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Ms. Woodley

Michelle Woodley

Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Management, Preferred Hotel Group

Michelle Woodley holds dual positions as Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Management and Senior Vice President of Public Relations for Preferred Hotel Group. She oversees the strategy and management of distribution and reservation systems and provides functional oversight of Revenue Account Management, in addition to directing the company’s brand websites and e-commerce strategies. Her Public Relations responsibilities include guiding the company’s media strategy to greater awareness of the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands in major global markets. Prior to her current roles, Michelle served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy, with responsibility for the execution of branding, global marketing programs, and online distribution for the group and its brands. Before joining Preferred Hotel Group, Ms. Woodley was Vice President of Distribution for Swissôtel and Raffles Hotels & Resorts from 1997 to 2002, where she oversaw the strategic direction and operations of the company’s electronic distribution and database solutions. She held various senior positions in operations, marketing, and distribution with Swissôtel from 1990 to 1997. Ms. Woodley has been an active board member in industry organizations. She served two terms as president and two terms as vice president of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), and she was a founding member of the Open Travel Alliance (OTA) and served two terms on OTA’s board of directors as treasurer. Ms. Woodley is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Ms. Woodley can be contacted at 312-238-9880 or mwoodley@preferredhotelgroup.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.