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Ms. Levin

Jessica Levin

President & Chief Connector, Seven Degrees Communications

With a background in marketing and event planning, Jessica Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE has a passion for connecting people and creating experiences based on strategic goals. She has a reputation as the “Go To” person regarding marketing, event design and anything involving trends in technology. Jessica uses social networking tools to build and strengthen both personal and business relationships and teaches others how to embrace social media as a way to create both corporate and personal brands. Ms. Levin’s professional background includes experience in the professional services arena, association management and industrial marketing. Her strategic approach to marketing includes a mix of both traditional marketing channels and web 3.0 tactics. She focuses on creating, strengthening and maintaining relationships for business and for the people that drive them. Ms. Levin is the President of the New Jersey Professional Marketers Association (NJPSMG) and is the Digital Communications Chair for the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM). She currently serves on the social media advisory group for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She was named Planner of the Year by the New Jersey chapter of MPI and is a JASPER Award winner in the special event planning category. Ms. Levin holds the designation Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certified Association Executive (CAE). She was named New Jersey’s 2009 Top Forty Under 40, a Planner to Watch by Convention South magazine in both 2010 and 2012 and was inducted into the New Jersey Social Media Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2011 Connect Meetings and Rejuvenate Magazines named her to their Forty Under 40 list. Ms. Levin is a frequent presenter on the topic of strategic social media, marketing, networking, event engagement and technology. She has authored numerous articles on marketing, event design and social networking and blogs at Sevendegreescommunications.com. Ms. Levin earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with majors in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Ms. Levin can be contacted at 908-912-4418 or jlevin@sevendegreescommunications.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.