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Dr. Singh

Sheetal Singh

Alliance Partner, HVS Executive Search

An award-winning researcher, corporate trainer, and coach, Dr. Singh is a Professor of Leadership and Change Management for the OMBA program at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, where she received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Strategy. Dr. Singh runs her own consulting practice, OTI Advisors LLC, providing leadership development Services to hospitality firms and is a partner with HVS Executive Search, heading its Organizational Development practice. With a strong background in organizational development and executive training, Dr. Singh specializes in Leadership Development, Change Management, Executive Coaching, Executive Onboarding, Succession Planning, and Employee Wellness, as well as Retention Strategy.

Dr. Singh has spent the last decade studying entrepreneurs, leadership, and emotional labor in hospitality firms and start-ups. Her research and organizational development work was motivated by her dedication to support individual & organizational performance and wellbeing. She completed her undergraduate work in Commerce at Delhi University and in Hotel Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi, India.

She also earned a post-graduate diploma in Hotel Management from The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Delhi, India. Prior to her doctoral endeavors, Dr. Singh spent over a decade in the hotel industry working with The Oberoi Group of Hotels & Resorts and the Carlson Group in various positions ranging from rooms department to food & beverage before transitioning into training & development.

Dr. Singh has appeared as a featured speaker at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and continues to serve as a coach for its Leadership Development Program.

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Dr. Singh can be contacted at 202-330-7069 or ssingh@hvs.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.