When it was constructed in 1926, the Post Dispatch Building was the tallest building in Houston. Home to the namesake newspaper, the building was liquidated, along with the publication, in 1932, and subsequently became the address for the corporate offices of Shell Oil Company. In the early aughts, it reopened as Magnolia Houston

This summer, Magnolia Houston unveiled the rewards of a multiyear renovation, which included enhancements to the meeting spaces, ballroom, rooms and suites, and public spaces. The revival of the Magnolia Houston pays homage to its roots as the once-upon-a-time home to a newspaper conglomerate with details such as typewriter keys outlining columns and a printing press reception desk. Featuring 314 rooms and suites, the hotel also includes a rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center and more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space on the hotel’s third floor. 

For professional speakers, engaging with an audience can begin months before stepping out onto the stage. 

Their first audience interaction might come through a teaser video in an event promotion email, says professional speaker and author David Fisher. Or they might also begin cross promoting the event on social media, according to Rich Gibbons, president of SpeakInc., a company that books event speakers and headline entertainers.

 

“You talk. We draw. It’s awesome.” That’s the motto of Ink Factory, a live visual note-taking company in Chicago. The company literally brings meeting notes to life during events by illustrating key points from a company’s keynote speaker, discussion or meeting. Visuals help engage audiences, employees and clients so they can better remember and identify with a business’ mission. As the speaker talks, Ink Factory’s artists draw, and the result is a summary of the discussion in innovative text and visuals.

 

Corporate meetings just got a whole lot healthier thanks to KitcheNet, a Chicago-based company delivering fresh produce to corporate clients to promote employee wellness.

Founded in 2017 by Trista Li, KitcheNet offers services for corporate offices, meetings, snack breaks, retreats and more, allowing clients the option of healthy eating during the work day.