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Ms. Khorshid

Lema Khorshid

Founding Partner, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Lema Khorshid is one of the founding partners at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC where she handles a wide range of legal matters for small to mid-sized closely held businesses in Chicago and New York. She frequently assists her clients with corporate transactional and intellectual property matters; and, for the past three years she has been lead counsel on several mergers and acquisitions that have taken her clients all over the globe. Her proactive and team centric approach to counseling her business clients means empowering them with practical and creative legal solutions that are closely intertwined to their business strategy. Rather than teaching them how to react to a “legal crisis”, Ms. Khorshid encourages her clients to be proactive about their business ventures by developing sound legal and business strategies that work in tandem to help them maximize their profit and ensure their long term success. Ms. Khorshid is frequently invited to guest speak at Small Business Centers all over Chicago, where she teaches workshops to entrepreneurs on a myriad of legal and business issues that affect their businesses. In 2009, Ms. Khorshid was honored by the Business Ledger for being one of the twenty two influential women in business in Chicago. Prior to being a partner at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, Ms. Khorshid spent over six years consulting hospitality, fashion, and entertainment clients on their branding and public relations strategies and initiatives in Chicago. Her clients included several prominent fashion retail establishments, hotels, nightclubs, and restaurant groups such as: The W Hotels, The Park Hyatt Chicago, Le Meridien, The Sutton Place, The Whitehall, crobar, DKNY, French Connection, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, Thomas Pink, and Bloomingdale's, to name a few. Ms. Khorshid sits on the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, The Gateway for Cancer Research, and The Light Project. She has chaired several large scale fundraisers to support arts and cultural initiatives in underprivileged communities; brought awareness to Chicago's fashion and arts scene; and, raised thousands of dollars to support educational initiatives for entrepreneurs. Since 2006, she founded and chaired the BizOver™, a large scale marketing and networking platform for entrepreneurs. Ms. Khorshid received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Finance and Marketing, with a concentration in International Business and Italian (2000). She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago (2004). Ms. Khorshid is proficient in Arabic, French, and Italian. In her time away from the office, Ms. Khorshid loves international travel, is a self proclaimed foodie, and has a penchant for fashion and film.

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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.