Oct 2, 2019
Wellness is not just important
in the workplace, but also now a required element in decision
making for planning meetings. In this week's episode, Dr.
Romie interviews two dynamic global female leaders in the
hospitality and meetings industry. Ashly Balding is the Chief
Strategy Officer for Associated Luxury Hotels International.
Catherine Chaulet is the president and CEO of Global DMC Partners.
Ashly and Catherine break down their personal wellness routines as
mothers and executives. You will also hear top trends for bringing
wellness into meetings- including nutrition, movement, and the
importance of pause.
- [05:56] Ashly's secret to
wellness is that she is passionate about wellness because it
- [07:24] Catherine believes that
wellness is critical, because life is short and we need to enjoy
- [08:06] We can help bring work
life balance by integrating wellness on teams. It's appreciating
life on a much deeper level.
- [08:56] Dance has been a
passion for Catherine. She allows 2 1/2 hours a week for dance. She
also takes time for self like baths. She also gives her team
undisturbed time off.
- [10:48] It's physical and
mental for Ashly. She does yoga and takes time to breathe. She also
meditates and takes part in a digital detox. Her and her children
incorporate gratefulness and what makes them
- [12:47] Perfection needs to be
thrown out the window when you have kids.
- [13:24] Authenticity is
- [14:38] Catherine is removing
herself from social media to spend important time with her
- [16:22] Ashly shares an aha
moment she had where she was walked through a meditation as the
future of the CEO.
- [17:43] There is no other
option for corporations than to incorporate wellness into their
agendas to attract and retain talent.
- [20:05] People's minds drift
after 30 minutes. Think about speaking formats and the time frame.
Give people time to relax and recharge.
- [22:47] Wellness components
that Ashly has incorporated include a puppy breakout session,
cellphone baskets, and walking breakouts.
- [25:10] Comfort in the room
matters. Have chairs and couches. Have activities where there is no
sound and appreciate natural sounds of nature. Drop the amount of
sessions and focus on the three main messages. Don't exhaust
- [27:37] Hygge is the Danish
concept of comfort. This trend can be incorporated at every
- [29:11] Food labeling is
important. Have electrolyte drops on the table or do a vegan
breakout. Smoothie bars are great options too.
- [32:15] Junk food isn't
acceptable anymore. Having presentations by dietitians are also a
great wellness step for meetings.
- [34:19] Ashly takes a pause by
taking time to meditate and breathe and set her intention before
she walks into the door with her family after a hard day's
- [35:45] Catherine can't take a
pause everyday. When she does, she shuts the door and removes
sounds and blue lights and just breathes.
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