JT Long

JT Long

Content Chief at Smart Meetings
JT Long is content chief at Smart Meetings. She brings 25 years of experience in journalism and community-building and has written books on management and motivation.
JT Long


Content Chief at Smart Meetings, Question Asker at Large, Storyteller at Heart
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The Story Behind the 2018 Smart Women Cover StoryMeeting Planning

The March 2018 Smart Meetings Magazine cover story featuring 100 women who inspire us started with an email. In January, we asked you, our readers, to nominate the women in your lives who are making brilliant things happen every day. And, wow, did you ever respond.

Hospitality for Humanity Helping Rebuild Wine CountryHotels & ResortsNews

After devastating fires hit residential areas in California’s Sonoma Wine Country in October, the hospitality industry showed its strength by coming out to support neighbors who lost everything. Marla Bedrosian, executive director of global sales for Trump National Doral, called a day of service at the beginning of March “Hospitality for Humanity.”

How to Make Travel More RewardingHow ToTips & Tools

Event professionals dominate the ranks of road warriors. That time in the sky, at the hotel and charging expenses can lead to deep reserves of loyalty points, but not all benefits are the same. Loyalty programs come with lots of requirements, and terms can change as fast as the weather. Making sure you are not missing out can be a job all by itself. We turned to experts for dos and don’ts for making the most of those hard-earned rewards.

How to Integrate Southern Hospitality in a MeetingHow ToTips & Tools

In March, Visit Dallas invited a locally based company known for making people feel welcome 3,000 miles in the air—Southwest Airlines—to talk to the destination team on the ground about how to engage visitors in new ways. The program, tellingly called It’s Hospitality Y’All.

Escape the Meeting Room in Reno/TahoeDestinations

We are living in a polarized world with extreme opinions on every side. Divides in taste, preference and lifestyle can cross over to the event world, leaving you with difficult decisions. Do you book the corporate retreat at a ski-in/ski-out luxury resort with a world-class spa…or a cozy lodge overlooking a championship golf course with dining at one of the most scenic restaurants in America?

Host Pays $1 Billion for Hotels in Growth MarketsNews

Host Hotels & Resorts is betting big on future meeting demand by acquiring three Hyatt-managed, signature meeting hotels for almost $1 billion. The growing hospitality company called the coastal markets of Hawaii, San Francisco and Florida highly desirable locales for business growth.