Boston University School of 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.

Save the Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Registration Information

Standard Pricing 
Current BU students: $35
BU Alumni: $200
Industry Guests (Friend/Other): $300
Group Discount (includes 4 registrations): $800

Register Today

Registration closes Monday, March 20 at 11:59 PM.

2023 Speakers

2023 ICON Award Winner

Summit Sponsors

BU SHA is grateful for the generous support from our Summit Sponsors who make this event possible. 

2023 Sponsors (as of March 21, 2023)







Blue Ribbon Restaurants
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Red Sox
Hyatt Regency Boston
La Colombe Coffee Roasters
The Colonnade, Boston
The Langham, Boston
The Social Butterflies Events

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor for 2023? Contact Mara Littman, Director of Corporate and Public Relations at

Summit Agenda

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Registration + Breakfast  
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM   Welcome: Dean Arun Upneja
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM   Speaker: Deborah Torres, Founder and CEO, Atlas Monroe, all-natural, plant-based food concepts
10:00 AM- 10:30 AM   Speaker: Bennett Collen, Cofounder & CEO of Endstate, the lifestyle brand
10:30 AM- 11:00 AM   David A. Edwards, Ph.D., scientist, author, and pioneering inventor 
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM   BREAK  
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM   $50k Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition  
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM   Lunch & Visit Sponsor Tables
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM    Svitlana Krasynska, Ph.D., managing the newly launched MIT-Ukraine program  
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM   Robert Vail, Senior Head of Innovation, The Boston Beer Company 
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM   BREAK  
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM   Roys and Donna Poyiadjis present the Hospitality Innovation Competition winners and prizes
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM   ICON Award Celebration + Closing Remarks
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM   Reception