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Beyond the Meeting Room

Beyond the Meeting Room

Associated Luxury Hotels International President and CEO Mike Dominguez hosts candid conversations with thought leaders from a variety of industries to inform and inspire. Connect with us as we tackle topics ranging from leadership, technology, well-being and hospitality.

ALHI is a global sales and marketing organization representing the finest Luxury Hotels, Resorts, Cruise Lines, and Destination Management Companies.

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Beyond the Meeting Room with Sebastian Terry, Founder of the 100 Things Movement
Sebastian Terry is a best-selling author and founder of the “100 Things Movement.” Sebastian joined us at the ALHI Executive Exchange for an inspirational keynote on using goals as a vehicle for change and how to capitalize on the perspective that adversity can bring us. In today’s conversation, we discuss strategies for meaningful goal setting, how to process fear through action and how to ultimately craft a happier life by tapping into purpose and community.
July 01, 2022
Beyond the Meeting Room with Dr. Ivan Joseph, an award-winning coach, educator, and leader
In today’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Ivan Joseph, an award-winning coach, educator, and leader who has spent his career leading cultural transformation, helping people believe in themselves, and creating cohesive teams. Born in Guyana, South America, he arrived in Toronto at the age of five with only the clothes he was wearing. He is now Vice President, Student Affairs at Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
June 07, 2022
Beyond the Meeting Room with Poppy Jamie, Author of the Critically Acclaimed Book, “Happy Not Perfect,” and a British Entrepreneur
In today's episode, we are joined by Poppy Jamie, the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Happy Not Perfect,” and a British entrepreneur. Poppy joined us last year at the ALHI Executive Women in Leadership and today’s conversation springboards from her keynote speech on life, manifestation, and perspective. Mike and Poppy delve into the value of vulnerability, how surrender can be the best tool in adjusting our perspective, and their overall amazement at the remarkable nature of human resiliency. Truly an uplifting and inspirational conversation, this episode will leave you with the wisdom to reflect on and adapt your mindset along with the humility to understand we’re not alone in the plights we face. This episode is made possible by our partner Turtle Bay Resort, an oceanside resort located in Hawaii. Embodying the very best of Oahu’s natural beauty, elevated experiences and rich culture, Turtle Bay is the only full-service resort on the iconic North Shore. The resort recently debuted a major transformation, reintroducing itself as an ultra-luxe oceanfront and solidifying its reputation as Hawaii's most experiential resort. Set on nearly 13-hundred oceanfront acres, the property features a 460-acre farm and five miles of pristine beaches.
April 13, 2022
Beyond the Meeting Room with Chris Gardner, Author of the Critically Acclaimed Book "Pursuit of Happyness"
In today's episode, we are joined by Chris Gardner, the author of the critically acclaimed book “Pursuit of Happyness”. Chris appeared at a recent ALHI event as the keynote speaker, and today’s conversation springboards from his speech on life, leadership, and happiness. This episode is made possible by our partner Atlantis Paradise Island, a lush, oceanside resort located in The Bahamas. The resort features five distinct properties including the newly renovated Royal and is home the largest open-air marine habitat in the world. The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, the resort’s nonprofit, 501 (c)3 organization, is dedicated to saving sea species and their habitats throughout The Bahamas and surrounding Caribbean. Atlantis, Paradise Island offers travelers a destination of immersive programming, connecting guests to the rich environment, history, art, people, cuisine and festivities of The Bahamas.
March 04, 2022
Beyond the Meeting Room with Ben Saunders, Keynote Speaker and World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer
In this episode, Ben Saunders shares his thoughts on how to truly measure success, the importance of kindness and the most important lesson he’s learned through his expeditions: asking for help. Now focused on securing his legacy through environmental efforts and finding growth and success in the everyday, Ben’s discussion will leave you motivated to embrace the change within each of our own journeys. This episode is brought to you by Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Located just north of San Diego in Carlsbad, the resort is within easy reach of beaches and popular tourist attractions. The award-winning resort features eight sparkling pools and two championship golf courses. This year, the team unveiled a new event space, the Costa de la Luna, and completed its west expansion of the Coastal Events Center. Costa de la Luna offers 14,000 divisible square feet of ballroom space, 4,000 square feet of pre-function space, two breakout rooms, an expansive event lawn and a dedicated valet entrance. 
December 14, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with DeDe Halfhill, a U.S. Air Force Retired Colonel and Certified Brene Brown “Dare to Lead” Facilitator
DeDe shares lessons learned over a 25-year military career and how we can harness our humanness, get comfortable in setting boundaries and perfect our own work life balance to become the very best versions of ourselves. This episode is brought to you by The Estate Yountville. Located in the renowned Napa Valley wine region and nestled in the charming town of Yountville, The Estate is a vibrant and lush oasis. The property is truly a village-within-a-village, settled on an alluring 22-acre property. The Estate has redesigned the Wine Country experience. The property is comprised of two luxury hotels with decidedly different personalities – the sinfully good and oh-so-social Hotel Villagio and its sophisticated counterpart, Vintage House, a chic and tranquil sanctuary. Offering curated signature experiences, coupled with stunning event spaces indoors and out, any group, whether corporate or social, is sure to have a most memorable stay at The Estate Yountville.
November 09, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Rob Adams, President & CEO of Bishop-McCann
In this episode, Rob Adams, President & CEO of Bishop-McCann and Mike Dominguez, President & CEO of ALHI, have a frank conversation on lleadership, strengthening  core values in uncertain times and how best to navigate a dynamic and ever-changing workforce.
August 27, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Lori Cohen, CEO of ECPAT-USA
In today’s episode, we are joined by Lori Cohen, CEO of ECPAT-USA, the leading anti-child trafficking organization in the United States. In this poignant discussion, Lori shares how pervasive human trafficking really is, key signs to watch for in day-to-day life, and how you can make an impact to stop this horrific crime.  This episode is made possible by our partners at Biltmore Coral Gables. Recently renovated, graced with effortless beauty and sophistication, the Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area with close proximity to Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. The 271-room resort includes 174 suites and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture with classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish influences spread over 150 acres of tropical landscape. The hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course; tennis courts; the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas; a European spa; and a renowned fitness center. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s ideal sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings & public policy conferences, and is an extraordinary wedding destination.
July 23, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Steve Gross, Life is Good
This episode of Beyond the Meeting Room is sponsored by Atlantis Paradise Island. 
June 15, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Mike James
On this episode of Beyond the Meeting Room, we meet Mike James, President of Individual Solutions and President of NFP Life Solutions. The duo sits down and discusses promoting positive change through safe and thoughtful conversations through education, along with wellness and how the pandemic has affected those around us and how to connect with each other.
April 19, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Judi Holler
In today's episode, we are joined by Judi Holler, author of Fear is my Homeboy, and an inspirational keynote speaker. Judi and Mike discuss how to harness momentum to combat fear, find comfort without control, re-tool your imagination, and ultimately find self-love through grace. This episode is sponsored by Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California. As Monterey’s first and only U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certified Hotel, Portola Hotel and Spa offers meeting and event planners the opportunity to create sustainable and eco-friendly meetings. Portola Hotel and Spa is located steps from Fisherman’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Monterey, featuring 17 meeting rooms with more than 30-thousand square feet of meeting space. The newly renovated Monterey Conference Center is adjacent to Portola, making this unique venue the largest event space of its kind on the Central Coast of California.
March 05, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Faisal Sublaban
Tune in to Beyond the Meeting Room with ALHI President & CEO Michael Dominguez as he sits down with Faisal Sublaban Senior Vice President at Internova Travel Group. These two hotel gurus go into detail about the current state of our industry and how to stay positive through it all. 
January 12, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Lonnie Mayne
Tune in to the latest episode of Beyond the Meeting Room where ALHI President & CEO Michael Dominguez sits down with Lonnie Mayne of Red Shoes Living to discuss humanizing business, showing grace as a leader and how to put your best foot forward in the toughest of times.
January 12, 2021
Beyond the Meeting Room with Ben Nemtin "The Buried Life"
Mike sits down with motivational speaker, #1 New York Times bestselling author and the star of the MTV show, The Buried Life, Ben Nemtin. Listen in as they talk about everything ranging from Ben playing basketball with President Obama, to creating your bucket list, connection, quality of life, and increasing your happiness on a personal and professional level. 
December 10, 2020
Beyond the Meeting Room with Major General Ondra Berry
On this episode of Beyond the Meeting Room, we are joined by Major General Ondra Berry, the most senior uniformed Nevada National guard officer. In this dynamic conversation, the duo discusses leadership, honing your emotional intelligence and best ways to motivate a team.
December 03, 2020
Beyond the Meeting Room with Chef Thomas Connell
ALHI President & CEO Michael Dominguez has a conversation with Chef Thomas Connell of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Tune in as the duo discusses a variety of topics ranging from innovation, sustainability and leadership.   This episode is sponsored by Fontainebleau Miami Beach.  Stay connected with ALHI on LinkedIn at @AssociatedLuxuryHotelsInternational. Check out our website!
November 20, 2020
Beyond the Meeting Room with Sarah Soliman
Wonder what it takes to create a omnichannel event? Mike sits down with Sarah Soliman, a former broadcast television producer and current hybrid meeting producer and owner of Soliman Productions. The duo talks through a variety of topics from the changing landscape, to planning an omnichannel meeting. 
October 11, 2020
Beyond the Meeting Room with Dr. Lalia Rach
Two friends who are not afraid to challenge one another and debate is what you will find on today’s episode, when Mike sits down with long-time colleague, executive coach and business consultant Dr. Lalia Rach. The pair discuss how to navigate as a leader during challenging times, recognizing bias and “genuine ideas with uncommon sense.”
August 04, 2020
Beyond the Meeting Room with Delos
Tune in as Mike chats with President and COO of Delos, Peter Scialla. Mike and Peter discuss the importance of wellness of the mind and body during a pandemic, along with different points of health, wellness, and personal experiences as avid travelers. Peter comes from a well distinguished background on WallStreet at GoldmanSachs before leaving to join Delos. Delos is committed to enhancing health and well-being in the spaces where we live, work, sleep and play through standards, programs and solutions designed to promote wellness, stress resilience, performance, restfulness and joy.
June 26, 2020