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Barbara Scofidio

Barbara Scofidio
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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.
Visionary Summit, meetings

Transforming Meetings at Prevue’s Palm Beach Summit

Even the F&B echoed the theme, with opportunities for attendees to design their own grilled cheese sandwiches, make their own smoothies and shake their own salads.
Navigating Global Meetings Summit, meetings

Report from the Navigating International Meetings Summit

Duty of care was a hot topic at the ANavigating International Meetings Summit, held in Houston in May.
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, meetings

On Site at the Newly Transformed Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

The host hotel for Prevue's Navigating Global Meetings Summit, The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, rolled out the red carpet for the group of 30 meeting planners.
dietary restrictions, meeting

5 Dietary Restrictions Meeting Planners Need to Know About

Meeting planners need to educate themselves in the differences between dietary restrictions. Some are preferences, others religious beliefs and the most critical are full-blown disorders.
Diane Katzman, meeting

Build a Bracelet Amenity Experience

There are literally hundreds of charms and crystal and stones to choose from for the build a bracelet experience, as well as the option to customize.
travel safety tips, meeting

Travel Safety Tips for Your Attendees

An important aspect of duty of care is to share travel safety tips with your attendees.
GBTA, meetings

Duty of Care Tops the Agenda at Global Business Travel Association Convention

Keynote speakers at the Global Business Travel Association Convention, including former General David Petraeus, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia Barry Diller and Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian, all touched on current political uncertainties.
Crowne Plaza, meetings

Crowne Plaza Transforms Its Brand

Crowne Plaza's new Plaza Workspaces are flexible lobby-based meeting areas for solo workers or groups of up to 10 people.

From Junkanoo to the Blue Lagoon in The Bahamas

May saw the opening of the long-awaited Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the first property to open in the long anticipated Baha Mar Resort. But this isn't the only things groups visiting The Bahamas can look forward to.
experience meeting planner, meeting

5 Job-Hunting Tips for Experienced Meeting Planners

The experts at meetingjobs.com suggest that experienced meeting planners trade in terms like "seasoned professional," "wealth of experience" for specifics on related experience.
Jimmy Kimmel

3 Event Techniques, Jimmy Kimmel Style

When a huge snow storm hit the East Coast, Kimmel cooked up a "I Served a Snowball in Bed” challenge, having viewers videotape themselves bringing a snowball (or more) to their family member while asleep.
MEET on Bowery, meeting

MEET on Bowery Spurs Creative Collaboration

Attendees at our Global Meetings Summit at MEET on Bowery applauded us for trading a Midtown location for a venue in this hip part of the city.
Gastro Garage. meetings

5 Ideas from Michael Cerbelli’s Hot List

Special event guru Michael Cerbelli wowed the audience at Meeting Professionals International's WEC in June with a hands-on extravaganza featuring his top picks for...
MGM Grand Las Vegas

MGM Grand Las Vegas Just Keeps Expanding

The new convention center space will include a new 5,500-sf outdoor courtyard, 49,000-sf ballroom, 32,000-sf ballroom and additional smaller ballrooms and meeting rooms, and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.

Water Sports to Witches at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

The 495-room Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers an intriguing all-inclusive experience across more than 400 tropical acres.
Devil Wears Prada

Devil Wears Prada Career Advice for Meeting Planners

There's some valuable career advice for meeting planners to be found in The Devil Wears Prada.
MPI, WEC, B-52's

Meeting Professionals International WEC: Engaging Experiences & Real-Time Learning

The theme of this year's Meeting Professionals International WEC was, "Stop planning meetings, start designing experiences."
channle incentives, tesla, meetings

Successful Channel Incentives

"Designing an effective channel incentive strategy needs to reinforce the sales processes, highlight product information and reinforce the sponsoring company’s value proposition. It’s about helping channel partners and their salespeople sell effectively, while answering, 'What's in it for me?'"
festivals, meetings

3 Great Ideas from the Top Summer Festivals

Summer festival organizers know how to build a passionately loyal following. Here are some ideas from three top events.
FICP, meetings

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Delivers Industry-Focused Education

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has five live events a year focused on industry-specific education.
laptop ban, meetings

Laptop Ban: Your Questions Answered

Make sure attendees traveling from the affected airports are aware of the new regulations so that they arrive at the airport with electronic equipment appropriately stored in hold luggage.
hotel seller's market, meeting

Continuing Hotel Seller’s Market Affecting Meeting Planners

Meeting planners report getting turn-downs or pressure from hotels to commit and limited hold times.
channel incentives, meeting

5 Key Strategies for Channel Incentives

If incentive travel in general or a certain destination in particular did not have appeal, the channel incentive program is less likely to succeed.
Saturday Night Live, meetings

Learn From Saturday Night Live How to Play to Attendee Preferences

Thanks to current politics, Saturday Night Live has been on a roll in 2017.
meeting planner, meeting

Wanted: New Job Titles for Meeting Planners

Some meeting planners, mostly the CMPs in the group, spoke up for the professionalism of the role. Said one: "How about everyone just know you are a Meeting Professional? Why? Because you deserve that respect!"

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