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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.