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Mr. Harrel

Evan Harrel

Chief Operating Officer, Center for Compassionate Leadership

Evan Harrel is the Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Compassionate Leadership. He leads the Center's thought leadership efforts and the integration of scientific and business research into the work of the Center.

Mr. Harrel started his career in the financial sector, where he managed a thirty billion dollar equity mutual fund. In the last fifteen years, he has shifted his focus to work for the greater good. In that time, he has worked in the non-profit field, where he served as the executive director of a group of inner-city Houston preschools, of Houston Habitat for Humanity and, more recently, as a board member, consultant, and advisor to non-profit organizations.

Mr. Harrel has taught about compassionate leadership to both non-profit organizations and for-profit corporate boards. He is an alumnus of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

The Center for Compassionate Leadership provides global thought leadership and training in the emerging field of organizational compassion. The Center integrates best practices of modern leadership, evidence-based science, and contemplative wisdom. While many people believe that compassion and strong leadership conflict, scientific research clearly shows the many benefits to organizations, employees and communities, including higher employee engagement, lower turnover, improved customer service levels, greater creativity, and a positive impact on the bottom line.

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

Mr. Harrel can be contacted at +1 713-569-3242 or eharrel@gmail.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.