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Melissa Walker

Director of Global Brand Fitness, Hilton Headquarters in McLean

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Meet Melissa Walker, Director of Global Brand Fitness at Hilton Headquarters in McLean.

After serving in the US Army for more than a decade, Melissa found her passion in fitness. She has served as personal trainer and nutritionist, finding joy helping people achieve the best version of themselves.

Not long after Melissa joined Hilton in February 2016 did her focus become fitness inclusivity. Her understanding of Guests' personal preferences and challenges proved invaluable to designing and operationalizing the latest fitness room concept.   

Melissa's work on innovating how Guests stay active during their travels continued to grow as she contemplated how to integrate technology into the Fitness Guestroom. The Fitness Guestroom takes a standard Hilton king hotel room and turns it into a private fitness center, a way for on-the-go business travelers or leisure Guests to integrate fitness into their travel with the added convenience and privacy.

Working with partners, Melissa was able to build an interactive digital fitness kiosk, where Guests can take advantage of guided workouts, and even expand their usual fitness routines. 

While the full rollout of the next generation of Fitness Guestroom is set for the beginning of May, it can already be seen at Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel  and Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Initial Guest feedback has been exceedingly positive and everyone is excited to see this new innovative platform adopted across our hotels.  

Melissa has been an inspiration to Hilton, our Guests and other Team Members! We are fortunate to have a passionate and positive leader who encourages each of us to be the best version of ourselves.

Melissa, thank you for bringing our Vison, Mission and Values to life and making Hilton the most hospitable company in the world!