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Ms. Silberman

Jennifer Silberman

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Hilton Worldwide

Jennifer Silberman is the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide as well as Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. In her role as Chief of Staff, Ms. Silberman acts as a strategic advisor to the CEO. As Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Ms. Silberman leads a global team responsible for the strategy, integration and implementation of Hilton's corporate responsibility commitments and initiatives around the world across the company's 12 brands. In this role she sets high level goals and priorities, drives scaled investments and manages all global NGO relationships and initiatives. Ms. Silberman joined Hilton Worldwide in 2010 from APCO Worldwide, where for eight years as Vice President in the corporate responsibility practice she counseled Fortune 500 companies and global foundations on strategy and program design, measurement, stakeholder engagement, reporting and results-oriented philanthropy. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the United States and throughout Latin America and Africa in the areas of economic development, sustainability, human rights, women's empowerment and youth opportunity. Ms. Silberman holds a Master of Arts in International Economics and Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Latin American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Half Argentine, she is a native Spanish and Portuguese speaker and fluent in French. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on The Future of Jobs and currently serves on the boards of the international NGO, Pact and gBCAT, a business coalition working to end human trafficking.

Ms. Silberman can be contacted at 703-883-1000 or jennifer.silberman@hilton.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.