SHA Leadership Summit

Friday March 22nd & Saturday March 23rd



The School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University presents the SHA Leadership Summit: a two day symposium designed to equip female students with the skills, knowledge, perspectives, and actions required to empower their choices and become successful leaders in the hospitality industry. A combination of keynote addresses, hands-on workshops and distinguished panels will foster an environment of self-discovery, authentic engagement, and thoughtful dialogue around the challenges of navigating gender in the workplace.

We highly encourage ALL students to attend our opening discussion, keynote sessions, and panels. All workshops are geared for women’s leadership development, and to maximize effectiveness, will focus exclusively on students who identify as female.

The entire SLS19 program will focus on the following themes: Personal Branding, Communication, Negotiations, Confidence, Work/Life Balance, and Challenges in the Workplace.


We have a vibrant and exciting line-up of speakers, panelists and facilitators. A few esteemed guests include:

  • LESLIE HALE, CEO of RLJ Lodging Trust
  • VERA MANOUKIAN, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • ANTHONY MELCHIORRI, Creator, Co-Executive Producer, and Host of the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible
  • TATIANA ROSANA, 2X Chopped Winner & Executive Chef, Envoy Hotel Boston
  • DENISE ROSENBLUM, Founder and CEO, Dynamic Development
  • NANCY MEDOFF, Founder and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, AthenaWise Strategic Solutions
  • ANDREA FOSTER, Senior Vice President, Development, Marcus Hotels and Resorts
  • DEBBIE FRECKLETON, Director of Quality, Learning and Development, Langham Hotels Boston
  • DENISE REYES, Doctoral Student at Rice University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • ANNE LLOYD-JONES, Managing Director at HVS
  • RICE WALES HUSBANDS, Founder/Editor of Run of the Show, Founder/President of Rice Wales Marketing Services
  • TZURIT OR, Founder and CEO of Tatte Bakery & Cafe
  • JENNY JOHNSON, Executive Producer + Co-Host of NESN’s Dining Playbook
  • CRYSTAL WILLIAMS, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at BU
  • HANNAH OLSON, CEO and Co-Founder of Chronically Capable
  • AIRI SHIBAYAMA, Catering Associate, Murray’s Cheese, SHA ’16
  • MEGAN CHACON-DIAZ, Account Executive, HEBS Digital
  • ALEXXA ROBINSON, Events Supervisor, Catering on the Charles, SHA ’17
  • NICOLE KANNER, Owner, All Heart PR
  • EDWINA KLUENDER, Marketing and Communications Consultant, Klünder Communications
  • ORLY KHON, Founder and Floral Designer, Orly Khon Floral


SHA Leadership Summit Planning Committee

  • Natalie Chai, SHA ’19
  • Emily Fletcher, SHA ’20
  • Leora Lanz, Marketing Faculty, Principal of LHL Communications
  • Jamie Mangiameli, Graduate Assistant
  • Eden McColl, SHA ’21
  • Taylor Peyton, Leadership Faculty
  • Marina Poole, SHA ’19
  • Vi Ramyarupa, MMH ’19
  • Micaela Rezende, SHA ’19
  • Hoda Sherdy, SHA ’21
  • Namrata Sridhar, SHA ’20
  • Kristen Verdeaux, MMH ’19
  • Kate Wilson, Marketing Manager