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About me

With over 20 years’ experience in human resources, hospitality, and academic roles, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and Organizational culture. Providing advanced leadership, employee engagement, and human resource consulting, Dr. Giffen understands the complexities of the dynamic workforce of today.

Dr. Giffen’s career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resources departments for Fortune 500 companies including Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Marriott Hotels Worldwide as well as serving as the head of human resources for over 700 employees at Market Broiler Restaurants. Dr. Giffen then found his passion for teaching and consulting which led him to achieve a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Hospitality management with a research emphasis on human resources. This pursuit led him to the role of culture and human resource speaker where he was asked to speak at organizations including the Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association, CalPoly Pomona, the International Education Corporation, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Currently, Dr. Giffen supports a variety of organizations including construction, finance, and hospitality in both culture and human resources strategy as well as speak at local and national audiences on H.R. strategy including person-organizational fit and culture.

I have a deep personal passion for developing individuals and organizations and watching them grow.

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Healthy cultures support new ideas and offer an environment where people can express themselves freely and without fear.  I help facilitate this for individuals and organizations. 

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From retention, to law impacting hospitality, to easy tips on building moral, the blog provides a multitude of knowledge for your everyday.

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A show on all things HR and the crazy things we go through as hospitality professionals that you’ll be discussing with friends, family, and colleagues.



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Dr. Ryan Giffen


Ph.D., Hospitality Management – Iowa State University
Focus: Organizational culture; Employee strength and positioning 

M.A., Organizational Leadership – Biola University

B.A., Social Sciences – Biola University

Certificate, Human Resources Management – California State University, Long Beach