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.

Mountain Resorts in New England

A picturesque location, comfortable temperatures even in the summer, a range of activities for teams, and excellent meeting facilities, that is what event planners will find in the resorts and resorts communities in the mountains of New England. Today we'll look at 3 of them. Topnotch Resort and more

Incentive Destinations: White Mountains in New Hampshire

As a Canadian teenager, I used to look forward to visiting New Hampshire when I was a camper at Frontier Lodge Christian Youth Camp near the U.S. border. Now, for corporate groups in search of relief during the steaming summer months, I can recommend the White Mountains, which cover 25% of more

Gamification: 9 Tips for Using Games in Meetings (From the School of Hard Knocks)

Whether you use board games, card games, computer games, social media games, or games in a game show format, gamification can be an effective strategy for engaging participants during meetings, training and development programs, conferences, and team building. When it comes to games, one size more

National Dance Day: Time to Reflect on Dance for Corporate Events

Tomorrow is the 4th annual Official National Dance Day, created by Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of So You Think You Can Dance, the hit TV show that has done more to raise the profile of dance than any initiative in recent memory. This celebration of dance, takes place on the last Saturday more

10 Tips for Creating Child-Friendly Menus for Corporate Events

For incentive trips, conferences and other corporate events that include family members, it's important for event planners to give careful consideration to children's menus. Simply serving the same gourmet dishes that the adults are eating will result in waste if they are not pleasing to a child' more

3 Gorgeous Garden Venues in the Americas

During the summer and in destinations located in sunny climates, garden venues are guaranteed to delight guests. Here are 4 gorgeous garden venues in the Americas. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Michigan) Set on 132 acres, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, more

4 Fabulous Flower Festivals

Flower festivals are a time when destinations come alive. It's the perfect opportunity for corporate groups to experience the colour, music, and excitement of a destination. The Cvent Event Blog has previously looked at 2 flower festivals in Brussels, the flower carpet that gets rolled out more

Team Building and Temperament

A photo of a Lion and the Zebra taking refreshment side by side from a pool of water, inspired me to reflect on the different personalities and temperaments that need to come together to create effective teams. For teams, it is often said that "diversity is our strength". This is more than a cliché more

Artists Delivering the Wow Factor for Corporate Events

It's been a full month of artistic inspiration. It started when Erik Wahl's keynote at the Cvent Corporate Business and Association Business Summits knocked it out of the park. Then, Michael Buble's concert in Toronto blew me away so much I had to blog about it. I also caught the performances of more

Dining Options for Staggered Arrivals

Even for some internal meetings and conferences, attendee arrivals can be staggered. There can be delays in flight arrivals. Even if a lot of participants are local, there can be significant delays due to traffic jams, problems on the subway system, accidents that block roads, flooding or, in more
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