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.

9 Timely Topics for Meeting Planner Conferences

As event and meeting planners design upcoming corporate meetings and conferences, it's extremely important to keep abreast of developments on the global landscape. There have been a number of recent international development that will have an impact on events. Here are some topics that will more

The 5 Skills that Will Boost Your Confidence in Front of Audiences

As event planners, there is often a need to speak in front of an audience. At some events, meeting and event planners, make announcements, give instructions, introduce speakers and panelists, and wrap up and summarize events. For many, this comes naturally, while others struggle with nerves. Well, more

15 Tips for Designing Family-Friendly Events for Families with Infants

Today's post is inspired by Frank Stevens, an event professional based in Amsterdam. He started a discussion in a LinkedIn about accommodating the needs of mothers with nursing infants attending events. It's an important topic but it has rarely been addressed. It got me thinking and remembering more

Jungle Retreats and Eco-Lodges in Central America

Corporate groups interested in jungle team building or executive retreats in a rainforest setting can find jungle resorts and eco-lodges closer to home than they realize. Blancaneaux Lodge (Belize) Start with what was once the exclusive, secluded hideaway of Francis Ford Coppola, add a waterfall more

Montreal: 5 Winter Festivals

During the winter Montreal,heats up with a number of winter festivals. It's a way of encouraging Montreal residents and visitors alike to get out and explore the city instead of giving in to the temptation to hibernate during when the weather outside is frosty. Igloofest (Mid-January to more

3 Innovative European Concepts for Event Planners

Today, I continue our exploration of innovative concepts that are unfamiliar to North American event planners and how they can be applied during meetings and events. Our focus is on 3 innovative concepts from Europe. Hygge - Denmark: The rough translation for "hygge" is "togetherness" or "coziness" more

What's Cool: 40 Wonderful Winter Menu Ideas

For winter events, the right menu can be soothing. It can give attendees a sense of warmth and comfort. Menu items can also be decorated or presented to form part of the decor and color scheme for the event. The most interesting menu selections don't always have to come from winter more

9 Winter Event Decor Ideas to Wow Your Guests

For event planners located outside winter destinations, snow, snowflakes, snowmen, icicles, polar bears, and white easily come to mind when thinking of decor for winter themes. Event planners in winter destinations are aware of the richer color palette and subtle design elements that can more

Small Meeting Secrets: Designing Scalable Events II

Last week, I discussed some of the factors that have made it necessary for event planners and facilitators to focus on designing or re-designing events that are scalable. Some of the strategies discussed in that blog post may be all an event planner needs to scale an event to the degree that it more

3 Secluded Caribbean Resorts for Executive Retreats

For executive teams that desire a Caribbean setting where maximum privacy can be ensured, the Caribbean has a number of options. Here are 3 more secluded Caribbean resorts: The Caves, Negril, Jamaica Located in Negril, The Caves is a cluster of 12 cliff-side, 1- and 2-bedroom thatched-roof cottages, more
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