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Ms. Phillips

Molly Phillips

Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Molly Phillips began her career in hospitality as Concierge for Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. She was a founding member of the “Green Team” for the hotel and achieved many successes in this area for the hotel; starting a hotel-wide recycling and composting program and working with Engineering Dept. on energy saving initiatives. In 2006, the hotel was awarded “Recycler of the Year” by the Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council. Ms. Phillips moved to Seattle and began working for Kimpton Hotel Group in 2007. After completing a degree in Sustainable Business, she was named Manager of Sustainable Partnerships for all three Seattle Kimpton hotels. She created a pilot program to set companywide standards and metrics for monitoring the hotel's environmental footprint and represented the company on panels, roundtable discussions and press interviews. The pilot program was then adopted company-wide to provide footprint analysis for guest rooms and meetings. Ms. Phillips joined Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle in 2010 as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. She created and is evolving the PanEarth Program to explore and improve upon all aspects of their environmental and social sustainability. Ms. Phillips was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated with a B.A. in Communications / Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a degree in Sustainable Business.

Ms. Phillips can be contacted at 206-323-3733 or molly.phillips@panpacific.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.