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Ms. Benjamin

Beth Benjamin

Senior Director of CX Strategy Research Group, Medallia

Beth Benjamin is the senior director of Medallia's CX Strategy Research group. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting research, teaching and writing in the field of organizational science. Formerly the head of the Stanford Graduate School of Business' Center for Leadership Development & Research and the Stanford GLOBE Initiative, Ms. Benjamin has led research and consulting projects for large organizations, small startups, nonprofits and professional services firms, often on an international scale. Previously, she was an organizational behaviorist at the RAND Corporation, where she conducted research in the areas of human resource strategy, implementing large-scale change, and employment law. During that time she also held a joint appointment at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Ms. Benjamin has authored a number of articles published in both scholarly journals and the applied business press. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior) from Stanford University; M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland; and B.A. from Cornell University.

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Ms. Benjamin can be contacted at 650-321-3000 or bbenjamin@medallia.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.