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Ms. Miller Sander

Dawn Miller Sander

Partner, Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC

Dawn miller Sanders is a partner at Transformation Associates, LLC. As a conflict transformer, mediator and ombudsman Dawn Miller Sander assists teams and leaders on their journey of developing new and effective communications skills, especially skills important to moving through conflict. These skills positively affect organizational results, team members' morale, personal lives, and the related human and organizations costs. Leaders and their teams who embrace this work experience lasting long-term benefits in all areas of their lives. They are empowered with new tools and techniques and are further equipped to create a positive and rippling effect on those in their path. The practice of conflict transformation is a new and emerging concept in the public and corporate sector; however, it has been used by ombudsmen, mediators and alternative dispute resolution practitioners (ADR) for many years to bring peace to the world. Dawn graduated from Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding with a MA in conflict transformation. Having her degree and twenty plus years as a sales leader at AT&T, she made the decision to bring conflict transformation tools to organizations. Dawn opened Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC in August 2012. She and her business partner bring Conflict Transformation tools and a unique, fun and powerful learning approach to their clients.

Please visit www.transformationllc.com for more information.

Ms. Miller Sander can be contacted at dawn@transformationllc.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as "Biophilic Design." Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.