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Ms. Levin

Jessica Levin

President & Chief Connector, Seven Degrees

With a background in business strategy and marketing, Jessica Levin's passion for connecting people and creating experiences is evident in everything she does. Ms. Levin's expertise lies at the intersection of marketing and technology. Understanding people first and foremost, she has combined traditional relationship building techniques with modern communications tools to help clients meet their goals.

For two decades she has worked with businesses and not-for-profit organizations across North America on the development and execution of strategic planning and marketing initiatives designed to grow revenue and market share. She's worked with companies on employee professional development and CSR initiatives.

Ms. Levin believes in volunteerism. She is the President of the New Jersey Professional Services Marketers Association (NJPSMG) and the Breadwinners Chapter of Centricity. She also served as Director of Marketing for the charity, Operation BBQ Relief.

NJBIZ named her as one of New Jersey's Best Fifty Women in Business and previously to New Jersey's Top Forty Under 40. She was named to the 2016 Best Marketing and Communications Professionals Under 40 list by the NJ Ad Club and Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association and was inducted into New Jersey's Advertising Hall of Fame in 2016. She was named a Finalist for Woman of the Year from the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2014 she made MeetingsNet's Top 10 Social Media Influencers List. She was twice named Planner to Watch by Convention South magazine and was inducted into the New Jersey Social Media Hall of Fame.

A motivational and engaging speaker, Ms. Levin frequently presents on marketing, networking & business development, event strategy and humanity. She has authored numerous articles and blog posts and wrote the book, Perfect Pairings: The Art of Connecting People and Everyone Has Sh*t: Unsolicited Advice for Being Human.

Ms. Levin earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in with majors in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Ms. Levin holds the designations Certified Association Executive (CAE), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Digital Event Strategist (DES).

Please visit http://www.sevendegrees.co for more information.

Ms. Levin can be contacted at +1 908-912-4418 or jessica@sevendegrees.co

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.