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Dr. Tinnish

Susan Tinnish

Senior Strategist, Minding Your Business

Sue Tinnish, Ph.D., is a Senior Strategist at Minding Your Business. Minding Your Business (MYB) is a strategic agency that specializes in customized solutions that solve the most pressing strategic challenges impacting organizations and destinations today. Strategy is the cornerstone of all of our services. MYB works with client organizations by developing relevant, meaningful and sustainable approaches to strategic planning, branding, marketing/ communications strategies, development and sales/customer/member initiatives, plus helping organizations engage with their audiences through re-engineered meetings and events. MYB has a 20+ year proven record of organizational transformation. Our work is rooted in research and evidence-based decision making. Dr. Tinnish works with clients on strategic planning, organizational change and business innovation.

Formerly, Dr. Tinnish served as the dean of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management and the International School of Business. As Dean, she oversaw and managed all aspects of the Schools including faculty and curriculum selection, assessment and program direction. She served as a member of Kendallís academic leadership team. Initially joining Kendall as a faculty member, Dr. Tinnish taught courses on leadership, organizational behavior, sustainability, meeting management and human resource. She is a highly regarded thought leader in the hospitality industry.

Dr. Tinnish is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Some of her recent publications include: Embedding Sustainability into a Hotel: One leaderís view of the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, co-written with Dr. Kevin Lynch appearing in Sustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation, Greenleaf Publishing, 2016. Also appearing in the same book is her chapter, A Strategic Decision Framework for Hotel Managers Embarking on a Sustainable Supply Chain Management Initiative. She also contributed two chapters (Designing the Meeting Experience and Strategic Meetings: Aligning with Organizational Priorities) to Professional Meeting Management: A Guide to Convention, Meetings and Events, 6th edition.

Dr. Tinnish earned her PhD from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and marketing from University of Chicagoís Booth School and a B.S. in communication studies from Northwestern University.

Please visit http://www.myb.net for more information.

Dr. Tinnish can be contacted at 312-870-7155 or sue.tinnish@myb.net

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.