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Advancing the Rise of Women in Lodging

Advancing the Rise of Women in Lodging

Last week, Atlanta, Ga.-based non-profit the Castell Project—an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in hospitality industry leadership—hosted its inaugural conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown. The exclusive three-day event offered 28 high-potential female hospitality professionals an opportunity to ...

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5th Gear Shift Symposium Empowers Women in Lodging

5th Gear Shift Symposium Empowers Women in Lodging

Boston, MA – This past weekend, Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) hosted its first 5th Gear Shift: Women Navigating & Powering Your Career, a weekend-long symposium designed to educate female students on the skills, knowledge, perspectives, and ...

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Kim Schaefer on the Growth of Great Wolf Resorts

Kim Schaefer on the Growth of Great Wolf Resorts

Known affectionately throughout the brand as “Mama Wolf,” Kim Schaefer has led the “pack” as CEO of Great Wolf Resorts since January 2009. While Schaefer recently transitioned to chief brand officer and will move to the board of directors next ...

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How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

As the granddaughter of a Greek diner owner in western Massachusetts, Niki Leondakis has very fond memories of growing up in the hospitality business. “I watched my grandmother’s unique version of hospitality and how she balanced and juggled all the ...

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How Michelle Russo Built HotelAVE from the Ground Up

How Michelle Russo Built HotelAVE from the Ground Up

After leaving her job as a leisure analyst at Deutsche Banc, Michelle Russo started driving around New England in her Jetta, looking for small roadside hotels she could afford to buy. During her three years on Wall Street, Russo garnered ...

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