The Speakers

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

FONDA HOPKINS

CEO 
Montesquieu Wines 

CATARINA CHANG

Co-Owner
Koy Restaurant
SHA '11 

DANA WAUD-FLOBERG

Director 
HVS Chicago

SHA '07

HEATHER SOUTHARD

Director of Human Resources 

Hotel Commonwealth 

JAGRUTI PANWALA

Chairwoman
AAHOA

JOSEPH TAGLIENTE

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

Part-Time Lecturer, BU SHA

KARLA BROOKLYN

Global VP Enterprise, SiteMinder

Start-Up Mentor, The Growth Works

KRISTEN VERDEAUX

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

MMH ’19

LESLIE LONE

Senior Manager of Events

The Wing, SHA 06

MARA MENDELL

Director, Global Dining Program & Benefits, American Express

MARIE PERRY

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

MEG RADUNICH

Director of Career Services
BU SHA

RAFAT ALI

CEO & Founder
Skift

DR. TAYLOR PEYTON

Professor, BU SHA
Co-Founder & Principal, Valencore 

EVP & Chief Customer Officer 

Sid Wainer & Son
SHA '11

ALLIE WAINER

General Manager

XV Beacon Hotel

AMY FINSILVER

Co-Creator, Host, and Co-Executive Producer of Hotel Impossible

Travel Channel, Managing Director & Founder of Argeo Hospitality

ANTHONY MELCHIORRI

Business Reporter
Bisnow

CAMERON SPERANCE

Sales & Reservations Coordinator 
XV Beacon Hotel

MMH '19

CHANG TRAN

Creative Director

Gensler

DENISE KORN

Manager in Training, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 
The Country Club 

SHA ’19

ELISE BORKAN

Host of No Vacancy Podcast

President, Rouse Media

GLENN HAUSSMAN

Trainee Manager at Wilderness Safaris - Ruckomechi Camp,

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

IVY MTETWA

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

SHA ’00
 

JESSICA STIFEL

Proprietor and Wine Commander

Juliet and Peregrine Restaurants 

KATRINA JAZAYERI

Chair of the Graduate Program and the
Hospitality Leadership Summit 

Full-Time Lecturer, BU SHA
BU '87

LEORA LANZ

Chief Experience Officer and Brand Officer, TripAdvisor

LINDSAY NELSON

Director of Digital for the Northeast

Kimpton Hotels

MARIANA SAFER

President and CEO 
Greater Boston Convention &

Visitors Bureau 

 

MARTHA SHERIDAN

Founder and Principal 
AthenaWise Strategic Solutions

Adjunct Professor, BU SHA

NANCY MEDOFF

Principal
Pinnacle Advisory Group

Part-Time Lecturer, BU SHA

RACHEL ROGINSKY

Group Housing Coordinator 

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Boston

SHA ’17, MMH ’20

TAYLOR LEMIEUX

Camp Manager at Wilderness Safaris - Ruckomechi Camp,

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

VARAIDZO MICHELLE KABWE

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