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Ms. Curtis

Nina Curtis

Founder & President, The Nile Institute

Nina Curtis is the founder and president of the Nile Institute, 'A Source Vit'al', located in West Hollywood, California. The Nile Institute is dedicated to offering exceptional wellness services, the finest in quality personal care products and information that is relevant for its clients to make responsible choices about their individual wellness, beauty and personal care needs. Motivating, dynamic, and inspirational all describe Nina Curtis' interaction with audiences during seminars, lectures, workshops and keynote speeches. Ms. Curtis' enthusiasm and sincere desire to move her audience to action, has captured the attention of many corporations looking for leadership and consulting in the areas of corporate communications, sales force and technical training. Known as the "Esthetician's, Esthetician", Ms. Curtis has a twenty-plus year history in the professional skin care industry, where she is respected as an innovative skin care specialist, educator, lecturer and businesswoman. Originally licensed as a cosmetologist, Ms. Curtis has obtained certification in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupressure, Micro Current, Reiki and Color Light Therapy. Ms. Curtis has trained throughout the United States, France, Germany, Australia and England. She received her Bachelor degree of Science in Management and her MBA from Pepperdine University and is also a graduate of the Lynwood Business Institute. Recognized as a trailblazer, Curtis has served as a volunteer member of the Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Council and as Director of Education for Aesthetics International Association. Through her work with many of the cosmetics' industry heavy-hitters, she has been instrumental in the development and execution of training modules and programs for salons and spas. Ms. Curtis continues to travel internationally to heighten the standards of the professional skin care industry. Ms. Curtis has received five "Teacher of the Year" awards from the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design, located in Los Angeles, California, which inducted her into the Hall of Fame. In 2002 Ms. Curtis received the coveted 'Distinguished Alumna Award' from Pepperdine University for her outstanding accomplishments in serving humankind through the humane pursuits of business, for participating in building a stronger university and for her personal character as an example to all of the university's students, alumni and faculty. Ms. Curtis has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program that provides skin care and cosmetic seminars for cancer survivors. Ms. Curtis has also reached out to the future business community as a volunteer speaker and valued mentor for the Academy of Business Leadership program located on several Southern California college campuses. Ms. Curtis currently serves on the UC Irvine Spa & Hospitality Management advisory board.

Ms. Curtis can be contacted at 310-275-6453 or curtiscomm@earthlink.net

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.