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Ms. Schuler

Cynthia M. Schuler

Human Resources Professional,

Cynthia Schuler, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPRW is a human resources professional who has been in the field for approximately 20 years. During her career, she has observed the transformation of human resources and has a passion for sharing her experiences to assist other human resources professionals nationally and internationally. Ms. Schuler's experience includes the oversight of the full life cycle of human resources to include talent acquisition and recruitment, onboarding, compensation administration, benefit negotiations and administration, employee relations, professional development and training, and regulatory compliance. Her experience extends beyond the basic life cycle to areas including affirmative action reporting, HRIS systems, learning management systems, applicant tracking systems, and diversity and inclusion. Ms. Schuler has published numerous articles and conducted presentations for multiple organizations including Society for Human Resources Japan INSIGHTS magazine, National Business Institute, Business and Legal Reports, and the American Management Association. She is also an author in an upcoming anthology entitled “Cultivating Culture” which was published by Red Letter Publishing in November of 2016. Ms. Schuler's articles and presentations include topics such as cultivating a positive organizational culture, change management, business etiquette, teambuilding, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and conflict resolution. Ms. Schuler received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and she received her Master's Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.

Ms. Schuler can be contacted at 301-343-7369 or cmschuler@msn.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.