Conferences and Industry Speakers

Each year, the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration hosts several conferences. We also provide students to attend outside conferences. Industry professionals, including executives and researchers, share their insight and knowledge and offer their real-world experience and advice.

Dean’s Distinguished Speakers Series

SHA enriches your knowledge of today’s fast-changing hospitality industry by sponsoring one of the best professional lecture series anywhere. Throughout the school year, you’ll have the rare opportunity to hear and engage with top-level experts, officers, and entrepreneurs across the industry spectrum—people who actually run some of the world’s most successful hospitality corporations.

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Hospitality Real Estate Symposium

This symposium focuses on the critical issues in real estate, the changing nature of human work patterns, and the exploration of responsible development as a positive game-changer for cities, communities, and the people who live in them.  Geared towards students at SHA and across BU, our alumni in the region, and local real estate professionals.  

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SHA’s annual leadership conferences, held at the Hotel Commonwealth, offered an opportunity to engage with global hospitality leaders and meet the rising stars of our industry – our BU SHA Graduate and Undergraduate students. 

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The Howard Johnson Executive-in-Residence Program

The Howard Johnson Executive-in-Residence Program was established in the fall of 2016 and is supported by William H. Weeks in tandem with the Howard Johnson Foundation. The Executive-in-Residence program allows the School of Hospitality Administration to host industry executives and leaders, where they can share their expertise with students and faculty via lectures, workshops, mentorship, and elective courses.

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PH.D. Pathway Program

The Ph.D. Pathway Program in Hospitality and Tourism Conference at Boston University School of Hospitality Administration is a nationwide initiative to introduce the idea of an academic career in hospitality.

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