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Ms. Mangal

Sapna Mehta Mangal

Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Management, Kendall College at National Louis University

Sapna M. Mangal, an Associate Professor in the School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management brings two decades of international hospitality and teaching experience to Kendall College at National Louis University, Chicago. She earned a M.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Marketing in 1994 at University of North Texas. She returned to Singapore as a Program Manager for an Irvine, California-based multi-national, Hospitality Management Concepts. Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur, Pan Pacific Singapore, Omni Marco Polo Singapore, Djakarta Hilton, and the Shanghai Hilton were some of her consulting projects. She received her MBA from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Management Information Systems concentration.

She joined Kendall College's School of Hospitality Management in 2004 and currently teaches hospitality marketing, e-marketing, strategic management, services marketing, service operations management and Information management courses. Prior to joining Kendall's faculty, she taught Management Information Systems at Sam Houston State University College of Business Administration in Huntsville, Texas.

She was the faculty advisor for Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) an International hospitality management honors society and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Kendall College student collegiate chapter. She has presented at various industry events, the Motivation Show and Professional Conference Management Association annual meeting and has also attended professional conferences. She served on the HSMAI IL Chapter Board as the Vice President of Student Affairs between 2010-13. She is a member of I-CHRIE and also serves on a myriad of academic committees at Kendall College.

She has published an article for the International Indian Student Guide and is also the recipient of the "Best Paper" award that she co-wrote on Sustainable Event Marketing. The paper "Sustainable Event Marketing in the MICE Industry: A Theoretical Framework." was published in the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism.


Please visit http://www.nl.edu for more information.

Ms. Mangal can be contacted at 312-752-2404 or smangal@nl.edu

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.