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Ms. Holowka

Taryn Holowka

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

A skilled communicator, storyteller and multi-market brand strategist, Taryn Holowka brings 16 years of experience in building multinational brands. Currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Ms. Holowka heads up all global marketing, communications and public affairs efforts for USGBC and its popular LEED green building program. She is also responsible for a variety of other B2B sustainability brands at the Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), including PEER, WELL, SITES and EDGE. Ms. Holowka is responsible for the successful development, implementation and measurement of product and mission-marketing initiatives both in the U.S. and internationally while managing a dynamic staff of 30+, covering all market sectors of USGBC’s broad membership and aligned organizations. Ms. Holowka's core areas of expertise are strategic communications planning, messaging and product and brand management; project and people management; business development and analytics; emerging technologies; and leadership. Ms. Holowka was also awarded PR News’ PR Person of the Year in 2008 and nominated for Marketing Executive of the Year in 2014. Ms. Holowka holds a Masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She has been a LEED AP since 2004. Prior to joining USGBC, Ms. Holowka worked at the National Environmental Policy Institute (NEPI) overseeing an EPA grant as part of the Clean Air Act. She also was at the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA). Please visit http://usgbc.org for more information.

Ms. Holowka can be contacted at 202.828.1144 or tholowka@usgbc.org

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.