Thanks for visiting. Meet our team of Meet Well contributors:


John Anderson
is an award-winning journalist, travel writer and blogger based in San Jose, California. He has covered the meetings and hospitality industry extensively since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @jcax01



Sara Bell is a Corporate Event Coordinator in the aviation industry and has planned everything from incentive programs and golf tournaments, to annual meetings for 200+ attendees. Based in Houston, Texas, she is a frequent traveler and enjoys exploring new destinations.



Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.



Danielle Childress
(Dani) has planned everything from board meetings for 6 to product launches for 500 to the NFL Experience at the Super Bowl for 100,000.


cv_round 2Cvent, Inc. is a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, e-mail marketing and web surveys.


dg_roundDeanna Graves worked at Elite Meetings International as a Senior Marketing Associate. When she’s not writing for Elite, you can find her hiking or snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies, spending time with family, and enjoying a Sunday beach barbecue when visiting her old Santa Barbara stomping grounds.


issicircleIsabelle Gullo-Abitia has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2001, contributing to publications such as Elite Weddings, Spa, Islands, and Health. She runs the Santa Barbara County nonprofit C.A.R.E.4Paws, which aims to reduce pet overpopulation and keep animals out of shelters. Isabelle also enjoys running, salsa dancing, photography, and playtime with her son and many dogs and cats.




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MariaGuidaContributorCropMaria Guida is an executive speaking coach, professional speaker, and Broadway actress. With her experience on stage, TV and film (working with Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline), she helps executives in all industries enhance their leadership presence and credibility by speaking with poise, passion, and persuasive power. Her clients include American Express, Chubb Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, and Johnson & Johnson. Maria can be reached directly at 718-884-2282 or Please visit


kh_roundSince establishing her own company over a decade ago, Kate Doyle Hooper has produced everything from executive meetings and conferences to live music performances, mobile tours, fashion shows, celebrity gifting suites, and retail events for companies such as American Media, Bloomingdale’s, Conde Nast, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Hearst, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Time Inc., Wilhelmina Models and Rodale, to name a few. Kate’s editorial and advertising work has been published in Budget Living, ELLE, Fit, Civilization, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Shape, as well as on and



Liz King is an event planning superhero by day, and closeted tech geek and introvert by night. She channels her organizational and tech savvy superpowers into her own company, Liz King Events, and routinely makes appearances on such lists as Successful Meetings’ list of 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry and Connect magazine’s list of 40 Under 40 Up-and-Coming Event Planners.


Jay MacDonald
is an award-winning journalist, author and blogger who incorporates humor and human interest into a broad range of topics. Follow him on Twitter @omnisaurus.




Ross Monnich works as an Associate in the Planner Communications division at Elite Meetings. He finds inspiration in the sea, Mexican food, and expertly crafted Spotify playlists.


Hannah Prince is the editor of the Meet Well blog and Cvent Meetings magazine. She joined Cvent after more than a decade in the journalism world. As a passionate editor, she’s always willing to discuss the merits of the Oxford comma, the use of who vs. whom, or the definition of a dangling modifier.



bs_roundBruce Serlen is a veteran travel writer, based in New Jersey, who has written extensively on meetings management and hotel operations. Most recently, he was executive editor at Hotel Business.



ps_roundPatti Shock is the Academic Consultant for The International School of Hospitality and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders in 2014. Follow her on LinkedIn here  and on Pinterest here.


annenew copyAnne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. She shaped the management development strategy for two major Canadian corporations. Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non-profit sector, and film and television. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops and team building for over 2000 executives, managers and professionals. She has worked with a number of clients from Gulf (GCC) countries in the Middle East.