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Ms. Curtis

Nina Curtis

Founder & President, The Nile Institute

Nina Curtis is the founder and president of the Nile Institute, 'A Source Vit'al', located in West Hollywood, California. The Nile Institute is dedicated to offering exceptional wellness services, the finest in quality personal care products and information that is relevant for its clients to make responsible choices about their individual wellness, beauty and personal care needs. Motivating, dynamic, and inspirational all describe Nina Curtis' interaction with audiences during seminars, lectures, workshops and keynote speeches. Ms. Curtis' enthusiasm and sincere desire to move her audience to action, has captured the attention of many corporations looking for leadership and consulting in the areas of corporate communications, sales force and technical training. Known as the "Esthetician's, Esthetician", Ms. Curtis has a twenty-plus year history in the professional skin care industry, where she is respected as an innovative skin care specialist, educator, lecturer and businesswoman. Originally licensed as a cosmetologist, Ms. Curtis has obtained certification in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupressure, Micro Current, Reiki and Color Light Therapy. Ms. Curtis has trained throughout the United States, France, Germany, Australia and England. She received her Bachelor degree of Science in Management and her MBA from Pepperdine University and is also a graduate of the Lynwood Business Institute. Recognized as a trailblazer, Curtis has served as a volunteer member of the Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Council and as Director of Education for Aesthetics International Association. Through her work with many of the cosmetics' industry heavy-hitters, she has been instrumental in the development and execution of training modules and programs for salons and spas. Ms. Curtis continues to travel internationally to heighten the standards of the professional skin care industry. Ms. Curtis has received five "Teacher of the Year" awards from the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design, located in Los Angeles, California, which inducted her into the Hall of Fame. In 2002 Ms. Curtis received the coveted 'Distinguished Alumna Award' from Pepperdine University for her outstanding accomplishments in serving humankind through the humane pursuits of business, for participating in building a stronger university and for her personal character as an example to all of the university's students, alumni and faculty. Ms. Curtis has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program that provides skin care and cosmetic seminars for cancer survivors. Ms. Curtis has also reached out to the future business community as a volunteer speaker and valued mentor for the Academy of Business Leadership program located on several Southern California college campuses. Ms. Curtis currently serves on the UC Irvine Spa & Hospitality Management advisory board.

Ms. Curtis can be contacted at 310-275-6453 or curtiscomm@earthlink.net

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.