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Ms. Wolski

Leslie Wolski

President, Wolski Spa Consulting

With more than two decades in the spa industry, veteran Leslie Wolski brings a wealth of experience to her clients as a Spa Operations Consultant. Most recently, Ms. Wolski was the Spa Director at Villagio Inn & Spa, overseeing the daily operations for the luxurious 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio and its staff of seventy-five massage therapists, estheticians, concierge and spa attendants, Ms. Wolski was directly involved in the design and development of the Spa Villagio project. Spa Villagio was recognized as a top resort spa by both Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure. Ms. Wolski has worked as a spa consultant to nationally-recognized full service spas and clubs nationwide. Her clients have included such notables as: The Houstonian in Texas; Ventana Resort & Spa in Big Sur, California; The Mayacama Club in Sonoma County, California; The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California; Turnberry Ocean Colony in Sunny Isles, Florida; and The Spa at the Hilton Cancun Resort, in Cancun, Mexico. Previously, Ms. Wolski worked as spa operations manager and then spa director, serving on the executive committee of the well known Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California. In her capacity with the hotel, Ms. Wolski oversaw the resort’s multi-million dollar spa upgrade and renovation, opening the new Sonoma Mission Inn Spa in 1999 to rave reviews. Boasting a passion for spa education, Ms. Wolski is an accomplished author of SPA - Refreshing Rituals for Body and Soul which was published in 2002 for The Body Shop. The book focused on how to care for yourself with simple treatments from around the globe that cleanse, relax and revitalize the body and spirit. Ms. Wolski is a former executive committee member of the International Spa Association (ISPA) board of directors, an instructor at The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology in San Francisco, as well as, being a contributing writer to ISPA’s Pulse Magazine and SKIN INC. Magazine. Ms. Wolski also serves as a spa industry speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications Studies, where she graduated with Cum Laude from California State University, Sonoma. The Santa Rosa, California resident is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family and training for triathlons in her spare time.

Ms. Wolski can be contacted at 707-953-2202 or lwolski@sonic.net

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.