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October 2018

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Nova Browning Rutherford Gets Real About Self-Care for Stressed-Out Planners

Starting her career at 19 as a budding marketing and promotions executive, Nova Browning Rutherford spent much of the next six years on autopilot. She worked in the hip hop music business in Toronto and Hollywood with artists such as Kanye West and other top names. Under the pressure of it all, combined with personal incidents that led to depression and anxiety, she hit a wall. Today, she is a top personal development coach and mindfulness and wellness expert with plenty of advice for busy professionals. 

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Two Trailblazers Spark a Movement to Address and Combat Sexual Harassment in the Meetings Industry

October marks a year since actress Alyssa Milano reignited the #MeToo movement, persuading millions of people to take a stand against sexual harassment. While Courtney Stanley, speaker, writer and business consultant at CS Consulting, was inspired to start speaking on the topic well before October 2017, #MeToo further encouraged her, along with her good friend, Sarah Soliman Daudin, president and CEO of Soliman Productions, to move the conversation forward in the meetings and events industry, where they have both continuously experienced sexual harassment.

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15 Music Attractions That Double As Remarkable Off-Site Venues

Confucius once said, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” In that spirit, music-inspired experiences and venues can add life to any meeting or event. Following is just a small sampling of music venues worldwide that can cater to groups.

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Omni Hotels & Resorts Helps ‘Say Goodnight to Hunger’

Groups staying at Omni Hotels & Resorts properties can rest easy knowing that as their head hits the pillow a credit for their stay is helping alleviate hunger in the community where the hotel is located. Since its beginnings two years ago, Omni’s Say Goodnight to Hunger program has resulted in more than 13 million meals being donated to local food banks in each of the markets its 60 hotels are located in, and the spirit of giving doesn’t end there.

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Changemakers Talk #MeToo in the Meetings Industry One Year Later

One year after a tweet from Alyssa Milano reignited the #MeToo movement, we sat down with Fiona Pelham, Courtney Stanley and Sarah Soliman Daudin at #IMEX18 to chat about how far the meetings industry has come with regard to sexual harassment and where it's headed.

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Shattering Conventions: First Annual Wakandacon Celebrates Afrofuturism

Marvel’s The Black Panther did more than smash box office records this year. It inspired Wakandacon, a three-day celebration of Afrofuturism at the Hilton Chicago that combined community building with Blerd (short for Black nerd) culture.

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Benchmark Names Top 10 Dining Trends for 2019

Benchmark, which includes Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Gemstone Collection and the London-based etc.venues brand portfolios released its “Top Ten Dining Trends for 2019.” The trends were observed by Benchmark’s executive chefs and culinary experts at the company’s 80 hotels, resorts and restaurants across North America and Europe.

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Sangeeta Sadarangani Leads All-Female Business Travel Team Where Safety Is No. 1 Priority

Being the female leader of a travel company featuring an all-woman team of six travel counselors, London-based Crossing Travel CEO Sangeeta Sadarangani is quite aware of the challenges women face when traveling for business.

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MGM Springfield Opens in Massachusetts

MGM Resorts International opened Massachusetts’ first resort-casino, MGM Springfield, August 24. The property occupies three city blocks in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, and features a 125,000-square-foot casino floor with 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a high-limit VIP gaming lodge, according to MGM. The resort was reported to cost $960 million to build.

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World’s Largest Cannabis Complex Set to Light Up Las Vegas

It didn’t take long for Las Vegas to turn 2017 legalization of adult-use cannabis in Nevada into a glitzy new attraction. Planet 13 Holdings, which currently runs an off-Strip dispensary, is building a 40,000-square-foot cannabis superstore and entertainment space slated to open in phases starting in November 2018. No event space is planned for the facility yet, but it’s a possibility for Phase 2.

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