Industry Experts to Speak at Lasell’s First Hospitality Day

Industry Experts to Speak at Lasell’s First Hospitality Day

February 23, 2015

Lasell's Hospitality and Event Management Department has announced the College's first annual Hospitality Day, featuring leaders from the hotel, casino and event management industry including Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess. This daylong event will take place on March 4, 2015 in de Witt Hall and adjoining classrooms.

The event, a creation of Lasell junior Deirdre Duddy-Kennedy, will serve as a professional networking opportunity for students with Hospitality, Event and Resort & Casino Management majors, connecting them to real world professionals.

"It is so important to make connections in the Hospitality industry. This idea helps me contribute something that students can benefit from for years to come." said Duddy-Kennedy.

The event has been planned by Duddy-Kennedy and fellow junior Briana Penney, who together created the program, lined up speakers, and had a chance to plan a real-world event.

"I look forward to seeing the students' hard work come to fruition on Hospitality Day," said Melissa A. Van Hyfte, Program Director of Hospitality and Event Management at Lasell College, who advised Duddy-Kennedy and Penney.

The schedule for Hospitality Day begins at 10 a.m. in de Witt Hall with a continental breakfast and the keynote address given by Etess.

An alumni panel including Sarah Robinson, Special Services Manager at Winston Flowers; Megan McCool, Event Marketer with Wellesley Information Services; Harsh Trivedi, Owner of New Light Inc. and Ainsley Wolfe, Customer Service & Operations Coordinator at Odysseys Unlimited will follow the keynote address. These individuals will provide tips for current students about the industry and landing a job.

The remainder of the day will include a variety of 50-minute breakout sessions with industry experts, a networking lunch, a career and internship fair with 14 local companies that are hiring interns and employees and an evening reception where students can mingle with others in their major from surrounding schools.

Topics such as Event Management, Lodging, Club Management, and Sports Event Management will be covered in the breakout sessions. Additional workshops will cover dining etiquette and interview and networking skills.

Registration for the event is free and required of all students.

More information about Hospitality Day and registration can be found by visiting the link below.