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Ms. Abel-Lanier

Kimberly Abel-Lanier

Vice President & General Manager Workforce Solutions, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Kimberly Abel-Lanier is the Vice President and General Manager, Workforce Solutions for Maritz Motivation Solutions. In this role, Ms. Abel-Lanier has the responsibility for leading the strategy and development of the company's employee recognition solution, CultureNext. Ms. Abel-Lanier has always been passionate about helping companies create a culture of engagement and purpose. She believes in and strives through her work to make the world a better place to work. Ms. Abel-Lanier has over 20 years of experience in employee engagement strategies and has worked with many F500 global brands to improve their cultures. Previously Ms. Abel-Lanier held the role of Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Inspirus, a privately held company focused on workforce recognition solutions and service awards. Before Inspirus, she was the Co-Founder and President of Prosperiti, a privately held company focused on providing enterprise performance technologies to Fortune 1000 companies. Ms. Abel-Lanier also served as the Vice President of Product Visioning and Performance Services for Cultureworx. Her clients have repeatedly won national awards for their solutions. Ms. Abel-Lanier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from North Central College, an MBA Certificate from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Thunderbird Global Management Program and the Villanova ROI Institute. Ms. Abel-Lanier is a founding member of Recognition Professionals International. She is currently serving on the Recognition Council for IMA. Ms. Abel-Lanier also participates on the Board of Directors for the Incentive Federation and is a judge for the Global Employee Engagement Awards.

Please visit https://www.maritzmotivation.com/employee-engagement for more information.

Ms. Abel-Lanier can be contacted at 817-507-7386 or kimberly.abel@maritz.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.