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Ms. Buahene

Adwoa Buahene

Co-founder / Managing Partner, n-gen People Performance Inc.

As a managing partner and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc. (www.ngenperformance.com) Adwoa K. Buahene works with C-suite leaders and HR teams to understand and build strategies and programs that target, motivate and engage all four generations. With over 13 years of training and performance consulting experience, Ms. Buahene has devoted the last 7 years to researching and creating solutions that measurably improve workplace productivity. Industry leaders in both the private and public sector have leveraged Ms. Buahene's generational expertise since 2003. As co-founder of n-gen, she has presented at North America's leading HR conferences, written numerous whitepapers and co-authored the book Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations. She is regularly quoted in national newspapers and trade magazines, radio and television. Ms. Buahene has a master's degree in analytic philosophy from Dalhousie University and was recently nominated for an RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Human Resource Professionals of Ontario, and Provincial Partnership Council. She is the chair of the United Way Allocations Panel, and executive committee board member of VHA Home Health Care. About n-gen n-gen has worked with 10 of the 14 Canadian Fortune 500 companies. n-gen's diverse client group spans small, medium & large enterprises, including 5 of the top 6 Canadian banks, 20 leading post-secondary institutions in North America, 12 of Canada's largest energy companies, and government agencies at the federal, provincial, and municipal level. More than 25,000 people have benefited from n-gen's expertise in the last 6 years, by attending a workshop or a presentation. n-gen's training programs, e-learning, and consulting services provide people managers at all levels, from front line to CEO, the strategies and techniques needed to manage, engage and lead a multigenerational workforce.

Ms. Buahene can be contacted at 416-362-7564 or abuahene@ngenperformance.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.