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Ms. Snyder

Mari Snyder

VP Social Responsibility & Community Engagement, Marriott International, Inc.

Mari Snyder is responsible for developing Marriott's social responsibility strategy and its global implementation and, in her role on the company's Global Green Council, collaborates enterprise-wide to develop Marriott's sustainability strategy and practices, in support of the Council's executive co-chairs. Ms. Snyder manages Marriott's portfolio of innovative environmental initiatives, including a rainforest preservation project in the Amazon and a water conservation/micro-enterprise project in Southwest China. Ms. Snyder's team establishes and manages the company's community partnerships, corporate contributions, disaster relief, associate volunteerism and stakeholder engagement programs. She reports the company's sustainability and social responsibility results. Ms. Snyder joined Marriott in 1999. Marriott International, Inc. is a leading lodging company with nearly 3,700 lodging properties in 72 countries and territories. Marriott employs approximately 129,000 employees and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for and one of the world's most admired companies. Prior to joining Marriott, Ms. Snyder worked for M&M/MARS for nine years. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Ms. Snyder serves on the Board of Advisors of the Universities at Shady Grove, University System of Maryland and the Business Advisory Council of St. Bonaventure University.

Ms. Snyder can be contacted at 301-380-2702 or mari.snyder@marriott.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.