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).

Anne cut her teeth in event planning while serving on association boards including the Ontario Society for Training and Development (OSTD), the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and the MBA Women’s Association.

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.

6 Refreshing Frozen Treats Guests will Find Hard to Resist

Today is the last day of the annual National Ice Cream Month in the U.S. How are YOU going to celebrate? I discovered the impact that frozen treats can have on corporate groups when I used to work for a Canadian wireless communications firm. One year, there was a heat wave in the spring. more

6 Tips for Managing Upgrades and Extensions

For many foreign incentive trips and corporate retreats, attendees have the option of extending their stay pre- or post- the time their company has booked at a resort. Some organizations also give participants the option of upgrading to bring spouses and/or children. Here are 6 tips to keep in more

5 Cool Ice Bars to Beat the Heat

Temperatures have been climbing in Toronto where I am based so this motivated me to bring you ice bars we haven't discussed before. Some of them are brand new. Icebar (London) With a temperature of -5°C, Icebar is the only permanent ice bar in the UK. The venue has been fashioned from crystal more

Backstage Theatre Tours in London

London has a thriving theatre scene. A trip to London is a chance to take in ballet, opera, hit plays and musicals at London's West End theatres before they open on Broadway. Here is some trivia regarding some of Broadway's longest running shows. Did you know: Cats opened in London on May 11, more

Pan Am Games Show 7 Ways to Wow a Crowd

Last night, the closing ceremonies for the 2015 Pan Am Games took place in Toronto. International blockbuster events of this scale are always an opportunity to pick up ideas for conferences, corporate events, meetings, and other special events. Here are a few things that stood out from the more

Gift Grab Bag for Corporate Events

Christmas will be here before we know it and many events for which give-aways are needed are coming up in the latter part of the year. It's been a while so I thought it was about time to reach into the treasure troves of gift ideas that I've been collecting to share a few with Cvent Event more

Designing Spousal Programs for Corporate Events

While most guests involved in spousal programs for corporate events are still female, the demographic is gradually shifting and there are more and more men in attendance. Coming up with gender neutral activities and activities that are appealing for men can be a challenge. Today, I'll provide a more

Asia Boutique Hotels to Keep Your Cool in Summer

Southeast Asia summers are very hot. Even Tokyo, which is much further north experiences very high summer temperatures. Yet, there are still boutique hotels where corporate groups can keep their cool. The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia For small groups seeking a place to cool off in more

Incentive Destinations: St. George, Bermuda

Corporate groups in search of historic towns don't have to travel far across the ocean: Summer is prime season in Bermuda and St. George awaits. First settled by the British in 1612, (following a shipwreck in 1609 by a small fleet that was heading for Jamestown, Virginia), St. George is a more

10 More Tips to Trim Meeting Budgets

There are number of reasons that organizations may need to trim meeting budgets this year, as a number of international destinations are feeling the pinch of economic challenges. Likewise, it's important for meeting planners to be proactive and deliver value in an affordable manner, to avoid more
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