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Ms. Kovary

Giselle Kovary

President, n-gen People Performance

As president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc., Ms. Kovary is dedicated to building strategies and programs that help clients target, motivate and engage employees in order to increase performance and productivity. She is a sought after resource to industry leaders, having worked with 18 of the top Fortune 500 companies across North America, including Chevron, Cisco, TJX and Xerox. Over 60,000 people globally have experienced an n-gen workshop or presentation. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than a dozen years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance. Ms. Kovary has created solutions and programs in five practice areas - sales & customer service, leadership, team building, Millennials and human resources. As a human resources expert, Ms. Kovary is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio. n-gen partners with clients to deliver existing 'off-the-shelf' learning programs from our library of 27 courses, or designs custom learning solutions. Our highly interactive learning programs engage all levels within an organization, from C-suite executives to front line employees. All n-gen training is based on the two books Ms. Kovary has co-authored: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. Ms. Kovary has a Master's degree in communication studies from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and raises money for breast cancer research in her free time.

Please visit http://www.ngenperformance.com for more information.

Ms. Kovary can be contacted at 416-362-7564 or gkovary@ngenperformance.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.