Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Lattal

Darnell Lattal

President & CEO, Aubrey Daniels International

Darnell Lattal, as president and chief executive officer of Aubrey Daniels International, is a specialist in the design and implementation of behavior-based business strategies to achieve core initiatives. In partnership with her clients and through her extensive corporate engagements, Ms. Lattal has contributed to organizational redesign and change management, executive coaching, achieving high performance, performance measurement and behavior-based systems design, leadership and teamwork within and across organizational structures, succession planning and implementation, ethical decision-making and creating a solid leadership legacy based on self-awareness and self-management. Ms. Lattal is an internationally known consultant and author of several books including one on reducing stress in Japanese workplaces through the power of positive reinforcement and her most recent US book, A Good Day's Work about establishing conditions to promote ethics at work. She has recently begun to explore the issues related to sustainable business practices to promote both green initiatives and sustain worthy cultural practices at work. A frequent presenter at major association and corporate conferences and active contributor to media on current topics about ethics at work, Ms. Lattal's particular expertise is in the psychology of learning and designing sustainable and rapid change.

Ms. Lattal can be contacted at 678-904-6140 or info@aubreydaniels.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.