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Ms. Khorshid

Lema Khorshid

Founding Partner, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Lema Khorshid is one of the founding partners at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC where she handles a wide range of legal matters for small to mid-sized closely held businesses in Chicago and New York. She frequently assists her clients with corporate transactional and intellectual property matters; and, for the past three years she has been lead counsel on several mergers and acquisitions that have taken her clients all over the globe. Her proactive and team centric approach to counseling her business clients means empowering them with practical and creative legal solutions that are closely intertwined to their business strategy. Rather than teaching them how to react to a “legal crisis”, Ms. Khorshid encourages her clients to be proactive about their business ventures by developing sound legal and business strategies that work in tandem to help them maximize their profit and ensure their long term success. Ms. Khorshid is frequently invited to guest speak at Small Business Centers all over Chicago, where she teaches workshops to entrepreneurs on a myriad of legal and business issues that affect their businesses. In 2009, Ms. Khorshid was honored by the Business Ledger for being one of the twenty two influential women in business in Chicago. Prior to being a partner at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, Ms. Khorshid spent over six years consulting hospitality, fashion, and entertainment clients on their branding and public relations strategies and initiatives in Chicago. Her clients included several prominent fashion retail establishments, hotels, nightclubs, and restaurant groups such as: The W Hotels, The Park Hyatt Chicago, Le Meridien, The Sutton Place, The Whitehall, crobar, DKNY, French Connection, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, Thomas Pink, and Bloomingdale's, to name a few. Ms. Khorshid sits on the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, The Gateway for Cancer Research, and The Light Project. She has chaired several large scale fundraisers to support arts and cultural initiatives in underprivileged communities; brought awareness to Chicago's fashion and arts scene; and, raised thousands of dollars to support educational initiatives for entrepreneurs. Since 2006, she founded and chaired the BizOver™, a large scale marketing and networking platform for entrepreneurs. Ms. Khorshid received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Finance and Marketing, with a concentration in International Business and Italian (2000). She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago (2004). Ms. Khorshid is proficient in Arabic, French, and Italian. In her time away from the office, Ms. Khorshid loves international travel, is a self proclaimed foodie, and has a penchant for fashion and film.

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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.