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Ms. Crowell

Beverly Crowell

Executive Vice President, Career Systems International

Beverly Crowell is an experienced consultant, facilitator, speaker, thought leader, and author specializing in the areas of organization, employee and human resources development. Her career spans a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, government, aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and non-profit. As the Executive Vice President of Career Systems International, Ms. Crowell manages the strategic direction of the company's product portfolio and marketing efforts. She also provides expertise in the areas of strategic talent management, employee engagement and retention, career development, and coaching. Her strengths include strategic interventions for clients to create and maintain a sustainable talent management culture with a focus on driving for measurable business results. Prior to joining CSI, Ms. Crowell was responsible for developing/delivering leadership, management, and professional development training programs for an aerospace organization. She has worked with clients in implementing Professional Development, Career Development and Employee Engagement / Retention programs. NASA, Bloomberg, Merck, Harvard, Citi, and PepsiCo are a few companies using these services. Ms. Crowell is a noted speaker presenting at The Conference Board's Employee Engagement and Retention Conferences as well as numerous corporate leadership meetings and events. She is a contributing author to The Talent Management Handbook: Creating Organizational Excellence by Identifying, Developing, and Promoting Your Best People and Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World's Greatest Coaches. Ms. Crowell's articles have also appeared in Leadership Excellence and the Talent Management magazines. Ms. Crowell holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She is certified in several feedback tools and experienced in delivering over 30 professional development and leadership course titles. She also received certification from NASA's Space Flight Training Instructor Academy at the Johnson Space Center.

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

Ms. Crowell can be contacted at 800-577-6916 or beverly.crowell@careersystemsintl.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.