Shelley Cresswell Walker is the Vice President of Brands and Innovation for Chawla Hotels located in Greenwood, Mississippi. In her role she is responsible for leading project management initiatives for hotel brand development and renovations. Shelley also works with the planning of sales, marketing, business development, and operations improvement initiatives. Not only does Shelley play a role in project management with the company she also is heavily involved with human resources through recruiting team members, working with local hiring agencies, and implementing state and community workforce development programs for the hospitality and hotel industry.
Before joining Chawla Hotels, Shelley comes into the role having experience in hospitality and tourism, manufacturing operations, workforce education, economic development, and on-campus university housing in executive positions held at the Greenwood Mississippi Tourism Commission, Milwaukee Tool, Georgia- Pacific, East Central Community College, and Mississippi State University. During her career she has managed 100s of employees and has had oversight of business operations, human resources, financial forecasts, budgets, continuous improvement initiatives, and marketing and sales strategies for various companies.
Shelley is a graduate of Mississippi State University where she holds a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology. Shelley is also a Certified John Maxwell Team Business Coach, Trainers, and Professional Public Speaker. She has been actively involved in her profession through being selected as one of the 2016 50 Leading Business Women and one of the Top 50 Under 40 business leaders in 2018 by the Mississippi Business Journal, selected for the 2015 Leadership Greenwood Chamber of Commerce program, honored as one of Greenwood’s Top 30 Under 40 and Cleveland’s Top 50 Under 50. Shelley is a member of various community and civic organizations and serves in leadership roles including executive board of directors. In Shelley’s spare time she is known for and enjoys facilitating Leadership Training for various businesses and organizations nationwide through her business, The Leadership Consultants, LLC.