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Ms. Kovary

Giselle Kovary

President, n-gen People Performance

As president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc., Ms. Kovary is dedicated to building strategies and programs that help clients target, motivate and engage employees in order to increase performance and productivity. She is a sought after resource to industry leaders, having worked with 18 of the top Fortune 500 companies across North America, including Chevron, Cisco, TJX and Xerox. Over 60,000 people globally have experienced an n-gen workshop or presentation. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than a dozen years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance. Ms. Kovary has created solutions and programs in five practice areas - sales & customer service, leadership, team building, Millennials and human resources. As a human resources expert, Ms. Kovary is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio. n-gen partners with clients to deliver existing 'off-the-shelf' learning programs from our library of 27 courses, or designs custom learning solutions. Our highly interactive learning programs engage all levels within an organization, from C-suite executives to front line employees. All n-gen training is based on the two books Ms. Kovary has co-authored: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. Ms. Kovary has a Master's degree in communication studies from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and raises money for breast cancer research in her free time.

Please visit http://www.ngenperformance.com for more information.

Ms. Kovary can be contacted at 416-362-7564 or gkovary@ngenperformance.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.