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Hospitalented is Powered by Women
Meet Erica A. An aspiring event planner and licensed bartender, she specializes in putting smiles on people's faces! Passionate about all things beautiful and creative, Erica loves to help people clarify their vision for some of the best moments of their lives. If you are looking for fun, positive energy, look no further- she'll be there, waiting to help you plan your big day!
Hostess with the Mostest
Meet Jane. A corporate event planner for almost six years, she now freelances with various organizations in addition to Hospitalented. An accomplished planner that can stretch the almighty dollar, she would describe herself as a food enthusiast and James Beard House member!
Meet Tezra. With more than two decades experience in the food & beverage industry, she has worked in various areas in the restaurant as well as catering and events covering many different aspects of the industry. She's a restaurant operations consultant, brand builder and trains in organizational and employee development. She has worked extensively with the world famous Sylvia's Soul Food Restaurant, Doug E. Fresh's restaurant and a host of others. She holds an MBA in Hospitality and Project Management from Keller University.
What We Do
Hospitalented is about global hospitality education. We do this a few ways...
Who we are...
Hospitalented is dedicated to providing hospitality education for a global audience.
We do this in a variety of ways - through programming, consulting and advising. There are great Associate, Bachelor and Master degree programs and we encourage those seeking to improve themselves to first consider formal education opportunities. For those that cannot afford to go back to school, have challenging schedules or just want to stay current with hospitality trends, we will try to fill that void.
We also aim to compliment the education that students are already receiving, as well as the training professionals are getting. To do this, we have local organizations (known as chapters) in metro areas and on college campuses around the world. We also engage in consulting projects, putting to work students and professionals who want to be involved with more than their 'day job.' At the global level and through our chapters we provide a range of programming where hospitality professionals (and students) can shine!
We have and will continue to host various gatherings around the world - some small and some large. Each fall and spring we host HospiChallenge, a competition for students. In 2017-18 we will be hosting the Puerto Rico Symposium, a Cuban Culinary Experience, and multiple trips to Ghana, West Africa. If you have interest in any of these experiences, make sure to join the mailing list.
We are creating a curriculum dedicated to enhancing hospitality in places like West Africa. While other projects develop, we encourage you to follow us on social media. That's where you'll find out about everything we're working on.
What we can do...
Depending on the problem, we can engage in a variety of consulting functions. Our team consists of hospitality talent (hence our name) from novice to sage. What we can do:
We recognize that there are a zillion ways to approach these problems, so the first step is to determine a best course of action. Please use our contact page to reach out and we can see what path makes the most sense!
Let's learn together
Symposiums will be held in partnership with different organizations, offering opportunities for hospitality students and professionals to explore the world. The Ghana, West Africa edition has been commissioned by Chalé Tours. Soon we will announce details for Puerto Rico and Cuba. Join our talented presenters and facilitators as we seek to enhance hospitality all over the world.
The trip to Puerto Rico will take place during Columbus Day weekend in the historic city of San Juan. Participants will get to enjoy the Restaurant & Bakery Show, as well as different events and sessions. We're keeping the Cuban trip under wraps for the moment, however you can count on a unique culinary experience.
For the Ghana Symposium, we will head to West Africa. Based in Accra, the historic capital city of a nation seen as the gateway to Africa, the conference consists of three days dedicated to two levels of hospitality professionals; those that are new or 'emerging,' and those that have been in the industry for many years who we consider 'seasoned.'
We designed the curriculum so that local residents don't have to miss more than one day of work, but we are open to those who want to attend all three days in some capacity. This is likely of interest to those who are spending the whole week in Accra, Havana or San Juan - and have traveled from another country.
The format of each day will consist of a mix of large and small group sessions. We will assign 8-10 attendees to a small group mentor, and each small group will work on activities together. We will have breaks and lunch together, so there will be plenty of time to network and get to know each other. We will also host a small job fair so that participants have access to new opportunities.
The topics for each Symposium will include most of the following:
Following each Symposium we will help you stay connected with your group and mentor. We will have ongoing conversations for as long as you want to stay involved!
If there is a topic that you feel should be addressed, please let us know! We want the conference to be as comprehensive as possible! Email us HERE.
Hundreds of members throughout the world.
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn, NY
The first official chapter was founded on October 5th, 2016 after a vote to change the name of their hospitality and tourism club. The students of SJC Brooklyn were only in the second year of the Hospitality & Tourism Management program. Alpha chapter is where HospiChallenge and Art in a Bottle first took place.
New York City - United States
This chapter was founded in 2016, retroactively including students and professionals within the New York City metro area.
Accra, Ghana - West Africa
Our third chapter was founded throughout 2016, based on the work of two individuals who have been helping expand hospitality and tourism in Ghana.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Caribbean
The fourth chapter was assembled in 2016, amassing over 200 members throughout the island of Puerto Rico.
Your City, Your Campus - The World
Who will be the first chapter to be founded in 2017? If you are interested please email email@example.com
Did we miss anything??
Frequently asked questions...
Do I need a visa to visit Ghana?
U.S. Citizens do need a visa. We are working with the embassy to help expedite all registrants and facilitators. Additional information can be found HERE.
Do I need to receive certain shots to visit Ghana?
Ghana requires that all travelers receive a vaccine for Yellow Fever, though they recommend others. More information can be found HERE.
What about Ebola?
There are no reported cases of Ebola in Ghana. See the updated reports HERE. The closest cases of Ebola to Ghana were found in Nigeria which is a 7hr drive from Accra. That being said, Nigeria has been commended for their containment of the outbreak with only 8 confirmed deaths (classified with the United States as a "previously affected country"). The widespread cases of Ebola are in Libera, Guinea and Sierra Leone - all of which are at least a 20hr drive away. Those with concerns should do their own research and make an informed decision.
What about Cholera?
There is a warning for Cholera, and we want participants and facilitators to be prepared. Learn more HERE.
How do I know what to be concerned about health-wise?
We find that the best source in the U.S. is the CDC.
How much is a hotel in Accra, Ghana?
We have found hotel rooms between $100 and higher for 3.5-5 star hotels. The conference hotel has rooms in the $200 range. We estimate that airplane tickets will cost $1200. This is the low season for Ghana, so get your tickets as soon as you've been accepted.
Do you recommend travel insurance?
Travel can be uncertain, so we do recommend travel insurance. In fact, we require it of facilitator applicants.
All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the conference planner and received no later than 11:59 PM EST by the dates listed below. Telephone requests will not be honored. Written requests for refunds will be processed as follows:
•Received 30 days before check-in – Full refund, less a $25 per person administrative fee
•Received 20 days before check-in – 50% refund, less a $25 per person administrative fee
•Received 10 days before check-in – No refunds
Written requests via e-mail may be submitted to:
Refunds will be issued approximately 4-6 weeks after the conclusion of the conference.
Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.
tl;dr: Don't be a Jerk
You have our contact details in the emails we've sent.
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.
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