Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Segar

Adrian Segar

President, Conferences That Work

Adrian Segar has designed, organized, and facilitated conferences for thirty years. He has been designing participant-driven and participation-rich events, commonly known as unconferences, since 1992. His book Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, published in November 2009, has been described as "THE how-to manual" on creating events that truly engage and capitalize on attendees' collective wisdom and experience. Mr. Segar blogs regularly on event design, logistics, presentations, and many other related topics at www.conferencesthatwork.com. Mr. Segar is an acknowledged innovator and speaker on participant-driven event design. In May 2011, BizBash Magazine named him as one of "The 68 Most Innovative Event Professionals". He is also an enthusiastic proponent of the Meeting Architecture movement that aims to recast our ideas about how event professionals think about meeting design. Mr. Segar has a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics, owned a solar energy manufacturing company, taught college level computer science for ten years, and was an independent information technology consultant for over twenty years. He lives in Marlboro, Vermont, is the president of two non-profits - edACCESS and the Marlboro School Association - and loves to sing and dance.

Mr. Segar can be contacted at 802-254-3566 or adrian@segar.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.