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Ms. Seay

Lisa Seay

Founder, Element C

Lisa Seay is on a mission to help individuals find their professional purpose (and power!) and help companies develop cost-effective, efficient and sustainable talent management strategies. As founder of the coaching/consulting firm element c, Ms. Seay leverages her HR background to provide individual and team coaching, leadership development and team building services.

By working in myriad environments during her 25-year corporate career—including startups, mergers and acquisitions, franchised organizations and large entities with multi-state locations—she knows firsthand how challenging organizational situations impact workforce performance, employee engagement and personal career growth. Prior to launching element c in 2015, Ms. Seay held talent management and HR director roles in a variety of organizations, including A.T. Kearney, YUM! Brands and Baylor Health Care System. During Ms. Seay's tenure at Yum! Brands/Pizza Hut, Inc., she managed a $500K employee marketing initiative that attracted 250,000+ job seekers to the company's new online application system in three months.

Most recently, she served as a National Director of Human Resources at Conifer Health Solutions in Frisco, Texas, where she led a team that supported 3,000+ employees. In the book Humans@Work, Ms. Seay joined with other HR professionals to address some of the top challenges employers face in today's marketplace. In her chapter, Elements of the Lost and Found Spirit, Ms. Seay explores how to identify when one has lost their uniqueness when it comes to their work and what leaders can do to support those individuals in being their best at work. A proponent of life-long learning,

Ms. Seay holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a Certified Lumina Learning Practitioner. Ms. Seay lives outside Dallas with her husband, Brian, who works in the financial services industry, and their young daughters. She is the New Family Liaison at her children's school and also serves on the personnel committee at her church.

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

Ms. Seay can be contacted at 214-394-7308 or lisa@theelementc.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.