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Ms. Miller Sander

Dawn Miller Sander

Partner, Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC

Dawn miller Sanders is a partner at Transformation Associates, LLC. As a conflict transformer, mediator and ombudsman Dawn Miller Sander assists teams and leaders on their journey of developing new and effective communications skills, especially skills important to moving through conflict. These skills positively affect organizational results, team members' morale, personal lives, and the related human and organizations costs. Leaders and their teams who embrace this work experience lasting long-term benefits in all areas of their lives. They are empowered with new tools and techniques and are further equipped to create a positive and rippling effect on those in their path. 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 practitioners (ADR) for many years to bring peace to the world. Dawn graduated from Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding with a MA in conflict transformation. Having her degree and twenty plus years as a sales leader at AT&T, she made the decision to bring conflict transformation tools to organizations. Dawn opened Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC in August 2012. She and her business partner bring Conflict Transformation tools and a unique, fun and powerful learning approach to their clients.

Please visit www.transformationllc.com for more information.

Ms. Miller Sander can be contacted at dawn@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.