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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.

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United States

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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.

Language:

English


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

5/20/2024
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.

Duration:00:29:48

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Caroline Strachan, CEO, Festive Road interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

5/13/2024
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.

Duration:00:36:09

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

5/2/2024
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.

Duration:00:25:55

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

4/26/2024
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.

Duration:00:32:05

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

4/15/2024
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.

Duration:00:35:38

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Fran Brasseux, CEO, ICHRIE interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

4/11/2024
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.

Duration:00:34:42

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Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief, Travel & Leisure Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

4/4/2024
Jacqui discusses her love of books, how living and traveling internationally have impacted her leadership, and how she manages her heavy travel schedule. She shares her strategies for effective public speaking and which skill she thinks is important in any industry but also as a life skill. Jacqui also talks about the efforts behind increasing diversity in the travel industry and also what she would tell her younger self.

Duration:00:29:19

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Chirag Shah, Executive Vice President, Federal and Political Affairs & Counsel, AHLA Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

4/3/2024
Chirag discusses how he builds important relationships especially when election cycles change frequently those who hold leadership positions. He talks about lifelong leadership lessons he learned as both a high school attendee and an annual counselor at Boys State and other lessons from his professors and mentors. He also shares his advice on work life harmony, public speaking, and how he hires and develops great teams.

Duration:00:32:30

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Brian Leon, CEO of Choice Hotels Canada interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

4/3/2024
Brian, a seasoned franchise business leader, has steered Choice Canada's franchise support and business development. Drawing on his family’s legacy in Canadian franchising, Brian's strategic decisions, have positioned him as an adept leader, dedicated to fostering the success of franchisees.

Duration:00:35:26

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Azim Saju, CEO, ARK Holdings Group, Interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

3/29/2024
Azim discusses his path from employment lawyer to hotelier, the importance for him of his involvement with associations, and why he prefers to build his relationships over dinner. He shares why he'd tell his younger self to have fun, surround yourself with good people, and invest in yourself. Azim also shares why he takes risks and how his risks on his people and his business have enriched him.

Duration:00:30:06

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Dawn Gallagher, Chief Commercial Officer, Crescent Hotels & Resorts interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

3/28/2024
Dawn shares her career journey from front desk associate to Chief Commercial Officer at Crescent Hotels and Resorts. She reveals strategic career decisions, driven by a growth mindset, hard work and dedication to excellence.

Duration:00:36:35

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David Kong, Closing Keynote of HSMAIL Intercollegiate Global Conference

3/27/2024
David uses his career journey to explain the three phases of leadership, progressing from an individual contributor to a team leader and ultimately evolving into a change-making visionary. He passionately discusses the inspiration behind establishing DEI Advisors and articulates his goals for the future. Additionally, David candidly reflects on one of his most significant mistakes, emphasizing the invaluable lessons learned from it. Don't miss out on David's advice for budding professionals, as well as the wisdom he would impart to his 25-year-old self.

Duration:00:36:45

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Lindsey Ueberroth, President & CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, interviewed by David Kong

3/25/2024
Lindsey delves into the pivotal moments of her transformative journey at Preferred Hotels & Resorts, highlighting key lessons she's gleaned. She discusses the importance of integrating diverse perspectives, reflects on invaluable advice she's received, and outlines the qualities she prioritizes when interviewing executive candidates. Additionally, Lindsey provides insights on mastering effective communication, optimizing work-life harmony, and the art of networking.

Duration:00:27:28

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Michelle Jensen Session, Co-Founder, Aquarius Hospitality Solutions, Interviewed by David Kong

3/20/2024
Michelle shares her career journey and the personal mantra that guides her. We discuss her general approach to challenges, taking risks, as well as imposter syndrome. She offers networking and communication tips. Finally, she shares her thoughts on personal empowerment.

Duration:00:37:07

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Miraj Patel, President, Wayside Investment Group, Interviewed by David Kong

3/20/2024
Incoming AAHOA chairman Miraj Patel shares his career journey, his key learnings, and secrets to his success. We discuss his personal mantra and the best advice he received from his parents. He offers thoughts on effective communication, networking, and risk-taking. We also discuss leadership qualities that he admires the most.

Duration:00:27:41

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Julie Arrowsmith, President & CEO, G6 Hospitality, interviewed by Rachel Humphrey

3/11/2024
Julie discusses her style of leadership, the biggest lesson she's learned over the past year, and how it will impact her moving forward. She shares her approach to public speaking, how she overcomes self doubts, and how staying fresh and learning the whole business helped her grow during her first 29 years at G6, eventually resulting in her current CEO role. Finally, Julie talks about managing business travel, finding time to refresh outside of work, and the underlying basis for her mantra of "be kind to everyone always."

Duration:00:29:20

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Joel Eisemann, Senior Advisor, Noble Investment Group, interviewed by Lan Elliott

3/9/2024
A highly-respected senior leader, Joel has mentored many of the industry’s top leaders. In this interview, Joel shares what he learned from three pivotal roles in his career as well as how he maximized opportunities to learn from industry icons early on. Joel shares how he approaches challenges, the importance of maintaining relationships, and the right way to seek a promotion. He also describes how he builds high-performing team, and why he is always recruiting.

Duration:00:42:30

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Heena Patel, SVP of Rental Operations, Digital Marketing & Commerce, Travel & Leisure Interviewed by David Kong

3/2/2024
Heena shares her career journey and the advice she has received from her mentors and advocates. We discuss her approach to challenges, how she built her extensive network, and the “Imposter Syndrome”. She offers advice on improving communication skills, taking risks, and personal empowerment. She also shares her thoughts on the most important leadership qualities.

Duration:00:32:40

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Kristie Goshow, Chief Commercial Officer, KSL Resorts interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

2/29/2024
Embark on an inspiring journey with Kristie Goshow, Chief Commercial Officer at KSL Resorts, as she shares anecdotes of those who believed in her, supported her, and fueled her passion for the industry. Kristie's personal story, filled with mentors and opportunities, resonates deeply, offering insights for both personal and professional growth.

Duration:00:38:37

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Traci Mercer, SVP & Head of Accommodations, Priceline interviewed by Dorothy Dowling

2/26/2024
Traci shares her remarkable life and career journey, highlighting her transformative approach to tackling challenges with a positive mindset. Traci offers profound insights. Venturing into growth roles and relocating to Asia, she embraced diverse perspectives, enriching her cultural awareness. Traci advocates for discarding the notion of a rigid work-life balance, instead emphasizing the importance of investing time meaningfully in relationships, work, and other commitments.

Duration:00:31:10