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.

Mobile Smarts: 6 Ways to Save Wherever You Roam

If you're fortunate enough to live in a country that is a member of the European Union, then, due to legislation that comes into effect on December 15, 2015, you'll pay the same rates whether you make mobile phone calls or send text messages in your home country or throughout the European Union. more

What to Serve When Meeting Time is Tight

In North America, when the timeframe for a meeting is tight, groups often opt for continental breakfasts* and working lunches to make it possible to cover more meeting content. A typical North American style working lunch is served buffet style in the meeting room. Once everyone has more

Luxury Resorts in Latin America

For corporate groups in search of an unforgettable venue for an executive retreat or to reward a team that has produced outstanding results, it isn't always necessary to travel to a destination on the other side of the world. Latin America has a number of hidden gems that are well worth more

Vivid Sydney Festival Illuminates Sydney, Australia

The Vivid Sydney Festival started last Friday and it runs until the 2nd Monday in June. This 18 day event is a joyous celebration with 3 main components: Vivid Music: There's something for everyone whether tastes are classical or avant garde. Musical collaborations create a fusion of various more

Whit Monday Traditions Around the World

Two years ago, when I was in Germany for IMEX Frankfurt, I took the train and re-traced my steps to Bacharach. I have previously told the story about missing my stop and getting off at Oberwesel. A passenger who got off the train at that stop offered to accompany back to Bacharach. "It's a more

International Snack Ideas for Business Meetings

On LinkedIn, a new event planner recently asked: "What type of coffee break do you choose for events? " I responded "It depends," then clarified my answer. I've facilitated team building retreats and workshops and planned corporate events in 14 countries. Through these experiences, I've learned more

Event Budgeting: 9 More Tips for Avoiding Sticker Shock

It's not easy to create event budget with no surprise. There are often unanticipated expenses, fees and incidentals that can add up quickly. Here are some important costs to keep in mind to avoid sticker shock. Wi-Fi: Don't assume that this is included. Wi-Fi costs need to be clarified for more

Corporate Event Venues: 3 Exotic Safari Resorts

Event Planners can always count on IMEX to find hidden gems that one may not otherwise discover including off the beaten track adventures and event venues that deliver exotic experiences straight from the bucket list. Think stunning locations in natural surroundings which surpass the comforts more

London Unveils Creative Thinking for Events

To successfully design and executive events, a blend of analytical, logical, and creative skills are needed but it's creativity that adds the "wow" factor. In fact, 53% of event planners responding to a recent study in conjunction with the London Convention Bureau’s Love the Event, Love more

7 Tips for Effective Content Marketing

Content marketing is a powerful tool for event planners, corporations and associations. It has many benefits and can be used to: stay in touch with prospective and existing clients, members, sponsors, and donors establish yourself or your organization as an expert convey expertise reinforce more
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