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Every week, DEI Advisors brings you practical advice and insightful perspectives from hospitality industry leaders or other accomplished professionals with the goal to inspire future leaders and improve their career trajectories. Each interview highlights an advisor who shares inflection points of his/her career journey and lessons learned from overcoming challenges and taking risks. The interviews are full of useful tips on finding mentors and advocates, networking, continuous learning, overcoming ”imposter syndrome,” achieving work life harmony, and more.

DEI Advisors Podcast David Kong, Dorothy Dowling, Rachel Humphrey, Lan Elliott

    • Education
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Every week, DEI Advisors brings you practical advice and insightful perspectives from hospitality industry leaders or other accomplished professionals with the goal to inspire future leaders and improve their career trajectories. Each interview highlights an advisor who shares inflection points of his/her career journey and lessons learned from overcoming challenges and taking risks. The interviews are full of useful tips on finding mentors and advocates, networking, continuous learning, overcoming ”imposter syndrome,” achieving work life harmony, and more.

    Alicia Evanko-Lewis, EVP Events, Northstar Travel Group Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

    Alicia Evanko-Lewis, EVP Events, Northstar Travel Group Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

    Alicia shares how the hard work her parents instilled in her has impacted her including leading to an unexpected career in the events industry. She talks about the new skills she's developed as her career has progressed and why the leadership traits of authenticity and kindness are common among those leaders she admires most. Alicia also discusses public speaking, overcoming doubt, support systems, tackling risks, and her advice to her younger self.

    • 29 min
    Caroline Strachan, CEO, Festive Road interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

    Caroline Strachan, CEO, Festive Road interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

    Caroline shares how her roles as a buyer, travel manager, and supplier have propelled her to become the CEO of Festive Road. Her primary motivation has always been to do her best work and to embrace possibilities and to become a skilled communicator.

    • 36 min
    Michele Allen, Chief Financial Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

    Michele Allen, Chief Financial Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

    Michele shares why it's so important to have a positive voice in your head as you tackle challenges and self-doubt. She discusses how her leadership has evolved over time and the role communication has played in that process. Michele talks about the intentionality of setting non-negotiables for your self-care and family priorities and the need to be aligned with a company which supports those needs.

    • 25 min
    John Fareed, Global Chairman, Horwath HTL, Interviewed by David Kong

    John Fareed, Global Chairman, Horwath HTL, Interviewed by David Kong

    John offers highlights of his newly released book on personal branding and shares his personal mantra. He reflects on the most profound lessons from his professional journey, emphasizing the importance of mentorship and how to cultivate effective mentor relationships. John articulates the importance of embracing risk and provides advice on coalescing diverse perspectives to achieve alignment.

    • 32 min
    Jay Shah, Senior Advisor, Hersha Hotels & Resorts, interviewed by Lan Elliott

    Jay Shah, Senior Advisor, Hersha Hotels & Resorts, interviewed by Lan Elliott

    Jay describes the important distinction between managing and leading, and he shares his approach to taking risks. He also explains why the easiest approach to networking is thinking of it as developing friendships, and why hospitality is a great connector. He shares a quote that helps overcome self-doubt, and why slowing down for big decisions can be advantageous.

    • 35 min
    Fran Brasseux, CEO, ICHRIE interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

    Fran Brasseux, CEO, ICHRIE interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

    Fran's career journey, emphasizing the importance of patience, perseverance, and personal empowerment. Fran shares her experiences transitioning from the hotel industry to association management and academia, highlighting the complexities and rewards of working within associations to make impactful changes.

    • 34 min

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