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Ms. Carr

Lisa Carr

Housekeeping Director, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Lisa Carr, Housekeeping Director at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has worked in a variety of positions and locations throughout her twenty three years with The Walt Disney Company. Starting her career in the operation as a housekeeper, Ms. Carr has worked in multiple resort hotels and opened several properties across the Walt Disney World® Resort. From Value to Deluxe resort hotels, she quickly learned that the only difference between each location is the theming and not the level of service; Disney's standards of hospitality are consistent across property and help set them apart from other companies in the industry. Ms. Carr takes every opportunity to make her team's efforts more effective and efficient whether by following industry trends down to the equipment her team uses. Throughout her career, she has built relationships and developed skills that have equipped her to be an informed, hands-on leader who believes in the development of her leadership team. With a passion for quality and guest service, Ms. Carr empowers her team to be role models and to take ownership over each and every guest experience. Always striving to deliver on the promise of being 'the place where dreams come true,' she pushes her team to always exceed expectations through individualized guest service. With millions of guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort each year, it takes a hard-working team of talented hospitality professionals to make that promise a reality.

Please visit http://www.DisneyHousekeepingJobs.com/HotelExecutive for more information.

Ms. Carr can be contacted at 407-939-2273 or Recruitment.Marketing@disney.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.