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Ms. Levitt

Rachel Levitt

Vice President, HVS Executive Search

Rachel Levitt is Vice President at HVS Executive Search based in San Diego. She brings a holistic approach to working with a diverse range of hospitality clients at both the mid-management and executive levels across all functional areas within organizations. Her career experience includes leading Talent Acquisition and Recruiting for Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group in New York, where she teamed up with operations leaders to create a strategy for building a sustainable pipeline of new talent. 

She has also held strategic partnerships and project management roles in the technology, finance and environmental fields. She partners with organizations ranging from entrepreneurial startups to those in the Fortune 500. Ms. Levitt's background combined with her passion for helping others find their best career paths naturally lends itself to the field of executive recruitment.

Ms. Levitt graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in Leadership and Management Strategy. She is a founding member of the school's Innovation and Creativity in Business Society and remains active in the Real Estate and Hospitality Alumni groups.

Ms. Levitt is also dedicated to helping students navigate their careers and volunteers as a career coach and mentor through both the universities she has attended. "Nothing is more exciting and rewarding for me than helping others discover the next step in their career journeys. Whether it is a graduating college student, an experienced executive, or a close friend, I love helping people see the future, and their own potential, in a new light."

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

Ms. Levitt can be contacted at +1 516-248-8828 or rlevitt@hvs.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.