The Speakers

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ALISON BIRDWELL 

President, Sports & Entertainment, Aramark, 

Advisory Board, BU SHA

SHA ’88 

DR. ARUN UPNEJA 

Dean, BU SHA
 

BRITTANY KINCH

Marketing and Advertising Associate
Boston Ballet

BU ’17, MMH ’18

ALEC DALTON

Senior Manager, Global Quality

Marriott International

SHA ’15, Questrom ’15

ANN FASTIGGI

Consultant 
Spencer Stuart

Advisory Board, BU SHA

BU ’88

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FONDA HOPKINS

CEO 
Montesquieu Wines 

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CATARINA CHANG

Co-Owner
Koy Restaurant
SHA '11 

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DANA WAUD-FLOBERG

Director 
HVS Chicago

SHA '07

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HEATHER SOUTHARD

Director of Human Resources 

Hotel Commonwealth 

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JAGRUTI PANWALA

Chairwoman
AAHOA

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JOSEPH TAGLIENTE

 Partner and Principal, The Lenrock Management Group LP, Managing Partner, Tage Capital Partners

Part-Time Lecturer, BU SHA

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KARLA BROOKLYN

Global VP Enterprise, SiteMinder

Start-Up Mentor, The Growth Works

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KRISTEN VERDEAUX

Managing Director, Institute for Global Law and Policy
Harvard Law School

MMH ’19

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MARA MENDELL

Director, Global Dining Program & Benefits, American Express

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MARIE PERRY

Corporate Board Member for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Former Chief Financial & Chief Administrative Officer of Jamba Juice

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MEG RADUNICH

Director of Career Services
BU SHA

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RAFAT ALI

CEO & Founder
Skift

DR. TAYLOR PEYTON

Professor, BU SHA
Co-Founder & Principal, Valencore 

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ALLIE WAINER

EVP & Chief Customer Officer 

Sid Wainer & Son
SHA '11

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AMY FINSILVER

General Manager

XV Beacon Hotel

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CAMERON SPERANCE

Business Reporter
Bisnow

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CHANG TRAN

Sales & Reservations Coordinator 
XV Beacon Hotel

MMH '19

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DENISE KORN

Creative Director of Lifestyle Brand

Gensler

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ELISE BORKAN

Manager in Training, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 
The Country Club 

SHA ’19

GLENN HAUSSMAN

Host of No Vacancy Podcast

President, Rouse Media

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IVY MTETWA

Trainee Manager at Wilderness Safaris - Ruckomechi Camp,

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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JESSICA STIFEL

Vice President of Strategic Meetings & Congress Management, The CM Group

SHA ’00
 

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KATRINA JAZAYERI

Proprietor and Wine Commander

Juliet and Peregrine Restaurants 

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LEORA LANZ

Chair of the Graduate Program and the
Hospitality Leadership Summit 

Full-Time Lecturer, BU SHA
BU '87

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LINDSAY NELSON

Chief Experience Officer and Brand Officer, TripAdvisor

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MARIANA SAFER

Director of Digital for the Northeast

Kimpton Hotels

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MARTHA SHERIDAN

President and CEO 
Greater Boston Convention &

Visitors Bureau 

 

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NANCY MEDOFF

Founder and Principal 
AthenaWise Strategic Solutions

Adjunct Professor, BU SHA

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RACHEL ROGINSKY

Principal
Pinnacle Advisory Group

Part-Time Lecturer, BU SHA

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TAYLOR LEMIEUX

Group Housing Coordinator 

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Boston

SHA ’17, MMH ’20

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VARAIDZO MICHELLE KABWE

Camp Manager at Wilderness Safaris - Ruckomechi Camp,

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe