by Michael J. Shapiro | August 13, 2014
Two hotel companies launched initiatives this week that were inspired by the TED Talks series of short educational presentations. Hilton's initiative, dubbed HED Talks (Hilton Elevated Discussions), is a video series that features industry thought leaders speaking on their respective topics of expertise. The videos, which will be published regularly to the Hilton Connect meetings portal, are organized into four subject areas: Building Connections, Driving Results, Creating Experiences and Doing It All Responsibly. Among those interviewed in the initial videos are Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association; Bobby Heard, associate executive director at the American College of Emergency Physicians; Marie Hunter, senior director, meetings, conferences and events for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Bernard Quancard, president and CEO of the Strategic Account Management Association; and Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association. The videos can be seen here.

Omni Hotels & Resorts, meanwhile, announced the details for its fourth annual Be Collaborative road show, a series of educational sessions that brings together thought leaders, meeting planners and travel professionals. Each session will offer a distinguished guest speaker and professional development presented by an industry expert. This year's format is intended to drive speaker and attendee interaction through forum discussions in three interactive sessions: "Straight Talk," a presentation from STR about supply and demand and how planners can leverage trends to save time and money; "Meetings Technology," a presentation from Encore Event Technologies about the latest trends, as well as a demo of OmniLink, an app provided for free for events at Omni properties that contract with Encore; and "Omni Meetings University," an online planner educational portal that provides all relevant details about the Omni brand as well as meetings industry trends. Be Collaborative has been certified by the Convention Industry Council to provide continuing education credits for participating planners. Eight sessions will be offered across the country, beginning at Omni Berkshire Place, Aug. 21, in Manhattan. Details can be found here.