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Ms. Witt

Brigitta Witt

Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Brigitta Witt serves as global head, corporate responsibility for Hyatt. Ms. Witt is responsible for developing and implementing Hyatt's environmental stewardship, community engagement and disaster relief programs enterprise-wide; developing Hyatt's global corporate responsibility programs and policies; managing associate engagement and philanthropic programs; and reporting Hyatt's corporate responsibility results. Witt joined Hyatt in November 2007 as vice president, environmental affairs, where she was responsible for developing and implementing Hyatt's corporate sustainability programs worldwide. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Witt served as senior director of business development and general manager for GreenDimes, an organization dedicated to reducing the production and environmental impact associated with junk mail. Ms. Witt brings to Hyatt more than a decade of experience in marketing, change management and strategy consulting and has spent the greater part of her professional career developing and implementing large-scale programs and initiatives at a variety of organizations, ranging from global corporations and state governments to Silicon Valley start-ups. At Wayport, Inc. she managed the deployment of company technology and WiFi connectivity to over 8,000 restaurants for their largest client, McDonald's Corporation. For Epylon Corporation she implemented a strategic sourcing program for the New York City Board of Education, and in the early stages of her career, she developed global marketing programs for Hyatt's international properties. Ms. Witt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University

Ms. Witt can be contacted at 312-750-1234 or brigitta.witt@hyatt.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.