HB EXCLUSIVE: Educating Tomorrow’s Hospitality Leaders

NEW YORK—While today’s leaders have seen top issues evolve, tomorrow’s leaders will have to deal with them front and center.

Hotel Business held a roundtable, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, this week to discuss educating tomorrow’s hospitality leaders.

Several issues were discussed, including diversity and inclusion, labor issues, company culture, sustainability and technology.

The roundtable included veteran industry executives—such as Jagruti Panwala, chairwoman of AAHOA; Kathleen Flores, EVP of Trump Hotels; and Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA—and up-and-comers—including Nishant (Neal) Patel, secretary of AAHOA; Emily Feeney, capital markets and investment manager, Noble Investment Group; and Kiersten Pearce, VP of member and engagement services, AHLA.

“It’s up to the next generation to watch, and to listen, and to pay attention, and those are the people that you would want to invest your time in and invest money in because it’s not all just about teaching,” Feeney said. “It’s about learning and listening and taking advantage of opportunities and recognizing when we get opportunities.”

For more coverage, look for the editorial feature in the 7/15  issue of Hotel Business.