• Claremont Club & Spa Gains New Employee

     
    POSTED September 12, 2016
     

Katy Yong has been appointed to the newly created position of director of adventures and experiences at the Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley, Calif. Yong will create award-winning programming and tailor experiences for groups, individuals and families. She will collaborate with local and regional partners to reflect the culture of the East Bay in her activity options.

“This position is a perfect fit for Katy. She is an outgoing, energetic leader with loads of creativity,” says Leonard Czarnecki, general manager for the hotel. “Her understanding of the latest trends, pop culture, meeting and event planning coupled with her uncanny ability to integrate this information into unique programming will provide a new level of luxury service to our guests.”

She also will work with event planners to create and execute group activities and events. Yong will be in charge of expanding the wellness activities menu and further develop Signature Claremont Activities, which includes Sports Performance Coaching, Claremont’s GeoTrek, Arts+Vino+Fashion and Lifetime Well Being.

Yong first joined the Claremont team in 1999 as a spa administrative assistant and club fitness instructor. She worked her way up to several senior positions over the years and held the position of director of development before her promotion.

“I am thrilled to take on this exciting role,” says Yong. “I am especially delighted to create one-of-a-kind experiences with emphasis on team-building, arts and culture, wellness and fitness aspects to our guests and club members, that will further elevate the position of the Claremont.”

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.