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Ms. Gregg

Annette Gregg

Sr. Vice President, Meeting Professionals International

Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA is Senior Vice President, Experience for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), leading its community engagement, events and education teams and delivering programs for its 16,000 members worldwide.

Ms. Gregg has an extensive background in the meeting and hospitality industry, serving in executive level positions for corporations, associations and non-profits. Her experience includes marketing and event leadership positions at LPL Financial, University of California Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Convention Center, San Diego and Monterey tourism bureaus, and several business event agencies.

Ms. Gregg regularly delivers keynotes on topics including diversity and unconscious bias, promoting women in the workplace, and a variety of professional development topics. She has taught at several universities including leading San Diego State University's Meeting and Event Certificate Program.

Ms. Gregg was elected Instructor of the Year at SDSU, and inducted into the Center for Business Intelligence's Circle of Excellence for her training and speaking. She is an honoree for Women in Tourism and Hospitality, and has won the Coach Award for the Association of Women in Events and Planner of the Year for MPI San Diego.

Ms. Gregg served on MPI's Board of Directors, the board for the Kim Center for Gender Equity, and San Diego Commission for Women and Girls. She was named to the MeetingsNet Changemakers list for her work in women's empowerment.

Ms. Gregg received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley and later received her MBA from California Miramar University in San Diego.

Please visit http://www.mpi.org for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annettegregg/

Ms. Gregg can be contacted at +1 760-917-8419 or agregg@mpi.org

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.