A suitable rendezvousOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Weall know that employees can now be trained at their desks, but there is still astrong argument for hosting events away from the office. Christina Goldinglooks at the options Ifmanagers have warmed to the emergence of e-learning and in-house training overthe past decade, then company ‘bean counters’ must be positively glowing.Thousandsof pounds have been subsequently cut from training budgets, and justifyingspending a huge wedge of corporate profits on a conference or meeting venue isa tough call for any training manager.Itis a trend recognised by the Woodland Grange training centre near LeamingtonSpa, Warwickshire. For example, it has found that more companies are requestingits health and safety and management training to be conducted on companypremises, rather than at its own centre. But Heather Edwards, Woodland Grange’ssales and marketing co-ordinator, sees the downsides.”Delegatesare not as focused. They are going off in their lunch breaks to do some workand pick up telephone messages, and sometimes even get called off the course inthe afternoon.”Edwardsalso believes that delegates do not value in-house training very much. If theyare sent to a comfortable venue in beautiful surroundings, fed, and perhapsgiven accommodation, they immediately feel more valued by the company and aremore receptive to training.TonyRogers, executive director of the British Association of ConferenceDestinations (BACD) agrees that there are added benefits to training away fromthe office.”Weare now seeing the emergence of virtual conferences and more in-house training,but this is no replacement for interacting with people, particularly duringcoffee breaks and lunch times,” he says. “It’s important to have somehuman interaction to keep us sane.” ExpectationsOnceyou have won the case for spending some of the precious budget on a venue, itis vital to ensure that the venue meets your expectations and those of thedelegate. The last thing a training manager needs is for staff to come back tothe office moaning about what a terrible time they had.Theneeds of the delegates and of the training manager mean that there are two setsof values to fulfill, says Jane Littlewood, sales and operations director forHayley Conference Centres: “We bear both sets of values in mind,” shesays.”We know that the budget holder is looking for the right location,with well-equipped rooms, natural daylight and a support network, whiledelegates want to be able to park easily, and work in comfortable surroundingsthat keep them in the right mindset for learning. “Goodvenues deliver the return on investment by ensuring the feelgood factor fordelegates and making training managers feel at ease,” she says. Nationwidethere are around 5,000 conference and meeting venues from different companies,which means a huge choice, but facilities can vary and it pays to checkbeforehand.Forexample, Jane Norford, operations co-ordinator for Chameleon Training, asubsidiary of British Airways, has recently been looking at hotels in theHeathrow area. She warns that although many hotels give a good impression ofthemselves on their websites, the venues should always be viewed in person.”Forexample, there was one hotel that looked lovely on its website, but when I wentto see it, the lounge reeked of smoke,” she says.So,are dedicated conference centres a better choice? With meetings and conferences being the core business, thededicated training centre can offer a more work-orientated atmosphere.CarylJones, marketing manager of Initial Style Conferences, which has 28 venuesthroughout the UK, says: “Because all we do is training, we are just moregeared up for it than a hotel. There’s no coachload of tourists or childrenrunning around.” Anotherfeather in the cap for the dedicated centre is that most are well equipped withthe latest technology and can offer support if things go wrong. Technicalback-up should be included in the venue fee, as it is with the 33 venues underthe Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE) banner. You should check for theinclusion of technical support when booking a venue, and it is advisable tofind out exactly what that support entails.StewartElsmore, chairman of the CCE and director of the Cranfield ManagementDevelopment Centre, says: “What you don’t want is a hotel porter fiddlingwith the equipment and deciding it can’t be fixed.”Indefence of hotels, there are certainly many groups that have been working hardon their conference and meetings offerings.Hotelconsortium Best Western is offering a free service to find a venue forcustomers from one of its 300 hotels offering meeting and conferencefacilities. All hotels have to meet a set of criteria under its First Placescheme, which includes basics such as comfortable chairs, rooms with naturaldaylight, air-conditioning and refreshments.TheHilton Group has gone even further with its Hilton Meetings brand. Itguarantees a range of facilities that are consistent in each venue, fromtechnical equipment to the standard of meeting rooms.HughTaylor, vice-president of marketing, UK & Ireland, believes that hotelshave a number of advantages – the biggest being a wider choice of location.”Thechoice of location is crucial and Hilton, with 77 hotels in the UK and Irelandoffering meeting facilities, is very well positioned,” he says.Tayloralso points out that many customers enjoy the ‘hotel experience’, such as therestaurants, bars and lounge areas.QualityThequality of accommodation for delegates shouldn’t be overlooked. Delegates arelikely to have high expectations, being used to the luxuries provided by four-and five-star hotels. The Middle Aston House conference centre in Middle Aston,Oxfordshire has just spent £1.5m on two new accommodation blocks.LizMullard, marketing manager says: “Residential facilities are extremelyimportant, particularly for senior management. Rooms must be comfortable buthave a good standard of business equipment, such as ISDN links. Today’sdelegates enjoy working away from distractions during the day but need to beable to get back in touch with the office in the evening.”Thechoice of venue is often dictated by the type of event. Many centres and hotelsare set in acres of grounds that lend themselves to activities associated withteam-building and motivation training. Thesame venues will often offer smaller rooms for more studious types of training,so it may be wise to check before booking a venue what activities will be goingon at the same time.IanLawson, director of training for office supplies company Lyreco UK, warns:”If other people are leaping around on a motivation event outside thewindow, it could be distracting for your training session.” Oncehappy with your chosen venue, you will need to exercise some canny negotiationskills to get the price down. Some training organisers leave bookings until thelast minute to secure a good deal.Thetrouble with this tactic is that you may not get your first choice of venue.But those who can afford to be flexible get the best deals, and manyorganisations, such as Initial Style Conferences, offer early-bookinginitiatives or cheap deals during off-peak periods, such as December and aroundBank Holiday weeks.Itis best to get a copy of the terms and conditions at this stage and carefullycheck exactly what the price includes, such as the provision of technicalequipment and refreshments.AsLawson points out from bitter experience: “It can be embarrassing andstressful to find that certain equipment is not provided on the day. “Thismight sound mundane, but even something that small can spoil a goodevent,” he says. IAskyour venue provider…–Does the room have natural daylight?–What technical equipment will be provided?–Is there immediate help for technical problems?–What refreshments are included?–Is there adequate parking?–Is there a break-out area and will it be shared by other groups?–What facilities do the bedrooms provide?–What is the cancellation policy?–What other activities are planned elsewhere in the venue at the same time?–Who will provide fire alarm/health and safety information to delegates?Andnow for something completely different…Thesenew and unusual venues are bound to be a talking point among delegates andcould add a real buzz to a sales or motivational event:–TV’s Big Brother House at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, can behired for training and corporate entertainment and is available between filmingfrom December to March. Geared towards motivational training, agency Skybridgeoffers a team-building activity day for around £25,000 for 40 people.Alternatively, companies can work with Skybridge to devise their own trainingevent, which can include an overnight stay for up to 14 people, costing around £20,000.For more information, call Skybridge 020 8254 1785.–If you want to appeal to the child within, you should consider Birmingham’sOrange Studio. This non-residential conference venue includes a ‘playground’,complete with space hoppers, a punch bag and all the old favourite games suchas Kerplunk and Connect 4. Squishy sofas and a help-yourself coffee and juicebar add to the relaxed atmosphere of this break-out area.Thevenue also has 10 meeting rooms, the largest accommodating up to 120 people. Ithas a computer training room, with full technical support provided, a roof-topgarden and restaurant. The Orange Studio, which is owned by the mobile phonecompany, charges £42 per person, which includes refreshments and lunch. Formore information call 0800 0790909 or visit www.orangestudio.co.uk–The Glasgow Science Centre may appeal to those seeking a futuristic theme.Resembling a spaceship that has landed on the banks of the River Clyde, thisimpressive building, which opened to the public last year, is the result of a£75m investment and is fast becoming one of Scotland’s favoured venues forcorporate events and meetings. The Imax theatre is particularly popular withits massive 80x60ft screen, which can be used with Power Point presentations.The centre’s atrium area can also be adapted for seminars and seats up to 250people. The Science Centre consists of three buildings and has a number ofoptions available to event organisers.Formore details, call 0141 420 5010 or visit www.gsc.org.ukContacts& WeblinksNationwidevenue providers:BestWesternTel: 08706 040506 www.bestwestern.co.ukBritishAssociation of Conference DestinationsTel: 0121 212 1400 www.bacd.org.uk ConferenceCentres of ExcellenceTel: 01306 886900 www.cceonline.co.ukHayleyConference CentresTel: 01296 722100 www.hayley-conf.co.ukHiltonMeetingsTel: 0800 321 3232 www.hiltongroup.comInBusiness ReservationsTel: 01483 520770 www.ibr.co.ukInitialStyle ConferencesTel: 0800 592250 www.initialstyle.co.ukVenuemastersTel: 0114 249 3090 www.venuemasters.co.ukIndividualvenues:BigBrother House, Elstree, HertsTel: Skybridge 020 8254 1785BradenhamManor, High Wycombe, BuckinghamshireTel: 01494 563996 www.bradenham.grant-thornton.co.ukBurleighCourt, Loughborough, LeicestershireTel: 01509 211515 www.burleigh-court.co.ukCranfieldManagement Development Centre, BedfordTel: 01234 752700 www.cranfield.ac.ukTheGlasgow Science CentreTel: 0141 420 5010 www.gsc.org.ukLakesideManagement Development, Windermere, CumbriaTel: 015395 30224 www.lmd.org.ukMiddleAston House, Middle Aston, OxfordshireTel: 01869 340361 www.middleastonhouse.comMollerCentre, CambridgeTel: 01223 465555 www.mollercentre.co.ukTheOrange StudioTel: 0800 0790909 www.orangestudio.co.ukWoodlandGrange, Leamington Spa, WorcestershireTel: 01926 336621 www.wgrange.com Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. 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Home » News » Agencies & People » Land and New Homes Network Grows previous nextAgencies & PeopleLand and New Homes Network GrowsThe Negotiator16th February 201701,699 Views A fast growing network which brings estate agents and house builders together has moved into new offices with a long term plan to turn them into a hub for high calibre businesses related to the property industry.The Land and New Homes Network (LNHN,) is a membership organisation for non-competing independent estate agencies. It has moved into a converted warehouse in Marlborough, which will house their offices, meeting and training rooms. Ample space has been earmarked for property professionals including architects, planners, designers, researchers and others to work and collaborate in.Kevin Ellis, founder of the LNHN, said, “We brought forward our plans due to the rapid take up from new members keen to be in a position to meet the demand for land and new homes expertise.“It was always part of our plan to offer a hub where people working in the industry to work alongside each other sharing ideas, contacts and best practices. For our network’s members the new offices offer a place where they can attend our onboarding sessions and training courses which are all aimed at helping them to win more land and new home business. It’s a really exciting move.”LNHN Managing Director, Ian Stratford, said, “The vision is to create a place where the best in the land and new homes sector can thrive.“Our members will have the opportunity to meet builders and property developers here in a space designed to fit both of their needs. The easy access to professional services is also a huge plus point.“It shows our commitment to the industry and our members. We want to make it as easy as possible for them to build relationships, expand their opportunities and ultimately win more instructions.”Humberts has has become a founding member of the Land and New Homes Network.Adam Phelps Head of Land and New Homes at Humberts says, “We’re delighted to have joined the Land and New Homes Network – already we’ve generated business off the back of it and look forward to an exciting 2017. Our involvement is great news for our clients – the network’s national coverage means we have strong relationships with builders, developers, investors and estate agents from across the UK. This is good for anyone selling land or new homes with us, as it increases the amount of potential buyers enormously.” www.lnhnetwork.co.ukLand and New Homes Network LNHN February 16, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
DENVER — There are so many other places Mac Williamson could have been instead of Coors Field on Tuesday.Williamson could have been at Raley Field in Sacramento, giving an encore performance after launching three home runs for the Triple-A River Cats on Monday. He could have been in another major league stadium, playing for a different team after being designated for assignment by the Giants this spring. Williamson could be out of baseball altogether, too, as it took him more than five months …
Inconsistent would be the best way to describe the salmon fishing out of Eureka at the moment. The beach bite that was holding steady for a few weeks off of Table Bluff has finally dried up. The last couple days the action has been slightly south of the entrance in 170 to 200 feet of water, roughly 8 miles offshore.A decent afternoon bite developed there on Tuesday and boats that stuck it out until the end were rewarded with some quality salmon. A very small fleet, including three charter …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Widespread heavy rains last week brought most fieldwork to a halt in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 14th. Heavy rains through the state have brought many concerns for producers. Ponding has occurred in low lying areas, drowning out crops and favoring disease. The muddy, wet fields have prevented producers from being able to spray and fertilize at ideal times causing concerns over disease, pest, and weed pressure. Hay producers are concerned that delays will adversely affect quality. Despite the predominantly wet conditions in the northern part of the State, dry conditions persist in many areas, mainly in the south. Southwestern, and parts of the south central and southeast Ohio were identified as abnormally dry on the Drought Monitor Report released June 11th. Rainfall over the past week was insufficient for relief, and many weather stations are still reporting cumulative deficits going back to April 1st.View the complete report for the week ending June 14th, 2015
Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. One thing that invariably surprises people when I walk them through a house during their first blower-door test is how much air leaks in through the electrical switches and receptacles. On a recent Friday, we went out to do the last home energy rating in our latest HERS rater class, and we got to see something even better. But first, let’s talk about that air leakage. We have a number of surprises waiting.First, people are surprised that so much air leaks in through those holes. Second, they’re surprised when I show them that just as much air leaks in through switches and outlets on interior walls as on exterior walls.Why? Because the wires that came to that switch or outlet probably came through holes drilled through the top or bottom of that wall. In older homes, those holes weren’t sealed. Even in newer homes, where building inspectors generally enforce fire codes that require those holes to be air-sealed, attic air still gets into the wall from the gap between the top plate and the ceiling drywall. RELATED ARTICLES Questions and Answers About Air BarriersGBA Encyclopedia: Air BarriersService Cavities for Wiring and PlumbingVideo: How to Hang Airtight DrywallGBA Product Guide: Airfoil Airtight Receptacle Boxes Airtight DrywallQ&A: Airtight electrical boxes Q&A: Are sealed electrical boxes needed for the airtight drywall approach when using drywall gaskets?Q&A: Do I have to clean out and replace the Great Stuff? Why do switches and receptacles leak?Switches and receptacles themselves aren’t airtight. The holes you see in front (around the edges of the switch and right through the receptacle) are connected to holes in the back (where the wires plug are connected). These electrical devices sit inside an electrical junction box, so that connects air in the house to air in the junction box.To get electricity to the switch or receptacle, wires have to come into the box. The photo below shows the back of a typical junction box, with all its holes. Take a look at all those holes. There are four knockouts for each switch/receptacle, and even the ones that haven’t been knocked out still leak like a sieve.Those holes in back connect the holes in front with the air in the wall cavity. As I said at the beginning, the wall cavity in many homes is connected to air in the attic, basement, crawl space, garage … all those unconditioned places you don’t want to be connected to. In other words, all those holes are part of a three-dimensional network of air leakage that connects the inside to the outside. I blew a gasket!In the house we visited that Friday, the owner told us that he’d put gaskets behind the switch and receptacle covers. So we looked at them during the blower-door test to see how well they worked. Check out the video below.That’s quite a breeze blowing the smoke during the test. Yes, the gaskets may have reduced the amount of air leakage, but if you asked me if it were worth the cost of installing them (which is mostly labor because the foam gaskets are cheap), I’d say no. How can you stop this air leakage?For new homes, the best way to do this is to find an airtight junction box or use a cover that you mount before installing the junction boxes. An example of the former is the one made by Airfoil. Rather than being made for ease of wiring with no consideration given to airtightness, these junction boxes make the air sealing very easy by including a gap above the box where you spray a little bit of foam. (See their installation photos to get a better idea of how this works.) EFI sells junction box covers made by LESSCO that can hold up to a triple-gang junction box. You install regular junction boxes inside their cover. The advantage with these covers is that they’re made to be airtight whereas a standard junction box clearly is not. The wiring penetrations in the polyethylene cover are easily sealed.In existing homes (or new homes if it’s too late to do the above), you’ll need to seal all those holes in the junction box with fire caulk. If you get those holes sealed up and also seal the gap between the junction box and the drywall, you’ll do a much better job of stopping air leakage at your switches and receptacles than you would by installing gaskets. Several years ago, I put gaskets in all the switches and receptacles in a house. The before-and-after blower door tests were pretty much identical (within the uncertainty of the equipment). So why don’t gaskets help much?The main problem is that gaskets seal the parts that are already sealed. Air doesn’t leak in through the plastic cover itself, yet that’s where most of the foam is. They do help reduce leakage a bit for covers that don’t fit snugly against the wall, but they do next to nothing about the holes in the switches and receptacles.
Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Power Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Libelium#LinkNYC#LQD#Smart Cities#verizon Smart city technology saw developments on two fronts this past week as Verizon boosted its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy through the LQD WiFi acquisition and Spain’s Libelium launhced a new platform for smart city sensors.TechCrunch reported that U.S.-based wireless giant Verizon acquired LQD WiFi to further its IoT strategy in the smart city arena. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but to date LQD had only raised $1.73 million in funding.LQD develops outdoor display equipment that house sensors which collect weather, crowd and other data. The interactive displays also provide WiFi connectivity as well as community information and emergency alerts.LQD’s primary product is a kiosk-like structure called Palo that seeks to engage citizens. The interactive array is in competition with the similar LinkNYC public terminal which suffered embarrassing headlines after its misuse for pornography and blaring music.“LQD’s Palo technology hubs capture Verizon’s vision of delivering citizen engagement experiences by connecting people with their communities while providing critical security, transportation and wayfinding solutions as well as Wi-Fi capabilities,” said Verizon senior vice president Mike Lanman.Verizon has made three other acquisitions this year to beef up its emerging IoT business. The IoT strategy is seen as syncing up with Verizon’s parallel acquisition program that is adding capabilities from consumer-focused media concerns.Libelium debuts new platformMeanwhile, Spain’s Libelium launched its new IoT Sensor Platform for Smart Cities at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona.The platform is designed to provide increased accuracy for air quality and sound sensors, which is in response for market demands for higher precision.The company said in a release that its enhanced sensor design on its new platform seeks to help smart cities of the future address two of the most important environmental risk factors. In particular the platform will accommodate sensor monitoring through highly accurate air pollution sensors and traffic monitoring microphones.“The accuracy of these sensors and the fact of being wireless communicated with any Cloud platform in real time make them the perfect complement to extend the capillarity of these services in Smart Cities,” said Libelium Chief Technology Officer David Gascón.
The prospect of England winning the Test series against India and becoming world number one side has led to huge rush for tickets for the remaining three matches, according to a report. Following England’s victory at Lord’s on Monday there has been a rush to buy tickets for Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, the venues for the second and third Tests, a report in the Guardian said. “There is a handful of tickets available at 40 pounds for (the first day), just two for Saturday for 60 pound and most are still on offer for Monday, which also gets you in on the Tuesday, for 30 to 40 pounds,” the report said quoting a salesperson at the Trent Bridge, where England will bid to go 2-0 up when the second Test starts on Friday. For the Edgbaston Test which starts on August 10, fourth day is sold out, third day is “nearly sold out”, and on the opening day and second day there is limited availability, with the box office advising: “book as soon as possible.” According to the report, the opening three days of the final Test at The Oval have virtually sold out. Visitors to The Oval’s website currently have to wait around 10 minutes for the ticketing page to load before discovering seat availability for the Test which starts there on August 18, it said.With inputs from PTI
City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, the non-profit Arts organization that has been reaching out to at-risk children for almost 30 years, is pleased to announce that Max Adler (Glee’s Dave Karofsky, Switched at Birth’s Miles Conroy) will kick off Fresh Focus 2014 – setting in motion two very different online auction websites (Bidding for Good and Charity Buzz) October 1st at noon.He will also kick off the in-person event at The Stagecoach Ranch, Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA on Sunday October 19th from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.“As a young man starting out, I joined an amazing talented theater troupe and performed classical plays around Los Angeles,” says Adler. “Several of the troupe knew about Sherry and Bob Jason and City Hearts. I visited the program and saw for myself the amazing talent emerging from their Shakespeare program. I felt that if I could in any way help City Hearts and the hundreds of kids in Los Angeles who otherwise might never be exposed to Art or Shakespeare or Photography or Dancing, I could not help but get involved. As I watch these inner-city students become more confident, opinionated, and talkative – and see the light behind their eyes come back and their zest for life return, I know that they will take this into the world with them. It’s an amazing thing to witness.”Adler has channeled much of his City Hearts energy into his Anti-Bullying campaign. “Through my character on Glee, I have really analyzed bullying under a microscope, and have talked with many experts as well as people who have experienced bullying. City Hearts helps me to bring awareness to kids that it’s totally OK to be who you are and to be original. That if someone is bullying you, it’s because they have their own issues and insecurities. I see a dynamic change as young people go through the various City Hearts programs. Not only are they having an intense artistic learning experience, but they’re also becoming more confident in themselves and in their outlook for the future.”“It is important to me to keep this program alive and growing,” Adler adds. “That’s why I became involved in their yearly Fundraiser – Fresh Focus: The Story Behind the Shot I’ve seen the amazing photography that has been donated. I’m honored to be able to kick off their online auction and will be there to join with both the photographers and photography collectors at the event on October 19th. It promises to be a fun setting and a great afternoon. Most importantly, this is a way to really help and support City Hearts emotionally and financially, so that Sherry and Bob Jason and the wonderful people behind City Hearts can continue to help kids in these incredible Arts programs – and help change their lives for the better and forever.”After over 29 years of working tirelessly to bring the arts to at-risk children, Sherry Jason’s enthusiasm for her work is as fresh as the day, as a new lawyer, she heard a 13-year-old piano prodigy play Mozart by year. A 13-year-old who had just been convicted of murder. It was then that she and her husband Bob formulated the desire to reach at-risk children – before the damage was done. Today, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts continues to provide free classes in photography, Shakespeare, Dance and Music to Skid Row, Inner City and at-greatest-risk children.For tickets, click here.
The TJ Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research has announced its 2016 Women of Influence Awards which will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel, Terrace Room located at 768 5th Avenue in New York hosted by popular radio host and actress Robin Quivers.The popular annual awards and luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction beginning earlier at 11:30 a.m. The awards celebration honors seven outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health. Grace Sewell, the popular female singer/songwriter hailing from Australia and known as Grace will perform at the event.Honorees include Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef and Owner at Ariane Kitchen and Bar and star of the hit television show Top Chef along with Debra Joester, President and Owner of The Joester Loria Group, the global licensing agency recognized for producing innovative, award-winning brand extension programs for some of the world’s best brands and Kristine Johnson, Co-Anchor of the CBS 5pm and 11pm News and Emmy Awards nominee. Also being honored is Dalia-Lamming Tilly, M.B.A., Comptroller for the Transport Workers Union Local 100, Nancy Lieberman, NBA Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings and Hall of Famer as well as a Two-Time Olympian, Ruby Marchand, Vice President of International Repertoire Development at Warner Music Group and Vice Chair of the Recording Academy and Sue Phillips, President and CEO of Scenterprises, the custom fragrance company.Tickets and more info can be found here.The Women of Influence Awards & Luncheon reception and silent auction will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. when the luncheon begins and the award presentations take place.