Editorial Board   

Ms. Donnally

Trish Donnally

Regional PR Director , Gensler

Trish Donnally is the regional Public Relations Director for Gensler. Previously Ms. Donnally was Director of Public Relations for ForrestPerkins. She has built her career on writing about and promoting inspiring design. Following ForrestPerkins’ merger with top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman (no relation) on January 1, 2016, Ms. Donnally also began supporting Perkins Eastman in Communications. Previously, Ms. Donnally was Editor in Chief of *Washington Spaces*, a design magazine owned by *The Washington Post* that she helped launch in 2004 to celebrate the work of talented architects and interior designers.* Ms. Donnally has co-authored three books on design. The first, *The New Traditional* with Darryl Carter, one of *Architectural Digest’s* Top 100, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2008, is in its third printing. *Elle Décor* named her second book, *The Collected Home*, also co-authored with Darryl Carter, among the “Best Design Books of Winter 2012”. And she co-authored *Ingenue to Icon* with Howard V. Kurtz, D Giles Limited, London, 2015. As Fashion Editor of the *San Francisco Chronicle*, Ms. Donnally interviewed Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others, and was honored with more than two dozen national journalism awards. She covered the runway collections in Milan, Paris, and New York for 15 years. Ms. Donnally holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland. Please visit https://www.gensler.com/ for more information.

Ms. Donnally can be contacted at 512-867-8100 or trish_donnally@gensler.com

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.