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Ms. Lipton

Sarah Lipton

Senior Global Brand Director, Westin Hotels & Resorts

Sarah Lipton has been building hotel brands at Starwood Hotels and Marriott International for her entire career. In her role as the Senior Global Brand Director for Westin Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Lipton is responsible for developing the strategic global initiatives for Marriott's wellness-focused, Premium Distinctive lifestyle brand. Ms. Lipton manages the brand's positioning as well as developing strategic programs, offerings and partnerships, while continuing to direct the overall brand management, integrity and positioning of the Westin brand and its robust portfolio of more than 225 hotels and resorts all across the world. She drives the global marketing strategy, guest experience, standards and communications programs for Westin.

Ms. Lipton has been a pivotal contributor on six global brand teams, having managed initiatives for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Le Meridien Hotels and Westin Hotels & Resorts. She has led numerous essential marketing initiatives, including the launch of Westin's Well-Being Movement in 2014, and more recently, Westin's new global brand campaign, Let's Rise, which takes on the disruptions of travel and empowers guests to be their best selves during their stay through wellness. She also helped cultivate many signature experiential innovations to drive meaningful and differentiated experiences for guests and associates including Westin's partnerships with top-tier fitness brands including Peloton and TRX, Westin's global portfolio of active Run Concierges, and the RunWestin program just to name a few.

Ms. Lipton is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and resides in New York City with her family.


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

Ms. Lipton can be contacted at 914-640-8100 or sarah.lipton@westin.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.