Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series


Speaker: Kate Walsh, Ph.D.,Dean and E.M. Statler Professor

Kate Walsh is Dean of the School of Hotel Administration and E. M. Statler Professor. A professor of management, Dr. Walsh has been a member of the School’s faculty since 2000. She received her Ph.D. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and her M.P.S. degree from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. She […]

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Speaker: Michelle Woodley ’89, President

Michelle Woodley is President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. In this role, she oversees multiple departments across the company including sales, marketing, IT, revenue management, and customer relations. She also works closely with CEO Lindsey Ueberroth on financial planning and talent management, supports the development of other strategic areas of focus within the organization, and […]

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Speaker: Chip Wade, President

As President of Union Square Hospitality Group, Chip is responsible for further enhancing and evolving the company’s culture, driving an even greater experience for guests, and bolstering the profitability of its businesses. Chip works directly with CEO Danny Meyer, his Executive-level colleagues, USHG’s Board of Directors, and USHG’s Operations leadership teams. Chip joined the USHG […]

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Speaker: Evan Frazier ’92, President & CEO

Evan Frazier is the president and CEO of The Advanced Leadership Institute, an organization aimed at cultivating African American executive leadership to strengthen companies, institutions, and communities across America. In this new role as of March 2021, Frazier will guide the mission of The Advanced Leadership Institute to educate, develop, connect, and position African American […]


Speaker: Navin Dimond, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Navin Dimond is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Stonebridge Companies, a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer with a diverse portfolio of 64 hotels and more than 12,000 guest rooms located across the United States. Navin has a longstanding passion for and history of supporting education, having established the Dimond Fellows […]

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Speaker: Andrew Tisch ’71, Co-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee

Andrew H. Tisch is Co-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Loews Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University (1971) and an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1977). In addition to Loews, he serves on the Board of Directors of CNA Financial Corporation. He is active at Harvard Business School […]

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Speaker: Melialani James ’00, Co-Founder & President

Meli James is a cofounder at Mana Up, a Hawai’i-based initiative designed to build the state’s next generation of CEOs in the retail and food product industry. Mana Up hosts a 12-week accelerator program offered biannually to enable Hawaiʻi product entrepreneurs to scale their businesses. Additionally, she is president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, […]

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Speaker: Aradhana Khowala, Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Aradhana Khowala is globally identified as an authority on the travel, tourism and hospitality industries and has two decades of experience across 70+ countries in four continents. She is currently CEO & Founder of Aptamind Partners a Private Client Advisory that is a trusted advisor to ambitious leaders in Governments, Family Offices, Private UHNW Investors […]

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Speaker: Kevin Warren, Commissioner

Kevin Warren serves as the sixth Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and the first African American Commissioner to lead an Autonomy Five conference. After being named Commissioner on June, 4, 2019, Warren shared his thoughts on the opportunity to serve in this role: “I am absolutely honored to become the sixth Commissioner of the […]

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Speaker: Tammy Jones ’87, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Over her entire career, Ms. Jones has invested in and loaned CRE assets on behalf of large pension funds and institutional investors, including Equitable Real Estate (largest pension fund advisor and investment management firm at the time), GMACCM (one of […]

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Speaker: Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer

Sonia Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, leading a team of seasoned industry professionals to spearhead the Group’s regional and international expansion. The company comprises of ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, deluxe New World Hotels & Resorts, and KHOS™, a dynamic global business hotel brand. Ms. Cheng is also the executive […]

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Speaker: Michael Dang MMH ’07, Chairman & Founder

Michael is Chairman of Anpha Holdings and Founder of M.I.K Corporation – two leading luxury product trading, real estate development and consultancy firms in Vietnam. The companies & affiliates successfully developed thousands of luxury condominiums, villas and landed homes in Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. In 2014, Michael added more than 500ha of beach-front land, […]