HEC 82

HEC 82 Board

Sustainability Through Innovation

The theme "Sustainability Through Innovation" capitalized on the then-emerging trend of environmental sustainability, but even then it was not limited strictly to environmentalism. The theme addressed an existential and very contemporary question: what must innovative hospitality organizations do in order to survive and thrive? Everyone knew that the world was changing fast, and a stagnant organization would soon become a dead organization. What people may not have known, however, were the keys to success—the keys to staying alive and relevant as a hospitality organization, then and now.

The aim of HEC 82 was to find answers, and with the help of expert panelists and cutting-edge thinkers, the program helped take the uncertainty and mystery out of how to be green in an ever-changing world.

HEC 82 Board of Directors

Arthur Chang '07
Managing director

Colin Thoreen '08
Procurement director

Erica Killam '08
Food and beverage director

Carlene Tan '08
Marketing director

Liz Longstreet '08
Executive chef

Tanya Wong '09
Guest services director

Tekla Israelson '07
Program director

Geoffrey Gray '08
General manager

Sara Beveridge '08
Design director

Justin Sun '08
Human resources director

Karl Manalili '07
Food and beverage service director

Lawrence Harte '07
Director of business and financial affairs

Jennifer Jeng '09
Conference services director

Grace Juan '08
Hotel operations director

The Program

"The Entrepeneurial State of Mind"

Speaker: Leland C. "Lee" Pillsbury '69, chairman and CEO, Thayer Lodging Group

Connecting with Culture: A Case Study in Sustainable Tourism

Presenters: Ethan Hawkes '07, Professor Robert J. Kwortnik

Beyond Service: Hospitality Through Sustainability

Speakers: Ted Ning, executive director, LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) Conference; Mark Milstein, director, Center of Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University's Johnson School of Management; Stefan Muhle, general manager, Orchard Garden; Jim Root, president, ISPA (International Spa Association) & general manager of spa operations, Sea Island; Sandra Taylor, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company; Mark Wuttke, principal, Wuttke Group, LLC

Student/Business Collaboration: Westin Hotels and Resorts

Speakers: Sue Brush, senior vice president, Westin Hotels and Resorts; Professor Chekitan Dev, School of Hotel Administration

Student/Business Collaboration: Darden Restaurants

Speaker: James Lawrence, senior vice president, supply management and purchasing, Darden Restaurants

Chocolate Event

Speaker: Professor Jordan LeBel, School of Hotel Administration

Banfi Wine Tasting

Speaker: Sharron McCarthy, vice president of wine education, Banfi Vintners