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.

U.S. Hotels and Resorts with All-Inclusive Packages

In Canada where I am based, hotels and resorts that offer all-inclusive packages are popular for both leisure and group travel. The request by a client to find a US all inclusive can leave event planners stumped. There is a common misperception that Club Med's Sandpiper Bay, 45 minutes from more

Back to School: MPI Competency Framework for Meeting and Event Planners

At this time of year, now that the children are settled back in school, event and meeting planners should devote some time and attention to their own personal and professional development. An understanding of the competencies and skills required can be of great benefit in identifying areas more

Nashville Music City to Shine with CMA Awards

Nashville, Tennessee: it's earned the reputation of music city and with good reason. From the early settlers who fiddled in the 18th century to world-renowned music venues like Ryman Auditorium, the Bluebird Cafe, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Grand Ole Opry, it has long been regarded as more

More Metrics for Measuring Meeting R.O.I.

Measuring the ROI. of meetings and events and pinpointing their impact on corporate performance is an important yet challenging area of focus for meeting and event planners. It's one of the keys to ensuring the longevity and success of the industry in the corporate sector. The CMO Council of more

13 Tips for Creating Great Hospitality Suites for Corporate Events

Many hotels have executive lounges and large tradeshows usually provide suites for hosted buyers. Hospitality suites can also add tremendous value for private corporate events. Hospitality suites are often used as a place for attendees to gather and relax after the day is through but they can more

10 Tips to Avoid AV Surprises and Glitches

Fortunately, it doesn't happen often but every now and  then something goes really wrong with audio-visual and it can really derail a meeting, conference, or event. How can event planners avoid audio-visual surprises? Keep your options open. Don't automatically go with the preferred supplier. more

What Event Planners Can Learn From Fashion Week

Fashion Week, it's the time when the world's top fashion designers and emerging designers unveil their creations around the world. For women's wear, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week takes place during 2 seasons, beginning in New York City during the second week of September for the Spring/Summer more

Incentive Destinations: Midi-Pyrenees, France

With rolling hills, vineyards that stress for miles, canals and medieval towns, Midi-Pyrenees is France's largest region encompassing 8 departements (including Haute Garonne, Hautes Pyrenees, and Aveyron). Located in southwest France, its boundaries are the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, more

15 Tips for Welcoming Unexpected Meeting and Corporate Event Guests

Unexpected arrivals usually fall into 2 categories: Guests arriving at an unexpected time (early or late arrivals). Flights get delayed, major thunderstorms of blizzards can wreak havoc with traffic, and at times there are even unexpected delays on subway systems. Attendees who did not more

Treetop Trekking

Have you ever taken any of your corporate groups tree trekking? Even though Labour Day was just a few days ago and the official start of autumn is not for several weeks, the fall foliage is slowly starting to appear in many destinations. Treetop trekking (also known as treetop walking) is more
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