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TLC Events Group
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Art and science facilitate dynamic group experiences in the Southwest
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
eeting in art-centric Santa Fe, N.M., might seem out of
character for a group of neurotrauma scientists, but the
city ended up offering the perfect balance of right- and
left-brain activities for attendees during the National Neurotrauma
Society Symposium, held June 28 to July 1.
"Everything around that town is really encouraging the growth
of artists," says Karen Gottlieb, president of TLC Events groups, the
company that organized the event. "I think it was neat for our very
left-brained attendees to be surrounded by really inspiring works
of art everywhere they went. It made them look at the world in a
The annual, 600-person educational meeting focuses on
traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. While the 4-day event
took place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center,
attendees stayed in four hotels-La Fonda on the Plaza, Hilton
Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Eldorado Hotel & Spa and Inn and
Spa at Loretto Santa Fe-surrounding the Santa Fe Plaza. The
walkability of Santa Fe and its small-town vibe were key reasons
the group chose it, says Gottlieb. The central plaza even served
as a place for people to connect and hangout, especially with
restaurants and shops so close by.
"Santa Fe had a very intimate feeling," says Gottlieb. "The
group is very specialized in what they do, and some of the other
meetings for this specific topic are huge, with about 30,000
people. Attendees coming to this meeting expect to have a deeper
connection with the other attendees, speakers and sponsors, and
being in a smaller location where you're going to bump into each
other more often really helps that."
One of the event's highlights was the Monday-night event at
the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The Women in Neurotrauma
Research group sponsored the event here because it's the only
museum in the U.S. dedicated to an internationally known female
artist. It was a fitting backdrop for the female speaker, who spoke
and led a mentoring session about her experience with the National
Institutes of Health. After the session, attendees explored the
photographs, sculptures and paintings created by O'Keeffe.
The New Mexico History Museum served as the location
for the meeting's last-night event on Tuesday evening. Attendees
walked through the Palace of Governors past the Portal Native
American Artisans program, where dozens of New Mexico Native
American artists sell their handmade arts and crafts daily. Attendees
then entered the original hacienda, which is now the museum
that houses permanent and temporary exhibitions about the local
people before heading out on the grassy courtyard area to watch
flamenco dancers, a native tribal singer and Spanish guitarist.
"This was definitely one of the best events we've ever had,"
says Gottlieb. "We consistently heard that people loved the city and
thought it was a great location from Day One. I think most people
haven't been to Santa Fe, and it is on people's bucket lists."
Gottlieb says to quell any concerns, there was information
about how to get to Santa Fe from the airport on the event's
website months in advance.
"My biggest advice would be not to count [Santa Fe] out
because it seems more difficult to get to. What I thought was going
to be a much more difficult transportation issue, really wasn't.
I thought attendees would complain about the transfer from
Albuquerque, but [the landscape] is so different that they just spent
the time looking out the window."-Jessie Fetterling
"I think it was really neat for our very left-brained attendees to be
surrounded by really inspiring works of art everywhere they went.
It made them look at the world in a different way."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue September/October 2015
Planner’s Pick: Santa Fe
Fresh Meets: Grupo Posadas Expands Into US
Bureau Buzz: Detroit CVB
Good Business: Singapore Tourism Board
Sea Shores: Cuba: Pioneering a “New” World
On the Verge
On Location: Costa Rica
On Location: Langham Place New York
On Location: Norfolk
Checkout: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Prevue September/October 2015