Mr. Wood

Christopher Wood

Director of Social Responsibility

The Center for Association Leadership

Christopher Wood currently serves ASAE as the director of social responsibility and ASAE Convene Green Alliance.

As director of social responsibility, Mr. Wood, along with iCohere and David Cooperrider, Ph.D., launched ASAE’s Social Responsibility Initiative in 2007, followed by the groundbreaking Global Summit on Social Responsibility in April 2008. The first-of-its-kind Global Summit connected more than 800 ASAE stakeholders via face-to-face meetings in Washington, DC and 19 connected locations around the world and online to co-create a social responsibility agenda for the future of the association profession.

Mr. Wood recently assumed the leadership of ASAE’s newly acquired 1,000-member Convene Green Alliance (CGA). CGA is the premier source for professional networking, online tools and resources, as well as outreach and education about producing green meetings and events in the association industry.

Previously, Mr. Wood directed and produced ASAE & The Center’s Nation’s Capital Distinguished Speakers Series held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. For 13 seasons the series hosted presidents, prime ministers, Nobel Laureates, media personalities, entertainers, and other celebrities at the top of their field speaking on current events and their leadership roles. Mr. Wood also held other posts with the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, ASAE, and The Center for Association Leadership.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at 202-326-9530 or cwood@asaecenter.org

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review




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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board – for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driver’s seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.