Speaker: Chris Kirby ’15, Founder & CEO – Ithaca Hummus

Chris Kirby is a trained chef and the founder and CEO of Ithaca Hummus. In 2013 Chris left his restaurant career and opened a stand at the Ithaca Farmers Market […]

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Speaker: Ron Simpson, Founder – The Avocado Show

“You can speak anything into existence.“ Creative serial entrepreneur Ron Simpson [36] discovered this life philosophy at quite a young age and never ever looked back. After setting up and […]


Speaker: Jeanelle Johnson, Principal & Lead Partner – PwC

Jeanelle Johnson is a Principal, Lead Client Partner and Travel, Transportation and Hospitality (TTH) sector Co-Leader at PwC, focused on client service, industry perspective and research for the firm’s leading […]

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Speaker: Dana Beninati ’15, Founder – Dine with Dana

Dana Beninati is a James Beard award-winning producer, educator and writer. After years teaching celebrity chefs how to cook on camera, she has turned her kitchen into a classroom for […]

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Speaker: Sean Tolkin ’13, Vice President, Land Strategy & Market Performance – World Travel Holdings

Travel is in Sean’s DNA and he has been with the World Travel Holdings’ family his entire career. As the Vice President of Land Strategy and Network Performance, Sean is […]

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Speaker: Jennifer Chaplin Tolkin, Vice President, Family-Owned Brands – Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Jennifer Chaplin Tolkin is Vice President, Family-Owned Brands and East Region Trade Development Director for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol. In this role, […]

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Speaker: Ruben Ortega Jr. ’13, Co-Founder & Principal – Spark Hudson Advisors LLC

Ruben is Co-Founder and Principal of Spark Hudson where he primarily provides strategic hotel advisory services for family offices, investors, developers, and operators. The firm’s core capabilities flex across hotel […]

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Speaker: Andreas Scriven ’00, Lead Partner – Deloitte UK

Andreas is the Lead Partner – Hospitality & Leisure based in our London office. He has extensive advisory and M&A experience across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and […]


Speaker: Malaika Myers, Chief Human Resources Officer – Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Malaika Myers has had a 25+ year career in Human Resources, working in the chemical, consumer products, and hospitality industries for public and private companies.  She currently has the honor […]

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Speaker: Michael Gross ’97, CEO – Knotel

Since April 2021, Michael Gross has been the CEO of Knotel, a leading amenitized, flexible office provider in North America and Europe. Prior to that, Michael joined WeWork in March […]