Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Matuson

Roberta Chinsky Matuson

President, Matuson Consulting

For more than 25 years, Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Best Buy, and The Boston Beer Company and small to medium-size businesses, achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She is 
known world-wide as “The Talent Maximizer®.” Ms. Matuson, a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty, is the author of, Talent Magnetism: How to Build a Workplace that Attracts and Keeps the Best (Nicholas Brealey) and the international bestseller, Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, 2011), a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book For Leaders. Her new book, The Magnetic Leader: How Irresistible Leaders Attract Employees, Customers and Profits (Taylor and Francis) will be released in March of 2017. As a former executive, Ms. Matuson has the vantage point of 
understanding what it is like to work at all levels of the
organization. At the age of 24, she found herself catapulted 
into the executive suite, where she was responsible for building a world-class HR department for a commercial real estate firm. Shortly thereafter, she was involved in taking the company through a public offering. By her own wits—and through trial and error—Ms. Matuson has built on her success and has become an internationally-recognized thought leader and consultant, often appearing on television on programs such as CBS's The Early Show, Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, Fox Business News and on CNN International's Quest on Business with Richard Quest. She is frequently invited to be a guest on radio shows across America. Ms. Matuson is a highly sought after speaker who has presented keynotes to Fortune 500 companies including, Best Buy, Inc., New York Life Pension Services, General Re Corporation, and such prestigious organizations as the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association, AAHOA, Treasury Executive Institute, American Craft Brewers Association, SHRM, Pizza Expo and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Ms. Matuson has written and published over 500 articles for a number of publications around the globe including The Christian Science Monitor, British Airways Business Life, The Telegraph and The Globe and Mail. She is currently a workplace expert for Monster's small business community and is the person global retail giant Staples turns to for advice on talent. She is one of the top expert bloggers for Fast Company, Forbes.com and Glassdoor and is a former monthly columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Ms. Matuson holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Human Resource Management from Northeastern University. She is a graduate of Alan Weiss's Million Dollar Consulting® College

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

Ms. Matuson can be contacted at 617-608-3633 or Roberta@matusonconsulting.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.