Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Abrams

JoAnna Abrams

CEO, MindClick SGM

JoAnna Abrams is Founder & CEO of MindClick, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance measurement solutions for global organizations. MindClick's technology and consulting services are used by global organizations to implement responsible sourcing programs to help achieve their environmental, social responsibility, and business goals. Named a hospitality industry innovator by Lodging Magazine, Abrams combines 8 years of sustainability experience with twenty years of business strategy, research, and brand management work for global leaders in consumer products. Ms. Abrams is a frequent speaker on the topics of sustainability and consumer trends, advances in supply chain initiatives and the effective use of scorecards in driving progress. Sample speaking engagements include: The Cornell Hospitality Research Summit, The North American International Auto Show AISI Press event, The Hospitality and Design Expo, HI Connect, The Lodging Conference, Sustainable Brands, and National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2012, Abrams was selected to present research findings from a joint Expedia MindClick study at the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit highlighting the impact a hotel's sustainable purchasing choices has on guest perception and loyalty. In 2011, Abrams created the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Marriott International and 25 leading suppliers and purchasing organizations. Together the Consortium created a framework, based on global standards, for measuring supplier sustainability performance. Known as the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index, that framework is now used by Marriott International and others to encourage improvement in the social and environmental performance of their vendors. Prior to the founding of MindClick, Abrams led strategy, research, and new product development efforts for recognized consumer products brands including MGM, Nestle, Pepsi-Co, Toyota, and Wolfgang Puck. Abrams holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in finance from University of Illinois. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Bend, Oregon.

Ms. Abrams can be contacted at 310-828-6216 or jabrams@mindclicksgm.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.