Hospitality Leadership Summit 2024

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2024
Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences (CDS)
665 Commonwealth Ave. Boston MA 02215

The Hospitality Leadership Summit brings together students and faculty with hospitality industry colleagues for a day-long conference of inspiration and networking, spotlighting exceptional speakers who are revolutionizing the bounds of hospitality. Further highlighting “Experience Innovation” in hospitality, student teams vying for top prizes at the inaugural $100k Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition will give their final presentations pitching new ventures, followed by awarding the $100k in cash prizes to the winning teams by a panel of judges. To cap off this exhilarating day, the 2024 ICON Award will be bestowed upon a visionary changemaker who has significantly transformed the paradigms of hospitality. 

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BU SHA is grateful for the generous support from our Summit Sponsors who make this event possible. Interested in becoming a Summit sponsor? Contact Mara Littman, Director of Corporate and Public Relations at

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Morning Session: 17th Floor of CDS

8:00am-8:30am: Check-in for the morning session
8:30am-11:30pm: $100k Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition Semi-Finalist Round (full presentation in front of a panel of judges)

Afternoon Session: 17th Floor of CDS
12:00pm-1:00pm:  Doors open for the afternoon session 17th Floor of CDS
12:15pm-12:45pm: Tour of Center of Computing & Data Sciences Building 
1:00pm-1:15pm: Welcome from Dean Arun Upneja
1:15pm-1:45pm: Featured Speaker – Bryan Rafanelli, Rafanelli Events
1:45pm-2:15pm: Networking Break & Refreshments
2:15pm-3:15pm: Panel moderated by Bashar Wali, Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Founder + Chief Executive Officer of Practice Hospitality and This Assembly
3:15pm-3:30pm: Break
3:30pm-5:00pm: $100k Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition Finalist Presentations (Introduction of Roys Poyiadjis followed by a short round of presentations by the finalists)
5:00pm-5:15pm: Break
5:15pm-5:45pm: Presentation of the ICON Award
ICON Awardee in conversation with Dean Arun Upneja

Celebration and Cocktail Reception: 5th Floor of CDS
6:00pm-6:10pm: Announcement of the $100k Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition winners
6:10pm-7:15pm: Celebration & Cocktail Reception 5th Floor of CDS  

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