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.

Dry Runs for Glitch-Free Events

Rehearsals, dry runs, and run-throughs used to be an important aspect of business in general and event planning in particular. But over time, more value has been placed on business competencies like "learning on the fly," managing change, and thriving in the midst of chaos. "Winging it" has more

Fortified Village Resorts & Masserias in Europe

When it's time to "kick it up a notch" and deliver an unforgettable experience to wow corporate event guests, Europe's ancient fortified villages and Masserias are guaranteed to have an impact. Some have been transformed into luxury resorts and hotels where guests can enjoy modern comforts more

Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico

Today, I present another post in my "Places You've Never Heard Of" series. If your group consists of executives who are adventure enthusiasts and they've seen and done it all, where can you take them to hit your next executive retreat out of the park? Chihuahua's Copper Canyon: It's 4 times as more

Designing Multi-Generational Meetings and Conferences

It is important to design conferences and learning programs with the recognition that participants may be in various phases of their careers and lives. An emerging professional is not going to have the same needs as someone who is nearing retirement. Employees with young children won't have the more

2015 Fall Colors, Cuisine and Decor for Events

Two days ago, the calendar flipped to fall. For event planners in the process of planning fall events (and looking ahead to winter), color and cuisine are two of the most powerful touches to reflect the season. An Evolving Color Landscape Once again, the Pantone Color Institute has identified more

Room Block Strategies II: Managing Incidentals & Special Situations

Group incentive trips are the perfect opportunity to express appreciation to top producers. Building in enough flexibility for guests to customize their experience is a welcome bonus. The opportunity to bring children and spouses increases the value of incentive trips. After all, a supportive more

Manor Houses and Country Estates in the UK and Ireland

When executive teams require a secluded setting to devote uninterrupted time to business, country estates and manor houses are worth considering. There are many available in the United Kingdom. The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa at Bolton Abbey (England) With 40 guests rooms  and 2 suites in the more

Fabulous Fall Food Festivals in London

With autumn arriving across the Northern Hemisphere, there will be a tendency to spend more and more time indoors over the coming weeks. The desire for the soothing warmth of comfort food increases at this time of year. Event planners and their guests can sample culinary delights and pick up more

10 Reminders for Hassle Free Foreign Meetings

When planning meetings at foreign destinations, it's important to ensure that guests experience minimal hassles after their long flights. Careful attention should be given to easing the transition after landing as well as when checking in and settling into the hotel. These 10 steps will help more

Secrets for Creating Buzz-Worthy Events From ACTRA Studio District Film Party

A Hollywood or movie themed event is the perfect way to add sparkle, punch, and pizzazz to galas and special events. The best places to find inspiration are from events thrown by film industry insiders. With the theme "ACTRA Gets Loose."  ACTRA's Studio District Film Party, which took place more
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