• Meet Wendy Worley

     
    POSTED October 31, 2016
     

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Wendy Worley was recently hired as director of sales and marketing at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel in Colorado.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales and marketing at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel?

As director of sales and marketing, I’m most looking forward to the redevelopment of a high results-oriented team.

2. How do you think past industry experience has prepared you for this role?

I have held multiple roles as a director from independent hotels to brand hotels including opening the first dual Hilton property in Denver.

3. How did you get into the industry?

I started my career at the Hilton Oakland Airport as a senior sales manager and relocated to Denver Colorado to join the Hilton Denver Tech Center team. I have also held director positions at Magnolia Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek Denver and Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport North.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role as director of sales and marketing?

It’s exciting to be a part of a historic landmark and share the iconic western muralist Allen Tupper True. Additionally, I’m excited to introduce such great culinary expertise with unique food and beverage offerings to improve presentations and pairings on our menu.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

I enjoy the perfect mix between leisure travelers, business travelers, and our group clientele. Additionally, I enjoy the stories of the exceptional experiences our guests have through the hotel.

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs on top with sweatpants on the bottom became work-friendly outfits, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.