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Ms. Martin

Whitney Martin

Founder, ProActive Consulting

As a measurement strategist, Whitney Martin's passion and expertise lies in the field of surveys and assessments. A self-professed “data nerd,” Ms. Martin has a Master's Degree in the area of Human Resources Measurement and Evaluation and has conducted extensive research on the predictive validity of various hiring assessment strategies. In 2003 Ms. Martin founded ProActive Consulting, which specializes in delivering data-supported insights into job candidates, employees, teams, leaders, customers, and organizations. Using valid and reliable assessment and survey tools, the firm provides practical, actionable information to leaders that informs business decisions and has a measurable impact on the organization's bottom line. ProActive partners with clients of all sizes and across industries—to date they have worked with organizations ranging from the NFL to offshore oil rigs, and from multi-national healthcare systems to boutique photography studios. In 2014, Ms. Martin was a highly rated speaker at the National SHRM conference. Her session was entitled “IQ? EQ? 4-Q? What Every HR Pro Should Know about Hiring Assessments” (she has also authored a white paper by the same name). The Harvard Business Review subsequently recruited her to write an article on “The Problem with Using Personality Tests for Hiring” (Aug 27, 2014). And, TD Magazine featured her article “Putting Talen to the Test” in April, 2016. Ms. Martin is also a contributing author of several Anthologies, including What's Next in Human Resources (2015), Hope for Leaders Unabridged (2015), and The Evolution of Human Resources (2016). Ms. Martin is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC). In addition to conducting custom employee and customer surveys, she works with organizations to help them systematically identify what they could be measuring in job candidates that will have a positive impact on the metrics that matter most to the business. Ms. Martin resides in Louisville, KY

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

Ms. Martin can be contacted at 336-202-2385 or whitney@consultproactive.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.