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Ms. Buahene

Adwoa Buahene

Co-founder / Managing Partner, n-gen People Performance Inc.

As a managing partner and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc. (www.ngenperformance.com) Adwoa K. Buahene works with C-suite leaders and HR teams to understand and build strategies and programs that target, motivate and engage all four generations. With over 13 years of training and performance consulting experience, Ms. Buahene has devoted the last 7 years to researching and creating solutions that measurably improve workplace productivity. Industry leaders in both the private and public sector have leveraged Ms. Buahene's generational expertise since 2003. As co-founder of n-gen, she has presented at North America's leading HR conferences, written numerous whitepapers and co-authored the book Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations. She is regularly quoted in national newspapers and trade magazines, radio and television. Ms. Buahene has a master's degree in analytic philosophy from Dalhousie University and was recently nominated for an RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Human Resource Professionals of Ontario, and Provincial Partnership Council. She is the chair of the United Way Allocations Panel, and executive committee board member of VHA Home Health Care. About n-gen n-gen has worked with 10 of the 14 Canadian Fortune 500 companies. n-gen's diverse client group spans small, medium & large enterprises, including 5 of the top 6 Canadian banks, 20 leading post-secondary institutions in North America, 12 of Canada's largest energy companies, and government agencies at the federal, provincial, and municipal level. More than 25,000 people have benefited from n-gen's expertise in the last 6 years, by attending a workshop or a presentation. n-gen's training programs, e-learning, and consulting services provide people managers at all levels, from front line to CEO, the strategies and techniques needed to manage, engage and lead a multigenerational workforce.

Ms. Buahene can be contacted at 416-362-7564 or abuahene@ngenperformance.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.