Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Buxman

Karyn Buxman

Principal, Karyn Buxman

Karyn Buxman is a research-based expert on applied humor, whose latest undertakings are her TEDx talk—“How Humor Saved the World”—and her upcoming Forbes book, Funny Means Money: Strategic Humor for Influence. As a neurohumorist, Ms. Buxman's career resides at the intersection of humor and the brain. She is masterfully funny, but her passion and calling is sharing the practical benefits of humor. Ms. Buxman helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.

She has spoken to more than 500 organizations including NASA, the Mayo Clinic, the US Air Force and the Million Dollar Roundtable. Wowing audiences with her high content and high energy—Ms. Buxman is serious about humor.

Ms. Buxman is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and is one of 194 professionals (and one of only 43 women) to be inducted into the National Speakers Association's Speaker Hall of Fame. She is also a member of American Nurses Association (ANA), Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor (AATH), the International Society of Humor Studies, the National Speakers Association (NSA), Advisory Board Invisible Disabilities, and the Advisory Board and diplomat for American Institute of Stress.

Ms. Buxman is the author of Lead with Levity: Strategic Humor for Leaders, Amazed and Amused: How to Survive and Thrive as A Healthcare Professional, This Won't Hurt A Bit! And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare, What's So Funny About... OR Nursing? She is also the co-author of Top Secret Tips for Successful Humor in the Workplace and What's So Funny About Stress: How to Use Healthy Humor to Build Radical Resilience.

Please visit http://www.karenbuxman.com for more information.

Ms. Buxman can be contacted at 858-603-3133 or karyn@karynbuxman.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. 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.