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Ms. Donnally

Trish Donnally

Public Relations Manager, Perkins Eastman

Trish Donnally is the Public Relations Manager for Perkins Eastman. She has built her career on writing about and promoting inspiring design. Previously, Ms. Donnally was Regional Public Relations Director for Gensler and Director of Public Relations for ForrestPerkins.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Donnally was Editor in Chief of Washington Spaces, a design magazine owned by The Washington Post that she helped launch in 2004 to celebrate the work of talented architects and interior designers. Ms. Donnally has co-authored three books on design. The first, The New Traditional with Darryl Carter, one of Architectural Digest's Top 100, Clarkson Potter / Publishers, 2008, is in its third printing. Elle Decor named her second book, The Collected Home, also co-authored with Darryl Carter, among the Best Design Books of Winter 2012. And she co-authored Ingenue to Icon with Howard V. Kurtz, D Giles Limited, London, 2015.

Prior to that, Ms. Donnally was Fashion Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where she interviewed Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others, and was honored with more than two dozen national journalism awards. She covered the runway collections in Milan, Paris, and New York for 15 years. Ms. Donnally holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland.

Please visit https://www.perkinseastman.com for more information.

Ms. Donnally can be contacted at 202-239-4588 or t.donnally@perkinseastman.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.