• ALHI Hosts 12th Annual Executive Women in Leadership Conference

     
    POSTED July 24, 2017
     

From June 8-10, Associated Luxury Hotels International held its 12th Annual Executive Women in Leadership Conference at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego/Coronado California. ALHI is a leading independent Global Sales Organization in the Meetings & Incentive industry, from which they hosted 65 senior level women executives in the meetings and hospitalities industries. These women included hotel executives and meeting professionals. At the event was Victoria Hettleman, the ALHI senior vice president of sales (conference chairperson), Amber Voelker, the ALHI regional vice president for the West (conference co-chairperson), and Ashly Balding, the ALHI executive vice president. The conference was co-hosted by Hotel del Coronado and Delta Air Lines. The co-hosts had in attendance Cheryl Ferguson, director of sales at Hotel del Coronado; Gerry Kingston, the manager of meeting, events & incentive sales at Delta Air Lines, and Norma Dean, director of specialty sales at Delta Air Lines.

Hotel del Coronado is located across the bay from downtown San Diego, and is just 15 minutes away from the San Diego International Airport. The hotel provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, along with its various other amenities. Hotel del Coronado has 65,000 square feet of meeting space, 679 guest rooms and suites, a full service recreation department, nine restaurants and bars, a world class spa, and a 24 hour fitness center.

ALHI spans more than 250 luxury and upper upscale hotels and resorts as members, either independent or within independent hotel brands. In addition, ALHI also has a Global Luxury Alliance partnership that includes 23 luxury cruise ships, and destination management companies in more than 100 locations worldwide. ALHI gives expertise, market intelligence, account advocacy, Global Sales services, and local connectivity for meeting and incentive programs of all shapes and sizes at no cost to accounts.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

This fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.