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Dr. Singh

Sheetal Singh

Alliance Partner, HVS Executive Search

An award-winning researcher, corporate trainer, and coach, Dr. Singh is a Professor of Leadership and Change Management for the OMBA program at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, where she received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Strategy.

Dr. Singh runs her own consulting practice, OTI Advisors LLC, providing leadership development Services to hospitality firms and is a partner with HVS Executive Search, heading its Organizational Development practice.

With a strong background in organizational development and executive training, Dr. Singh specializes in Leadership Development, Change Management, Executive Coaching, Executive Onboarding, Succession Planning, and Employee Wellness, as well as Retention Strategy.

Dr. Singh has spent the last decade studying entrepreneurs, leadership, and emotional labor in hospitality firms and start-ups. Her research and organizational development work was motivated by her dedication to support individual & organizational performance and wellbeing.

She completed her undergraduate work in Commerce at Delhi University and in Hotel Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi, India.

She also earned a post-graduate diploma in Hotel Management from The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Delhi, India. Prior to her doctoral endeavors, Dr. Singh spent over a decade in the hotel industry working with The Oberoi Group of Hotels & Resorts and the Carlson Group in various positions ranging from rooms department to food & beverage before transitioning into training & development.

Dr. Singh has appeared as a featured speaker at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and continues to serve as a coach for its Leadership Development Program.

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Dr. Singh can be contacted at +1 202-330-7069 or ssingh@hvs.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.