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Jill Stone

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Women Traveling Solo

Women Traveling

With more and more women traveling alone, whether it’s business or pleasure, it’s important to prepare and stay safe. I recently came across a great BuzzFeed article that addresses just this and shares 46 Travel Safety Tips for Women. The information outlines helpful apps and sites, along with a healthy dose of to-do’s. Here are[...]

Safety Features Part 2


Recently, I shared information regarding security during travel from an interview with Robert Riesmeyer of Traveling Aware. As a meeting planner, the responsibility extends beyond personal safety to the safety of attendees. In fact, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to focus on this issue. The U.S. Department of Labor, through the general duty[...]

Is Your Attendees’ Data Being Compromised?


As meeting planners, it is our responsibility to ensure a safe environment, to the best of our ability, for our attendees. This comes into play when choosing the location of the meeting, the hotel, the choice of transportation, and now, another area of concern is data. Your attendees are physically present at your meeting, but[...]

Zika-Free Attendees

Zika-free attendees

The latest bug from a bug (darn mosquitos!) is Zika. Perhaps the most disconcerting fact is that birth defects, namely microcephaly, have been linked to Zika infected pregnant mothers. Therefore, if your meeting will take place in an area that has been affected by Zika, you may wish to suggest that pregnant women forego attendance.[...]

Get Out and Celebrate July 4th!

Regardless of how you feel about the current state of our union, our nation’s beginning deserves celebration!  Independence Day brings out the patriot, and sometimes the pyro, in us all. With that in mind, have a fun day, enjoy the company, food and fireworks and be safe. Unfortunately, thousands of folks end up in the[...]

City Budgets – A New Focus for Meeting Planners

Anyone in the meetings industry will tell you that it is an all-encompassing sort of deal. We may be quite good at what we do, but we also know that we rely on several other entities, many of which are out of our control, to make a meeting go off without a hitch. And well,[...]