Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Melinda joins the Marriott Junior Business Council

Melinda Kwok, a recent International Hospitality Management graduate from the University of Central Lancashire is now the Executive floor receptionist at the Shanghai Marriott City Centre Hotel. In March 2016, she was nominated by the General Manager, Mr. Frank Sanders, to join the Marriott Junior Business Council. The council doesn’t just improve personal leadership skills for its members, but also helps to emphasize Marriott’s team spirit.
Melinda was nominated to join as her out-going personality, combined with her inner creativity was felt to be the perfect combination for a Council member. Mr. Silvio Rosenberg, the President of the Business Council appointed Melinda to be the Designated Event Planner for May. Her task was to plan and deliver a Team Building Day for Council Members. During the event planning process, she carefully planned activities and exercises for participants, drawing on skills she’d developed during her UCLan degree such as time management, communication and strategic planning. She had to pay careful attention to the small details to ensure that the event would achieve its objectives.
On 19th May 2016, the participants at the event had a wonderful day and it gave them the opportunity to get familiar with each other by interacting through games and talking within a relaxed environment. The main activity of the day was a cake making competition where prizes were awarded to the best decorated cake. This was followed by a professional cocktail making class, where the participants got to make popular cocktails. With Melinda’s excellent planning skills, the event was extremely successful and was enjoyed by all participants who states it will create a nice memory that they can look back on fondly. Melinda said:
“I’ve learnt so much from this event, the planning process has allowed me pay close attention to the finer details that I can apply to future tasks and roles. I aim to be more involved in activities carried out by the Junior Business Council. I also strive to impact my colleagues and customers with my passion and vitality” 
Melinda’s next project will be the ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’. The event will celebrate the fire men for being heroes, she’ll be organising the best cake making competition again as well as various group games and activities to make it a fun filled day for all.

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