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.

8 Spring Themes for Corporate Events

It's official. After much anticipation, spring is officially here. It's time to think out of the garden box and tie some spring flair into your corporate events. Here are some themes guaranteed to put your attendees in the mood for spring:   Cherry Blossom Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry more

12 Strategies to Increase Attendee Engagement

  Long before I was involved in event planning, I designed and facilitated training development for major corporations as an employee and an independent consultant. Through this experience, I learned that event and conference planners can greatly boost attendee engagement by borrowing more

10 Terrific Themes for Corporate Events

Whether you're planning business meetings, brainstorming sessions, galas, or team building, the right theme will set the tone for corporate events. Themes can also be instrumental in conveying complex information during presentations, conferences and training and development programs. Use your more

4 Wonderful Winter Gala Venues in Ontario, Canada

With the Canadian dollar at an 11 year low against the US dollar, it's an ideal time for event and meeting planners in the United States to stretch their budgets in Canada. As the winter season approaches, there are a number of venues that are perfect for winter galas. Here are 4 to more

Christmas Eve Special: Julefest in Solvang, California

In 1911, three immigrants from Denmark purchased over 9,000 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was their dream to create a Danish colony. They advertised in Danish newspapers and sold tracks of land to other Danish immigrants. Solvang quickly grew. After World War II ended, the town more

Port Hope, Ontario - A Magical Town for the Festive Season

The Cvent Blog has profiled a number of Canadian towns that provide a memorable setting for corporate events in the weeks before Christmas. Meeting and event planners can add Port Hope, an enchanting Victorian village on Lake Ontario, to the list. Port Hope has the distinction of being the town more

Hot Technology at CES 2016

It is important for event planners to stay on top of trends in the consumer market as technology innovation in the consumer sector shapes the expectations of event participants. Every year, the Consumer Technology Association hosts the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a mega-event ( more

4 Ways to Use Drones in the Events Industry

Drones are starting to pop up all over the events industry. If you're thinking of incorporating drones into events, here are 4 ideas that have been tried and tested. High Action Sporting Events Some sports, like polo, involve fast action and cover a large field. In others, like show jumping, more

Event Marketing and Design: Charting Your Course for 2016

After the last event of the festive season is over, the last few weeks of the year and the first weeks of the new year are notoriously quiet periods. It's an ideal time for event and meeting planners to take stock of performance over the last 12 months and map out their strategy for the coming more

2016 Hot Event Industry Trends

At the threshold of a new year, event and meeting planners are able to take a breather. It's important to keep events fresh, unique and alive, year after year. Devoting quality time to spotting trends can be helpful in shaping future events. Cvent Blog has been discussing a number of them more
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