In this issue

Arianna Huffington is most commonly known as the driving force behind The Huffington Post, one of the most widely read online publications in the world. In addition to being a media mogul, Huffington is a fierce advocate for women and a sleep evangelist. In this month’s cover story, she shares her vision for the modern workplace—one with wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and naps.

Our April issue also features 25 women who are making a difference in their respective fields. From entrepreneurs who built empires from the ground up to innovators who are shaking things up and getting results, these women are rising up in a big way.

Also, don't miss our exciting behind-the-scenes report on the San Francisco Bay Area, which broke records as the host of Super Bowl 50.

Smart Meetings is an event planning publication covering meetings, industry news, including expert opinions and interviews, topical articles, coverage of destinations and venues in the U.S and worldwide, and features stories on incentive, corporate, government and association meetings.

Arianna Huffington is Waking Up the Workplace

Media mogul and sleep evangelist Arianna Huffington believes women will lead the revolution to reform business Arianna Huffington decries society’s traditional notion of success, where working to the point of exhaustion is considered a badge of honor and sleep is dismissed as a waste of time. The co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post…

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Special Report: Women Rising Up

Often behind the scenes, predicting issues before they ever see the light of day, meeting and event professionals are doing the dirty work. There is no such thing as weekends, attendees are always going to be too cold and too hot, and it’s wise to have cab money handy just in case a CEO enjoys…

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The Latest Buzz on Zika

Mosquito-borne virus is just one of numerous diseases transmitted via insects Everyone is buzzing about the Zika virus and its impact on leisure and business travel. In truth, Zika isn’t the only virus you need to be cautious of when traveling to warmer environments. The best way to improve your likelihood of safe travel is…

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Q&A with Alice Constandina "Dina" Titus

Congresswoman representing Nevada’s First District; professor emeritus at University of Nevada, Las Vegas How have you been influenced by your family’s involvement in Georgia politics? Growing up in a politically active family instilled in me a respect for public service, a desire to give back to my community and sensitivity for those less fortunate than…

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Smart Leaders: Women Rising Up!

We’ve made great strides in the workplace—and we’re still forging ahead I have always been a strong supporter of women leaders. Growing up, I was inspired by my mother, who was leading the way in business and was on the forefront for women’s rights and opportunities. I grew up with ERA bumper stickers on our…

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Techno Files: Unwrap Results

Digital gift bags are efficient, economical and best of all—measurable If you haven’t received one yet, it’s coming. It’s lightweight, you won’t forget it under your chair after the keynote, you won’t feel guilty tossing out what you don’t use and there’s no need to make room in your suitcase to bring it home. Swag…

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Mastering the Art of Communication

Meetology Lab’s psychological insights boost planners’ social skills Early in their career, planners learn the importance of effective interpersonal communication, but even industry veterans sometimes don’t realize how their interactions are making and breaking deals—and relationships. Enter the Meetology Lab, a team of specialists that uses cutting-edge psychological insights to empower planners and other professionals…

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Magical Meetings

Meeting on the beach Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort creates unforgettable events During a recent tour of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, just outside Walt Disney World, a number of meeting groups had taken over the property. Meeting rooms, restaurants and even an outdoor…

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A/V Cost-Saving Tips

ClickShare CSE-200 by BARCO How to maximize impact and minimize fees Raise your hand if you have stuffed a small projector into a carry-on bag to avoid the steep audiovisual rental fees for a meeting facility. This might sound like an urban myth, but most planners either know someone who’s done it or have done…

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Smart Style: April 2016

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of items that can make work and travel more enjoyable, and contribute to good health and well-being. Bonus: Everyone will remember your event! Purify Your Touchscreen We…

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Return to Glory

Multimillion-dollar renovations enhance landmark properties Adolphus Hotel, Dallas Historic downtown Dallas has its grande dame back. Dating to 1912, Adolphus Hotel is undergoing a $50 million renovation that includes the makeover of all 407 guest rooms. A new rooftop pool and fitness room will debut in May. Adolphus will debut a new spa and remodeled food…

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Ponte Vedra Resorts Deliver Wow Factor

“The answer is yes…now what’s your question?” That’s the motto at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, sister properties less then two miles apart in an unincorporated seaside community in St. Johns County, Florida. It’s a tall order and quite a way to start off a press…

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Fizzy Beer Cocktails: The Latest Craze

We should have seen it brewing. The rise of the craft beer movement, coupled with the renaissance of cocktail culture, has created a new craze of beer-based cocktails. Planners looking for something different to serve at events may want to consider these refreshing beverage options concocted by creative mixologists across the country. Barrio Mexican Kitchen…

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Power Players in the Meetings Industry

Industry Happenings Get ready to burst with laughter at MPI’s 2016 World Education Congress (WEC). The Water Coolers will kick off the industry event’s opening general session with its unique blend of music and comedy about life’s trials and tribulations. “We’re over the moon about opening up this year’s WEC,” says Sally Allen, executive producer…

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All-Inclusives that Rock

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Hard Rock properties simplify the booking process Planning trips for groups is very challenging, mainly because many details need to be carefully arranged, but a plethora of planners are finding that all-inclusive hotel packages make their job much easier. Several hotel companies offer these packages, including the All-Inclusive Collection, which…

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New iPhone that Wirelessly Recharges May Debut Next Year

Apple is developing an iPhone that can be wirelessly recharged. According to Bloomberg Business, this cutting-edge feature may begin appearing on its mobile devices as early as 2017. For years, Samsung, Sony and Google have been making phones that wirelessly recharge when placed on a special mat, and Apple employs this same technology for charging…

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3 Smart Suitcases Revolutionize Travel

From weighing too much to getting lost in transit, standard bulky luggage has plagued travelers with a seemingly endless set of inconveniences. Fortunately, there is a silver lining. Innovators have come up with lightweight, durable designs equipped with built-in tracking technology and collapsible materials for maximum efficiency. With these three suitcases, you’re guaranteed to have…

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6 Ways to Make Disagreements Constructive

  Disagreements are a natural, healthy part of business life, and can help to forge stronger relationships and solutions. But if not handled correctly, they can be divisive and damaging. HubSpot’s Carly Stec provides the following suggestions to make sure your disagreements are constructive rather than destructive. Be mindful of your tone: Some studies suggest…

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New & Renovated: Power Brokers

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation - Greensboro, Georgia The AAA Five Diamond resort is so lux that country music star Carrie Underwood got married there. The Ritz-Carlton is located on 30 acres along the shore of Lake Oconee, 75 miles from Atlanta, and features access to 99 holes of championship golf. A multimillion-dollar renovation is…

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