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Ms. Gioia

Joyce Gioia

CEO, Employer of Choice International, Inc.

Joyce Gioia is a workforce futurist concentrating on relationship aspects of the future. This arena includes workforce and workplace trends, as well as consumer, education, and business-to-business trends.

Ms. Gioia is also CEO of Employer of Choice International, Inc., a distinction earned only by companies whose leadership, culture, and best practices attract, optimize, and hold top talent. Employers of Choice® enjoy "a higher level of performance, greater workforce stability, and the level of continuity that assures preservation of the knowledge base, customer loyalty, employee satisfaction, and stronger profits".

Ms. Gioia has also co-authored five books which are focused on what employers must do to attract, optimize, and hold onto their best employees. A respected professional speaker and trainer, Ms. Gioia has earned the designations Certified Management Consultant, the highest certification granted by The Institute of Management Consultants, and a Certified Speaking Professional, the highest certification granted by The National Speakers Association. She is also a Founding Member of the Association of Professional Futurists and serves on their Board of Trustees.

In addition, Ms. Gioia is a Legacy Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and has spoken for every major hotel brand worldwide and many independents from Macau to Memphis and from San Paulo to Port Louis, Mauritius. In 2013, she was sponsored by Marriott to speak at the Innovations in Business Travel Conference in Moscow.

Ms. Gioia has spoken on 7 Continents, in 22 countries, and in 47 states. She has appeared on local and national television over 60 times in the last 2 years and recently launched her own TV program in Austin, called Looking Forward with Joyce Gioia.

Ms. Gioia holds a bachelor's degree in languages and mass communications from The University of Denver and a masters in Business Administration (specializing in Marketing) from Fordham University. She also holds masters degrees in Theology and Counseling from The New Seminary. Regularly quoted in the media on a variety of workplace topics, Ms. Gioia is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, and the International Who's Who of Business Executives.

Please visit http://www.hermangroup.com for more information.

Ms. Gioia can be contacted at +1 336-210-3548 or joyce@hermangroup.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.