Alumni Weekend

Join your fellow Boston University School of Hospitality Administration comrades and industry professionals for a week to reminisce the best of times at SHA, and see all that is new at your alma mater.


Day 1: Alumni Celebration Kickoff Event

Thursday, October 1, 2020; 2:00-4:00 P.M. EDT

We invite BU SHA alumni, friends, and industry professionals to join us on Day 1 of our 2020 Alumni Weekend. Find out what is new with our Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program, new certificates, and concentrations, as well as SHA’s underrepresented groups initiative. Then, stick around to chat with fellow attendees during the networking session. See you there!

Welcome Address

Arun Upneja, Ph.D. – SHA Dean

Keynote Speaker Chat and Q&A

Marie Perry SVP and Chief Financial Officer, Brink’s, U.S.; Board Member, Ruth’s Chris

Cocktail Networking

An opportunity for our alumni to meet and network via Zoom breakout rooms.

Registration Closed

Day 2: Annual Award Ceremony

Friday, October 2, 2020; 2:00-3:30 P.M. EDT

We welcome back our School of Hospitality Administration alumni and industry professionals for a presentation of the first-ever BU SHA ICON Award.  Also, join us as we present our SHA Hospitality Leadership Summit Awards, as well as our annual Alumni Awards. Gain knowledge from these inspiring and accomplished leaders!

ICON Award Winner

Richard L. Friedman

Richard L. Friedman – President and CEO, Carpenter & Company, Inc

Summit Award Winners

Adam Sperling

Adam Sperling – General Manager, Hotel Commonwealth

Rachel Roginsky

Rachel Roginsky – Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group

Alumni Award Winners

Alison Birdwell

Alison Birdwell, SHA’88 – President, Aramark Sports & Entertainment

Alec Dalton

Alec Dalton, SHA’15, Questrom’15, CRDE, CHIA – Senior Manager, Global Quality, Marriott International

Registration Closed

Day 3: Summer Conversations Continued Panels and Closing Thoughts

Saturday, October 3, 2020; 2:00-4:00 P.M. EDT

Join the School of Hospitality Administration for important, newsworthy, and timely discussions, an opportunity to network, and closing remarks from Dean Upneja, Ph.D.

The Global Hospitality Landscape: Impact of COVID and Stages of Re-Opening in the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East


Leora Halpern Lanz

Leora Halpern Lanz, ISHC Associate Professor of the Practice & Chair of the Graduate Program, BU SHA


Mmatsatsi Ramawela

Mmatsatsi Ramawela – Transformation Council, Ministry of Tourism South Africa; Chair, Auspex Hotels & Leisure Management

Hala Matar Choufany

Hala Matar Choufany – President, HVS Middle East, Africa and South Asia

Juan Corvinos Solans

Juan Corvinos Solans – VP Development, Latin America & Caribbean, Hilton

What Do We Do with this Empty Real Estate? Adaptive Re-Use and Smart Use of Resources


Serena Lipton

Serena Lipton – SHA’18, Analyst, Senior Housing Valuation I Advisory, Jones Lang LaSalle


Kaushik Vardharajan

Kaushik Vardharajan – Director, Real Estate Program, BU SHA

Zach Bowyer, MAI

Zach Bowyer, MAI – Managing Director, JLL

Peter Venti

Peter Venti – Founder,

Julie Reker

Julie Reker, AIA LEED AP – Senior Associate, Gensler

Closing Remarks

Arun Upneja, Ph.D. – SHA Dean

Registration Closed

Day 4: Live Shakshuka Brunch Cooking Class

Sunday, October 4, 2020; 12:45-2:15 P.M. EDT

What is Shakshuka? It is a warmly spiced vegetarian dish of saucy tomatoes, often with peppers or onions, with eggs cracked right into the mix. The class will be led by Boston University Alumni, Kiana Estevez (SHA’18) and Senior Hannah Weinstein.

Hosted by Aisle Mine: Founded by Boston University graduate, Kiana Estevez (SHA’18), we are here to promote cultural diversity where users can embrace the role of food as a source of healing and connection.

You will get a taste of the world while being in the comfort of your own home. Ultimately we are providing a space to break bread, make a connection, and create meals we want to eat.

On Sunday, October 4th at 12:45 PM our virtual kitchen will open with music to unwind the week. At 1 PM, our class will begin with a step by step personalized cooking class.

The dish serves 2 people and ingredients costs less than $20 at your local grocery store.

Registration Closed