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Mr. Van Slyke

Erik Van Slyke

Managing Director, Solleva

Erik Van Slyke is a change leader, executive coach, author, blogger and educator who advises some of the world's leading organizations how to create and navigate change, improve organizational collaboration and develop human capital. As managing director of Solleva, he helps organizations plan for, implement and manage change by coaching change leaders and strengthening project team capability.  His innovative approach to leading project-based change was named a Best Idea in HR by Human Resource Executive. With more than two decades in consulting and HR leadership roles, Mr. Van Slyke's clients include both domestic and global organizations across a broad range of industries.

Prior to Solleva he led the Northeast Human Capital Management practice at Buck Consultants and held senior consulting roles with Deloitte and SHL. In addition, Mr. Van Slyke served as the executive vice president of human resources for Reuters Americas. Mr. Van Slyke's blog is read in more than 80 countries around the world, and his articles and quotes on change, operational strategy and conflict resolution have appeared in publications that include The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Business Horizons, CIO, and HR Executive. His book, Listening to Conflict (AMACOM Books), was named by Soundview's Executive Summaries as a Top 30 Business Book of 1999, published in multiple languages and reissued in paperback on its tenth anniversary.

As an educator, Mr. Van Slyke has held adjunct faculty roles with Auburn University and Centenary College (NJ) where he has taught courses in business strategy, management and entrepreneurship. His research explores organizational change, leadership practice and development, and transformational learning.

Mr. Van Slyke received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA in psychology from Hobart College.

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

Mr. Van Slyke can be contacted at 646-623-4823 or erik.vanslyke@solleva.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.