21 episodes

By sharing our stories we can find better solutions. Join us in The Room Block to hear conversations with compelling professionals from the world of events and hospitality. Guests share unique perspectives on their journeys, inspirations, and challenges so you can gain insight into different facets of the industry. Hosted by Jen Salerno, who has spent the last 20 years working in various positions from hotels to housing bureaus, learning along the way that the more we understand each other, the more we can achieve together.

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By sharing our stories we can find better solutions. Join us in The Room Block to hear conversations with compelling professionals from the world of events and hospitality. Guests share unique perspectives on their journeys, inspirations, and challenges so you can gain insight into different facets of the industry. Hosted by Jen Salerno, who has spent the last 20 years working in various positions from hotels to housing bureaus, learning along the way that the more we understand each other, the more we can achieve together.

    Creating Moments as Property Managers, with Wil Slickers and Adam Knight

    Creating Moments as Property Managers, with Wil Slickers and Adam Knight

    What do boutique hotels, big box convention hotels, resort properties and vacation rentals ALL have to do in order to thrive? Wil Slickers, host of Slick Talk: The Hospitality Podcast, and Adam Knight, host of The Proven Principles Podcast and Principal at Knowing Hospitality share their expertise on the world of property management, from a one-room vacation rental to a branded city center hotel. With a focus on strategic operations yet a heart for hospitality, Wil and Adam are creating content and companies dedicated to giving back to an industry that has given so much to them.



    Wil Slickers started working for a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in Spokane, Washington and shortly realized his passion for people and hospitality was his dream life and career! Wil played many roles in the hotel of over 700 rooms, and after a few years there, he moved to the Oregon Coast to manage a small collection of independent properties and restaurants while starting a podcast.



    Now, with a high demand for content, tools, and resources for anything involving hospitality, as well as a Hospitality & Revenue Management Certification through Cornell University, Wil has dedicated his time to individual and big name operators in the vacation rental and boutique hotel segments of hospitality while still growing the show and industry network globally.



    You can find Slick Talk: The Hospitality Podcast and learn more about Wil by visiting www.slicktalkthepodcast.com/



    Adam Knight is the Creator and Host of The Proven Principles Podcast and Principal at Knowing Hospitality, a full service hotel management company that operates hotels on behalf of owners and lenders. He brings 25 years experience across luxury brands and independent companies. 



    A hospitality veteran and operations expert, he has lived and worked all over North America and the Caribbean. He loves the left brain/right brain dichotomy of the hospitality industry. One minute you’re diving into a P&L, the next you’re tasting the new seasonal menu in the restaurant. His passion lies in understanding how things work and making them better, be it small service experiences or large-scale project management.



    You can listen to The Proven Principles Podcast at www.theprovenprinciplespodcast.com/ and learn more about Adam and Knowing Hospitality at www.knowinghospitality.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Practicing What I Preach (and Maybe Even What They Preach)

    Practicing What I Preach (and Maybe Even What They Preach)

    In today’s world, authenticity seems to be more valued than ever before. However, it’s one thing to speak your truth and another to live it, especially when our private lives are becoming increasingly public. This Courtesy Block episode explores a few ways that I’ve discovered the additional responsibility, but also the reward, that comes with having your own platform, and speaking out.



    This is The Courtesy Block, a chip off The Room Block podcast.

    • 16 min
    Boss Up and Show Up to Level Up, with Judi Holler and Courtney Stanley

    Boss Up and Show Up to Level Up, with Judi Holler and Courtney Stanley

    What is stopping you from turning your dreams into reality? Whether you need tactical advice on how to set and achieve goals, or simply permission to honor your vision of who you are and what you want in the first place, Judi Holler and Courtney Stanley are here to help. As former meeting industry professionals, Judi and Courtney transformed their side-hustle into the main event and are showing others what it takes to do the same. Join me for a true power hour where Judi and Courtney offer ideas on how to inspire courage through action, alternative ways to look at and deal with anxiety, and explain why setting goals and establishing intentional daily habits are the foundation to building the life of your dreams. 



    Judi Holler owns a creative company that uses humor to help people live braver lives, protect their mental health, and build high-performance habits that last. Her work takes the experimental principles of the improv theatre and helps you apply them to the unscripted stage of everyday life. These ideas will teach you that while you’ll never be “fearless” … you can get really good at …FEARING FEAR LESS! Judi is a professionally trained improviser and alumni of Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago and she uses her training every day to smash self-doubt and experiment with fear.



    Judi’s book, Fear Is My Homeboy, became an instant bestseller on Amazon, and was endorsed by the inspiring Mel Robbins calling it …. “relatable, relevant and most importantly ACTIONABLE!” Additionally, Judi is the creator of the Fear Boss Community, The Vibe and Thrive goal-focused planner, and her top-rated podcast “Yes, And” which are all on a mission to help you fear LESS so you can DO more.You can find Judi on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @judiholler and Linkedin at www.linkedin.com/in/judiholler



    Learn more by visiting www.judiholler.com



    Courtney Stanley of Courtney Stanley Consulting, LLC is recognized globally as an award-winning changemaker, keynote speaker and event emcee, and acclaimed creator of the women-inspired podcast, Dare to Interrupt. With a background in experience design, leadership studies and business hospitality, Courtney helps ambitious professionals from all walks of life lean fiercely into the power of leading with empathy, advocating for themselves and others, and seizing “silver lining” opportunities to grow personally and professionally.



    Courtney is the youngest member to have ever been elected to Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) International Board of Directors. She is the recipient of Smart Meetings’ 2020 Women in Events Entrepreneur Award, Meetings Today’s 2019 & 2020 Trendsetter Award, MeetingsNet’s 2019 Changemaker Award, the Association for Women in Events (AWE) 2018 Disruptor Award, the 2015 MPI Chairman’s Award and 2011 MPI RISE Award, named Collaborate and Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2011, and is recognized as one of the event industry’s most impactful change-makers. Courtney serves on the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force, MPI’s Women’s Advisory Board, is a Meetings Mean Business Ambassador and is the co-founder of the award-winning movement, #MeetingsToo. 



    You can find Courtney on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @courtneyonstage and Linkedin at www.linkedin.com/in/courtneystanley



    Learn more by visiting www.courtney-stanley.com

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Introducing EventWell, with Rachael Riggs

    Introducing EventWell, with Rachael Riggs

    In a recent article listing the top 30 most stressful jobs in the world, the events and hospitality industry had the honor of securing 4 different positions. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an organization dedicated to cultivating better mental health and wellbeing in events, and for the professionals who work within the industry? Lucky for us, help is on the way! Rachael Riggs returns to the The Room Block, not only to share what she has been up to in her position of WellBeing Leader at Maritz Global Events, but also as the first US Ambassador for EventWell, a UK based organization launching in North America on March 3, 2021.



    Rachael Riggs is the WellBeing Leader at Maritz Global Events, as well as the North American President and Board of Trustee for EventWell. Rachael is a 25+ year career veteran in the event industry who is passionate about integrating wellbeing into the event experience. Having spent time on both the planner and supplier side of the event industry, Rachael landed her ultimate job experience just prior to the pandemic as the WellBeing Leader for Maritz Global Events. Connect with Rachael at linkedin.com/in/rachaelriggs.



    EventWell, based in the UK, is the event industry’s trailblazing and official not for profit social enterprise and charitable organization dedicated to campaigning, educating and supporting better mental health and wellbeing in events. EventWell is launching in North America on March 3, 2021! Learn more at eventwell.org.



    This is The Courtesy Block, a chip off The Room Block podcast.

    • 20 min
    Inspiring Passion Through Purpose, with Philippe Clarinval and Rob Brandenberg

    Inspiring Passion Through Purpose, with Philippe Clarinval and Rob Brandenberg

    Can you or your company claim a purpose that inspires the people working with and for you? It takes a visionary leader to fuel this kind of passion, and a little Swiss hospitality doesn’t hurt either. Philippe Clarinval and Rob Brandenberg are Hotel General Managers and friends who share the mentality required to infuse their teams with a dedication to service excellence, even during a pandemic. Listen in as Philippe and Rob chat about managing vs. leading, positivity vs. hope, and why it’s so important to strike a balance between the transactional and the transformative.



    Philippe Clarinval is the General Manager at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz. Following completion of his MBA degree in hotel management, Philippe worked around the world. After holding several management positions in Europe, the USA and Asia, he then served as Resident Manager of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia and Malaysia. Following that appointment, he spent seven years as Managing Director of the five-star Omnia Mountain Lodge luxury hotel in Zermatt, which he transformed into one of Switzerland’s leading hotels. Philippe is a multilingual Swiss-Belgian citizen, a member of the European Hotel Managers Association, and a current Doctoral Candidate at the University of Liverpool. He has also obtained certificates in Executive Leadership and Higher Education Teaching from the University of Oxford and Harvard University, respectively.



    Connect with Philippe at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarinval/



    Learn more about the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz at https://carlton-stmoritz.ch/en



    Rob Brandenberg is the General Manager at the Pan Pacific Seattle. Prior to this, he held positions such as the Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Operations and Hotel Manager in locations including Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Jakarta and Bangkok. Rob has worked for several luxury hotel brands like St. Regis, Peninsula, Luxury Collection, Ritz-Carlton, Regent and Le Méridien. The start of his over two-decade long hotel career started as a pastry chef back in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was also born. Going through a formal culinary training in a Grand Hotel in his hometown, his path let to New York City where he started his first assistant management role with the Peninsula Hotel Group. After stints in the Manhattan Restaurant scene, he returned to the world of hotels for good to pursue his dream of becoming a General Manager.



    Connect with Rob at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-a-brandenberg-2632366/



    Learn more about the Pan Pacific Seattle at https://www.panpacificseattle.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #PCMACL: The Virtual Event we Needed

    #PCMACL: The Virtual Event we Needed

    Can a virtual event be transformative? If you attended PCMA Convening Leaders 2021, you might say so. In this Courtesy Block episode, I recap the highlights and my main takeaways from this year’s event, including the importance of having a strong host or moderator. It may be one of the elements that helps take an engaged attendee to an event evangelist.



    Learn more at conveningleaders.org.



    This is The Courtesy Block, a chip off The Room Block podcast.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Tammia1 ,

Look forward too

Each week I look forward to listening to Jen’s podcast. I enjoy hearing the thoughts of others in our industry - we are fascinating😀a unique bunch.

rob_wilson ,

Inspired

I am extremely inspired and admire the way Jen has taken on the challenge of podcasting for the last 6 months. But also that she is open to exploring topics that aren’t obvious or comfortable. She is so positive and wants to learn. Being curious and learning different people’s points of view is a very good quality to develop. She has courage and knows how to encourage her listens through the guests on The Room Block and her shorter courtesy block podcasts. She is using the experiences and circumstances in her life to face her fears and try new things. I highly recommend this podcast!

wilslickers ,

Just WOW🤩

Jen brings such a great perspective to her audience and the industry! I love hearing the stories and interviews! Thank you for bringing value to our industry 🎉🙌🏻

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