Toral Desai, Psy.D. is a Principal at ghSMART, where she serves private equity and Fortune 500 clients in the areas of management assessment, talent planning and organizational change initiatives. She focuses on identifying an organization’s strategic objectives to attract, develop, and retain top talent.
Prior to joining ghSMART, Toral was at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where she partnered with the executive team to ensure business goals for the brand were supported by sound talent management strategies, particularly in the areas of leadership development, learning frameworks, and employer marketing. Before her role at The Ritz-Carlton, Toral led change management initiatives within the finance division of Marriott International.
Toral earned her Doctorate in Psychology and her MBA from Widener University. She was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina.
Toral prepared a FREE download exclusively for the Lodging Leaders community. Her guide, 10 Principles of Change Management, provides a set of practices and guidelines to help leaders effectively execute initiatives that will require change. To get the most out of this episode, download the guide.
Toral Desai, Psy.D.
ghSMART & Company, Inc.
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Atlanta, GA 30326
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