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Work of Tomorrow: March 11, 2019

Host Christian Terwiesch is joined by Laura Fuentes (Senior Vice President of Talent and Rewards, Hilton) and Michael Blake (Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)) on the Monday, March 11, 2019 edition of Work of Tomorrow.

Air Date: Monday, March 11, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Michael Blake

Air Time: 12:30 pm
Featuring: Michael Blake

Laura Fuentes

Air Time: 12:00 pm
Featuring: Laura Fuentes

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Laura Fuentes

Senior Vice President of Talent and Rewards, Hilton

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As the Senior Vice President of Talent and Rewards, Laura oversees the entire Team Member life cycle: recruiting, learning & development, compensation, benefits, recognition, and diversity & inclusion programs, as well as all people analytics and strategy for Hilton Team Members around the globe. She’s been featured in the Huffington Post and Hispanic Executive for her role in creating an inclusive environment where all Team Members can Thrive@Hilton. Under Laura’s leadership, Hilton has rolled out industry leading programs for its Team Members including Parental Leave, Adoption Assistance, and its signature “Go Hilton” Team Member Travel Program.

Prior to Hilton, Laura worked for Capital One in various strategy and human resources roles, and McKinsey & Company. Laura holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Will and their two boys, Alex and Nico.

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Michael Blake

Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

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Michael Blake is the CEO of HTNG. Michael previously served as the CIO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, encompassing Joie de Vivre, Thompson, Tommie and Alila Hotels. He provided strategic leadership and sound perspective to contribute to the management and evolution of Commune’s global IT functions. Michael was previously the CIO for Hyatt and set the global technology direction for their global footprint. Michael has over 20 years of experience in finance and technology in various roles. Before his CIO positions with Commune and Hyatt, Michael was SVP of IT for First Data, CFO of IT Finance at Kaiser Permanente and Director of IT Finance for Sears. In each role, he was the highest ranking IT Finance resource and key internal consultant and advisor to international senior leadership teams. Prior to that, Michael held various financial roles within United Airlines including the controller of the IT organization. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Utah, received his MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and also his MS in Information Technology from Northwestern University. He also maintains several credentials and licenses: CAE, CPA, CMA, CISA and CITP. Michael served as a member of HTNG’s Board of Governors since 2009 and held the Treasurer position for many of those years.
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