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Ms. Perrotta

Nicole Perrotta

Professional Trainer, Transformation Associates

As a conflict transformation and emotional intelligence expert, Nicole Perrotta speaks, coaches, and trains leaders who yearn to bring out the best in themselves and their teams. The practice of conflict transformation is a new and emerging concept in the public and corporate sector; however, it has been used by ombudsmen, mediators and alternative dispute resolution(ADR) practitioners for many years to bring peace to the world. The values, tools and practices used in the ADR circle to create peace in the world have been adapted by Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC (CTA) for the business world. Organizations that embrace this philosophy foster a culture of collaboration in the midst of differing points of view. This culture nurtures an engaged, empowered and highly productive workforce that generates an improved bottom line. Ms.Perrotta attributes much of her success in business to the lessons she learned early while working in the service industry to pay for college. It was in the midst of the chaos of meeting establishment standards, creating a great customer experience and building consensus amongst co-workers with differing points of view that she realized she needed to continuously develop and improve her ability to communicate effectively and respectfully. After graduating from the University of Texas' McComb's School of Business, she embarked on a successful sales career as an account executive, opening US markets for an upstart European beverage company establishing its product's foothold in American stores. With dedication, effective communication and tireless salesmanship, Ms.Perrotta was a driving force behind Red Bull, N.A.'s dominant position in the North American energy drink market. After moving to the telecommunications industry, she established herself as a top sales performer with AT&T, crafting the message and value prop that AT&T used to land one of their first enterprise hosting sales. Ms.Perrotta began managing complex solutions sales to some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500 like Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Geico. Now she's combining Fortune 500 best practices with Emotional Intelligence skills and Conflict Transformation tools, bringing a unique, fun and powerful approach to leading teams with heart and wisdom.

Ms. Perrotta can be contacted at 703-216-5746 or nicole@transformationllc.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.