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Ms. Gioia

Joyce Gioia

CEO, Employer of Choice International, Inc.

Joyce Gioia is a workforce futurist concentrating on relationship aspects of the future. This arena includes workforce and workplace trends, as well as consumer, education, and business-to-business trends.

Ms. Gioia is also CEO of Employer of Choice International, Inc., a distinction earned only by companies whose leadership, culture, and best practices attract, optimize, and hold top talent. Employers of Choice® enjoy "a higher level of performance, greater workforce stability, and the level of continuity that assures preservation of the knowledge base, customer loyalty, employee satisfaction, and stronger profits".

Ms. Gioia has also co-authored five books which are focused on what employers must do to attract, optimize, and hold onto their best employees. A respected professional speaker and trainer, Ms. Gioia has earned the designations Certified Management Consultant, the highest certification granted by The Institute of Management Consultants, and a Certified Speaking Professional, the highest certification granted by The National Speakers Association. She is also a Founding Member of the Association of Professional Futurists and serves on their Board of Trustees.

In addition, Ms. Gioia is a Legacy Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and has spoken for every major hotel brand worldwide and many independents from Macau to Memphis and from San Paulo to Port Louis, Mauritius. In 2013, she was sponsored by Marriott to speak at the Innovations in Business Travel Conference in Moscow.

Ms. Gioia has spoken on 7 Continents, in 22 countries, and in 47 states. She has appeared on local and national television over 60 times in the last 2 years and recently launched her own TV program in Austin, called Looking Forward with Joyce Gioia.

Ms. Gioia holds a bachelor's degree in languages and mass communications from The University of Denver and a masters in Business Administration (specializing in Marketing) from Fordham University. She also holds masters degrees in Theology and Counseling from The New Seminary. Regularly quoted in the media on a variety of workplace topics, Ms. Gioia is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, and the International Who's Who of Business Executives.

Please visit http://www.hermangroup.com for more information.

Ms. Gioia can be contacted at +1 336-210-3548 or joyce@hermangroup.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.