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Ms. Witt

Brigitta Witt

Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Brigitta Witt serves as global head, corporate responsibility for Hyatt. Ms. Witt is responsible for developing and implementing Hyatt's environmental stewardship, community engagement and disaster relief programs enterprise-wide; developing Hyatt's global corporate responsibility programs and policies; managing associate engagement and philanthropic programs; and reporting Hyatt's corporate responsibility results. Witt joined Hyatt in November 2007 as vice president, environmental affairs, where she was responsible for developing and implementing Hyatt's corporate sustainability programs worldwide. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Witt served as senior director of business development and general manager for GreenDimes, an organization dedicated to reducing the production and environmental impact associated with junk mail. Ms. Witt brings to Hyatt more than a decade of experience in marketing, change management and strategy consulting and has spent the greater part of her professional career developing and implementing large-scale programs and initiatives at a variety of organizations, ranging from global corporations and state governments to Silicon Valley start-ups. At Wayport, Inc. she managed the deployment of company technology and WiFi connectivity to over 8,000 restaurants for their largest client, McDonald's Corporation. For Epylon Corporation she implemented a strategic sourcing program for the New York City Board of Education, and in the early stages of her career, she developed global marketing programs for Hyatt's international properties. Ms. Witt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University

Ms. Witt can be contacted at 312-750-1234 or brigitta.witt@hyatt.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.