1 We set up our large clerestory with tables filled with arts and crafts supplies.
2 There were crayons, markers, stickers and of course, Martha Stewart Crafts punches.
3 The tables filled quickly as children arrived. At this table, the children, and some of the their parents, made pompoms, and embellished tins for moms for Mother's Day.
4 Executive assistant, Sutton Bain, helped the children of our CEO, Yehuda Shmidman, Isaac, Jordana, and Sam, with their crafts.
5 Elizabeth Nissen from Human Resurces, and Heather Kirkland, head of our special events, spearheaded the day's activities.
6 SVP Programming and Development, Kim Miller-Olko, and her sons Ethan and Austin
7 Many took the time to craft Mother's Day cards and notes.
8 VP Merchandising, Jackie Landaeta, with her son, Lucas
9 Khaylynn and Khayla Lee, granddaughters of Danine Harris from our finance team.
10 Beauty editor, Melissa Goldstein, and her son, Ezra.
11 Melissa and Melanie - daughters of our receptionist, Leticia Vazquez
12 Here are Ethan and Austin busy making Mother's Day gifts and cards.
13 VP Editorial Director of Food, Sarah Carey and her children, Hayden and Mickayla.
14 Emily, with her dad and General Counsel, Eric Gul.
15 Here is our CEO, Yehuda Shmidman, with his son, Isaac.
16 Following the arts and crafts session, the children were led into a large conference room for some presentations and Q & A with some of our executives.
17 Kim talked about video and technology.
18 All the children seemed to enjoy talking about their favorite online programs and videos.
19 Some of the children talked about their hopes and aspirations for the future.
20 This year's group ranged in ages six to 14-years of age - all of them were so attentive and eager to participate in the discussions.
21 Kim showed the children video clips explaining all the different businesses and divisions we have at the company.
22 EVP executive design director, Kevin Sharkey, talked about his responsibilities and how they evolved over the years.
23 Kevin also talked about our offices, and the historic Starrett-Lehigh building.
24 Isaac had a good time listening to all the presentations.
25 Kevin had the group guess how big the building is and how many square feet our offices occupy. Our office space is currently the largest single office area in Manhattan - it covers the space of one New York City block.
26 Before leaving the conference room, all the children remained in their seats for a quick snapshot.
27 Kevin then took the group on a tour of our offices.
28 He showed them the Hudson River, and the various buildings outside our window.
29 He took them to the 3-D printer to see how it worked - the children were mesmerized.
30 They all wanted to try the machine.
31 Kevin showed the kids his office - filled floor to ceiling with books, organized by color.
32 They walked through the various craft rooms, and show rooms.
33 Along the way, they all saw me as I finished up a meeting with some members of my editorial team.
34 The tour moved on to the prop library, where we keep all the furniture and items needed for our magazine shoots.
35 Mickayla and Hayden helped prepare the day's lunch in our test kitchen.
36 Kevin gathered the group one last time for Q & A.
37 And then lunch - here is a tray full of delicious and tender asparagus. I brought it all in from my farm in Bedford, New York - fresh from my garden.
38 Lunch also included a wonderful green salad.
39 And, pizza from Co.
40 To drink, a home prepared lemonade.
41 Yehuda, and many of the parents, joined their kids for lunch.
42 This happy trio are Mia, daughter of Luis Rodriguez, along with Genesis and Angie, nieces of Ana Velasquez. Both Ana and Luis are part of our facilities staff.
43 Here is Kevin with Isaac and his sister, Jordana.
44 Next - a tour of my office and a short visit with me.
45 I showed them all the Freedom Tower from my window.
46 For snack, the children had chocolate chip cookies.
47 And, pomegranate juice.
49 It was a very informative, interesting and fun day.
50 Maybe a little crazy too! We all had a lovely time.