Posts by Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A.,  @executiveoasis has  been blogging for Cvent Blog 5 times a week since May, 2011.

Anne is the President of Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building and management consulting firm specializing in team building retreatsexecutive retreatsteam building and corporate event planning. She has designed and delivered programmes for executives, managers and professionals from 16 countries.

Executive Oasis International offers services in Canada, USA, the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman), the Caribbean (Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, the Grenadines, St. Lucia),  Europe (Germany, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy), and Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan).

Editorial Calendar:

  • Monday: Business Meetings 411 Tips for taking Meetings, Conferences, and Team Building to the Next Level
  • Tuesday: Incentive Destinations Destination Specific Event Planning Tips/Mini Destination Profiles
  • Wednesday: Corporate Event & Meeting Venues
  • Thursday: Corporate Event Challenges & Solutions
  • Friday: Corporate Events  Creative Event Ideas, Eye Popping Events & Exhibits, Planner Smarts, Breaking News, What's New, What's Hot (including team recreation, hot trends, tools, gifts & gadgets)

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.



About Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada.  She shaped the management development strategy for two major Canadian corporations.

Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non-profit sector, and film and television. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops and team building for over 2000 executives, managers and professionals. She has worked with a number of clients from Gulf (GCC) countries in the Middle East.

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The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.

Corporate Groups Can Say "The Butler Did It"

Think butlers are the domain of the aristocracy or period pieces like Downton Abbey? Think again. Butlers are a surprisingly affordable service enhancement for corporate groups.  Butler service is a great convenience for business travellers who usually find that suits and casual clothing have more

Incentive Destinations: Easter Island

As we are just coming out of Easter season, I thought it would be interesting to learn about Easter Island (Isla de Pascua), a perfect choice for corporate groups that have seen it all. Getting to Easter Island is easier now that there are flights from Lima, Peru. (LAN has direct flights to more

10 Ways to Bring Mother Nature into Any Event

Although snow is still putting in an occasional appearance in Canada and parts of the U.S. and Europe, event calendars are well into spring. Regardless of your budget, adding a touch of nature will freshen up event venues. Here are 10 ways to bring Spring and nature into any event. Select a more

Corporate Events: Candy Factory Tours

It's just before Easter weekend. The National Confectioner’s Association estimates that means $2.1 billion worth of Easter candy and chocolates. It's the ideal time to mention that, for a unique experience for corporate events, especially those that are family friendly, event planners more

Beach Resorts in Freeport, The Bahamas

Today, as a follow up to my recent Cvent Event Blog post, 10 Places to Explore in Nassau and Freeport, I'll look at 4 of the beach resorts near Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort Just re-opened after extensive renovations and re-branding, Memories more

1000 Islands, Ontario

​​If you can't get away to one of the exotic island destinations Cvent Event Blog has been profiling, head to 1000 Islands, the ultimate waterfront destination along the St. Lawrence River near the communities of Gananoque, Brockville, Cornwall, Prescott and Kingston, Ontario. Gananoque at the more

10 Active Learning Methods to Retain Short Attention Spans

A huge misconception that has been shaping the design of learning content for meetings and conferences is that, in order to retain the attention of participants, presentations should be short with a new speaker brought on stage. This is based on the fact many studies have concluded that: more

Not Your Standard Chicken Dish

Chicken has long been considered a reliable albeit somewhat boring choice for corporate events, weddings and other special events when budgets are tight. Yet, chicken  is a versatile dish that can be customized to fit just about any theme or occasion. To add excitement to chicken dinners more

Ignite Business Event Expo Keynotes Encourage Persistence and Creativity

A few hours after Ignite Business Event Expo 2014 opened, the booths were temporarily closed and Jennifer Gilbert, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of New York's Save the Date stood at the podium. She quickly moved beyond her polished image and reminded us that while "the scars don't show" more

Ignite Business Event Expo Returns to Toronto with Informative Content #ibe2014

This week, as part of Canada MeetWeek, Toronto's 3rd Annual Ignite Business Event Expo took place. The show, which integrated the arts, kicked off with a dance performance by A2D2 and Mime to Mime. During their opening remarks, Ignite MagazineCo-founders and Co-publishers Richard Elliot and more
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