Hospitality Leadership Summit 2022

Summit + 40th Logo (1800 × 800 px)


The BU SHA Hospitality Leadership Summit annually brings together students, faculty, and the community to hear from world-renowned industry leaders on pressing topics and trends that are shaping the future of the business.

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Held on Friday, April 1, 2022


Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215

2022 ICON Award Winners



  • 8:00 AM Registration (coffee & pastries)
  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome | Summit Student Co-Chairs: Caitlin Nguyen and Olivia Lizza | Leora Lanz, Assistant Dean of Academics and Chair of the Hospitality Leadership Summit
  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM Selina: Denis Drossart, Vice President of Education & Talent
    • The Future of Hospitality: Creating Connections and Communities
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM Medallia: Elizabeth Carducci, former Chief Revenue Officer at Medallia
    • The Age of Experience: From Platitude to Practice
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AM REEF Technology: Nick  Anastasiades, Vice President of Growth, Hospitality
    • Connecting the World to Your Block
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Coffee and Networking Break
  • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM The Culinary Edge: Graham Humphreys, Chief Executive Officer 
    • The Future of Hospitality and the Cost of Emotional Labor in a Racialized Workplace
  • 12:15 – 12:45 PM SDS Ventures: Sanjeev Shetty, President
    • How Robotics, IoT, and Video Analytics will Shape the Future of Senior Living
  • 12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking Reception
  • 2:00 – 2:30 PM Toast: Daniel Iannucci, SHA’12, Mid-Market Sales Leader
    • How Two Restaurant Brands Got Digital Transformation Right
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM WeWork: Quendrida Whitmore, Head of Community
    • Unwavering Values: The Workplace and the Community
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM Google Travel: David Pavelko, Global Travel Business Development   
    • Assistance: Finding Passion in Helping Travelers and Hospitality Companies Prosper
  • 3:30  – 4:00 PM ICON Award: Presented by Dean Arun Upneja
  • 4:00 – 5:30 PM Reception and BU SHA 40th Anniversary Celebration

Summit Sponsors

BU SHA is grateful for the generous support from our Summit Sponsors

Summit Sponsors 2022

*The Sponsor List is current as of January 19, 2022 


Thank you to our students who planned this event!

Summit Chair: Leora Lanz
Student Chairs: Olivia Lizza, Caitlin Nguyen
Event Committee: Orion St. Laurent, Jiangyue Lu, Mavis Joy Manaloto, Gabrielle Marback, Samantha Phillips, Yun Ching (Jean) Yang
Marketing Committee: Alejandra Calderón (Lead), Jenny Han, Justin Li, Emma Lunde, Rachel Nozaki, Haley Schleh 
Faculty and Staff Advisors: Stephanie Garcia, Eleni Granas, Mara Littman, Kristen Verdeaux


Boston University’s COVID-19 Event Guidelines

The University is committed to promoting a safe campus environment and has enacted a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all members of the university who are on campus. We also strongly encourage all visitors to campus to be vaccinated. In accordance with current University safety protocols, cloth face coverings or disposable masks must be worn indoors at all times when not eating or drinking. Any participant with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 should not engage in group activities and seek medical advice.

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