In her one-bedroom apartment with views of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River, Tesa Lau hosts dinner parties a couple of times each month with the goal of connecting people.
Dubbed the “Cool Kids Din Din” (#coolkidsdindin), Tesa brings together friends, neighbors, and new people to engage in meaningful conversation over wine, cocktails, and a delicious meal she prepares. Guests are expected to be open to meeting people, to be camera ready for her social media posts, and to leave their political correctness and diets at the door.
“It’s an intimate ambience,” she says. “My goal is to create a sense of community and to create a environment for thoughtful conversations.
“It’s an attempt to counter what I see in this culture of superficiality, one where we don’t talk to our own neighbors,” she says. “I worked hard to overcome my own insecurities, and now it’s easy for me to connect to people.”
Tesa is a connector both in her personal and professional lives. A part of the multi-platform, digital content boom for the last decade, she has been critical in strategizing and launching dozens of public initiatives and partnerships for four video and content ventures.
Currently, she’s founder and CEO of Accomplice(s), a 360-degree marketing firm. Her network includes a diverse mix of content creators, celebs, artists, athletes, and social influencers that have an audience of over 250 million across all major social platforms.
Tesa recently managed a multi-month 1893 (Pepsi) and Caesar’s Palace campaign in Las Vegas, which sparked a national conversation. In her typical outgoing style, she encouraged her Silver Towers community to enter the contests. A fellow resident, as well as Joner Hall, Silver Towers Resident Relations Manager, both won the grand trip prize to travel to Las Vegas for the event.
Tesa moved to New York City in 2010 and lived at Silver Towers for over a year. She was immediately drawn to the building for its pool – “one of the best lap pools in the city,” she says. After moving to the west coast, she returned to Manhattan, and Silver Towers, in February 2016. Tesa came back for the luxury building, resort amenities and familiarity of the staff.
What has changed, though, is the neighborhood. Now there are so many more offerings available and an overall boost in the vibe of the area, she notes. Some of her favorite spots are the rooftop view of Ink48, dinner at 44 & X or Pio Pio, and sampling the food and beverage options at Gotham Market.
Tesa’s next Cool Kids Din Din will be on Election Night. Whomever the American voters select, Tesa’s guests will still be able to expect a great night.