2021 – 2022 Speakers

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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 […]

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Speaker: Kristen McNamara ’10, Executive Director & Ryan McNamara ’10, Managing Director

Kristen McNamara ’10 is an Executive Director in the Chicago office of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank.  In her role, Kristen and her team manage relationships with $100 million+ net […]

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Speaker: Adam Weissenberg ’85, Vice Chairman & Chief Global Officer Audit & Assurance, Asia Pacific Leader

Adam Weissenberg is Vice Chairman and Chief Global Officer for Deloitte’s US Audit & Assurance practice, as well as the Asia Pacific Leader for the US Global Office. In addition, […]

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Speaker: Gilda Perez-Alvarado ’02, Global Chief Executive Officer

Gilda Perez-Alvarado is the Global Chief Executive Officer of JLL Hotels & Hospitality, where she is responsible for investment sales, debt and equity placement, strategic advisory and asset management across […]

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Speaker: Elle Simone Scott, Founder & CEO

Elle Simone is Executive Editor/Inclusion Leader at America’s Test Kitchen. She is also a food stylist for Cook’s Country, an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen, and host of “The Walk-In” podcast. Elle creates media […]

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Speaker: Kutina Ruhumbika, Vice President of Human Resources

Kutina Ruhumbika is a well-rounded full-service restaurant and hospitality executive with experience within large corporate environments and smaller independent operations. Her past accomplishments include being the Vice President of Human […]

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Speaker: Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark S. Hoplamazian was appointed to Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s board of directors in November 2006 and subsequently named president and chief executive officer in December 2006. Prior to his present […]

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Speaker: Yvette Thomas-Henry, Regional Vice President & General Manager

Yvette Thomas-Henry is Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Nevis. In this role, Thomas-Henry becomes the first female and first Caribbean native to take the helm […]

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Speaker: Dan Leyva ’14, Chief Wing Officer

Dan Leyva was born and raised near San Francisco, CA. In 2010, Dan moved to Ithaca to attend the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Dan […]

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Speaker: Cindy Estis Green ’79, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Cindy Estis Green’s career began in corporate marketing and senior operations roles for Hilton International. After founding the data mining consultancy, Driving Revenue, and selling it to Pegasus Solutions, Ms. […]

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Speaker: Warren Fields ’85, President & CEO

Warren Fields, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Hotel Group, has grown the Bostonbased management firm from three hotels in 1999 to over 120 hotels in the United States, […]

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Speaker: Kevin Boothe’05, Director, Football Development

Kevin was born in New York City and was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  He graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2005 and earned his MBA from […]