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Ms. Kane

Victoria Kane

Counsel & Compliance Manager, Shiftgig, Inc.

Victoria Kane has extensive experience as legal advisor and management consultant in all areas of labor and employment law for various industries, such as hospitality, food service, staffing, advertising, marketing, technology, dealerships, colleges, government agencies and non-profit organizations. She has developed and implemented corporate university training for Fortune 500 businesses across North America. She has created and led coalitions of employers, franchisors, Chambers of Commerce, schools, and associations to develop education and job training opportunities for industry sectors, focused on upgrading skills and training of U.S. Veterans and individuals with hiring barriers (such as English language skills, disabilities, and non-violent criminal records). She has legal experience vigorously defending employers against single plaintiff and class action federal and state employment matters; and developing effective enterprise risk management strategies. Ms. Kane has thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Kendall College for over four years. Kendall is the Number One Chicago program for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management. (TNS Global - 2013 Survey) Victoria develops content and assessments for teaching both on-ground and online courses in Legal Issues in Hospitality Management, Bankruptcy & Reorganization, Human Resources Management, and Risk Management. She also developed the Contract Law course for the Laureate partner school in Saudi Arabia. Currently, Ms. Kane serves as Counsel & Compliance Manager for Shiftgig, Inc., connecting millions of people to millions of shifts with employers in hospitality, retail, customer service and light industrial verticals. Shiftgig uses proprietary technology and mobile/web apps to continually assess worker demographics, time-to-fill efficiencies, and value-added services for year-round rapid deployment of a qualified talent pool.

Please visit http://shiftgig.com for more information.

Ms. Kane can be contacted at 312-489-5666 or vkane@shiftgig.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.