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Ms. Buahene

Adwoa Buahene

Co-founder / Managing Partner, n-gen People Performance Inc.

As a managing partner and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc. (www.ngenperformance.com) Adwoa K. Buahene works with C-suite leaders and HR teams to understand and build strategies and programs that target, motivate and engage all four generations. With over 13 years of training and performance consulting experience, Ms. Buahene has devoted the last 7 years to researching and creating solutions that measurably improve workplace productivity. Industry leaders in both the private and public sector have leveraged Ms. Buahene's generational expertise since 2003. As co-founder of n-gen, she has presented at North America's leading HR conferences, written numerous whitepapers and co-authored the book Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations. She is regularly quoted in national newspapers and trade magazines, radio and television. Ms. Buahene has a master's degree in analytic philosophy from Dalhousie University and was recently nominated for an RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Human Resource Professionals of Ontario, and Provincial Partnership Council. She is the chair of the United Way Allocations Panel, and executive committee board member of VHA Home Health Care. About n-gen n-gen has worked with 10 of the 14 Canadian Fortune 500 companies. n-gen's diverse client group spans small, medium & large enterprises, including 5 of the top 6 Canadian banks, 20 leading post-secondary institutions in North America, 12 of Canada's largest energy companies, and government agencies at the federal, provincial, and municipal level. More than 25,000 people have benefited from n-gen's expertise in the last 6 years, by attending a workshop or a presentation. n-gen's training programs, e-learning, and consulting services provide people managers at all levels, from front line to CEO, the strategies and techniques needed to manage, engage and lead a multigenerational workforce.

Ms. Buahene can be contacted at 416-362-7564 or abuahene@ngenperformance.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.