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Ms. Gaulin

Sorya Gaulin

Director, Corporate Public Relations, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

You already know Sorya Gaulin. You have read about her in news stories. She is “The Woman Who Declined to Comment.” Ms.Gaulin became the Director of Corporate PR at Four Seasons in July of 2007. In 2010, she added Social Media to her roster, underscoring her expertise as a highly innovative and integrated marketer. In her role, she oversees all PR and Social Media agencies on a global basis. Having been a journalist once herself, Ms.Gaulin comes to Four Seasons with a keen understanding of what makes a compelling story. As a seasoned traveler, she takes a global outlook and emphasizes the importance of understanding cultural differences and how they impact marketing. Through this lens, she works with her team to develop clever and creative campaigns that truly connect with people, as that's what Four Seasons is known for. With more than 15 years of experience in brand marketing, Ms.Gaulin has lots to say on the topic of brand power and feels blessed that has only worked for brands that she truly loves. In her former role as Director of Marketing and then Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Giving with Indigo Books & Music Inc, Ms.Gaulin oversaw all aspects of the retailer's external communication as well as author and celebrity events including Bill Clinton, Sting and Jamie Oliver, and three memorable Harry Potter launches. Prior to this, she led Marketing, Public Relations and Social Campaigning for The Body Shop Canada, which took her on a road trip across Canada speaking about violence against women and body image issues. Not surprisingly, Ms.Gaulin takes great pleasure in a good e-book, loves food and has tried many weird delicacies through her travels, and enjoys photography and fishing. As a native of Quebec, she is fluent in French and English; she will also speak Italian when forced to in Italy; and can manage to order a meal in Czech (as long as it's beer and fried cheese). When asked to speak about this, Ms.Gaulin politely declined to comment.

Ms. Gaulin can be contacted at 416-441-4440 or sorya.gaulin@fourseasons.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.