Mary Jo Dolasinski has been training and teaching in both industry and academia for over 20 years. As Vice President of Talent, Learning and Internal Communications, she oversees the Talent process from recruitment through continuous development of its leaders for White Lodging. She also directs the efforts of building employment brand, engagement and retention of the White Lodging associates.
Over the last several years, Mary Jo’s efforts has earned national recognition for White Lodging, including the Top 125 Training Companies from 2008-2011 as determined by Training Magazine, the Industry Recognition Award for ongoing efforts toward the advancement of hospitality and tourism education, presented by International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Association (ICHRIE) and “Best Practice Champion” in American Lodging Excellence by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
She has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and workshops for many organizations and universities including; MPI, Indiana Chapter, ICHRIE, the League of Cities, Purdue University, the Hospitality Business Alliance, University of Central Florida, Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers, New York University and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. She has authored several articles, written a chapter on training for the “Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation,” authored “Train the Trainer: Performance Based Training,” Prentice Hall 2003, and has co-authored both an “Immigrant’s Guide to the American Workplace: Making it In America,” Prentice Hall 2002 and “The Family Guide for the American Workplace,” Learnovation 2003.
Mary Jo has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a master’s degree in Communication and Creative Arts.
Mary Jo’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“One of the most valued experiences was the ability to interact with the faculty on a regular basis. The interaction was invaluable in learning important lessons that allowed me success in my jobs.”
Mary Jo’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students:
“Never stop learning. The world is changing so quickly. To have continued success throughout your career you will need to constantly upgrade your skills and knowledge to meet the new demands.”