myriad extra touches that take the event beyond what was expected and into the realm of the extraordinary. Extraordinary for the client and guests, not only in venue, design, décor and entertainment, food and beverage - but equally-importantly in the ease of flow of the narrative, the invisible but essential threads that make the magic happen all around them.

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This year’s Leadership Forum was sensational, and Events Design @ Sea played a pivotal role in helping us create an extraordinary and memorable experience for all of our attendees. We were particularly impressed by the team’s eclectic use of décor, which created a beautiful scene at each event while simultaneously making them very inviting and comfortable. We were extremely pleased with the results of their efforts.
— Danielle Cirami-Gillis

Events Design @ Sea is powered by Cacique International, the leading destination management and event design company in the Bahamas. With a twenty-year legacy of crafting exceptional experiences for clients around the globe, and a reputation for transforming the Meetings, Conferences and Incentives Industry, the accomplished team at Cacique International is proud to turn their expertise towards the exciting world of luxury charters and cruise ships through Events Design at Sea. Share in the experience or learn more about Events Design @ Sea at 

As for The Little Engine, he keeps chugging along, although his mantra seems to be changing from "I think I can" to "I know I can." See you at the next station!  ;)SS 

Made popular in the 1930s, The Little Engine That Could was most noted for its optimistic protagonist, The Little Engine, and its endearing chant, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."

Made popular in the 1930s, The Little Engine That Could was most noted for its optimistic protagonist, The Little Engine, and its endearing chant, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."