August 20-21, 2019

Nashville, TN

Speaker Faculty 2018


Kelly Rew-Porter
Senior Vice President, People Services
Equinox Fitness Clubs

LEAP: "Challenging the status quo around retention in hospitality."

Kimo Kippen
most recently Chief Learning Officer
Hilton Worldwide

LEAP: “Rethinking how we drive a lifelong mind set in hospitality.”

Kevin Henry
Chief Human Resources Officer
Extended Stay America

LEAP: “Transforming the way we engage our hospitality workforces.”  

Ed Eynon
Chief Human Resources Officer
KSL Resorts

LEAP: “Overhauling traditional HR to create a talent based organization.”  

Audra Mead
Chief Culture Officer
Fox World Travel

Rethinking how we find and energize to transform engagement and support organizational scale

Zaira Goodman
Chief Human Resources Officer
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

LEAP: “Leveraging the evolution of HR in hospitality to drive engagement levels.”

Bill Streitberger
Chief People Officer
Logan’s Roadhouse

LEAP: “Leveraging workforce analytics to transform business performance.”

Karen Bolden
Chief People Officer
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Rethinking how we adapt our key people strategies to keep up with industry change

Steve Woodward
Director of Training
Red Roof

LEAP: "Leveraging education as a strategic benefit, to drive recruitment, retention and engagement."

Alan Momeyer
Chief Human Resources Officer Emeritus

LEAP: “Reimagining what the future holds for HR leaders in hospitality.”

Doug Patrick
Former Senior Vice President Human Resources
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, & Founder, ARETE Coaching

LEAP: “Leveraging fresh coaching skills to build the hospitality leaders of tomorrow.”

Jeff Klem
Vice President of Talent Development
Vail Resorts

LEAP: “Rethinking how we create the ready now leaders that will deliver differentiated experiences to our people and customers.”

Shoshana Balistierri
Vice President People, Culture, & Social Impact

  LEAP: “Challenging traditional HR thinking in hospitality to transform the human experience.”  

Sara Ortiz
Vice President Human Resources,
Five Guys

LEAP: “Rethinking how we tackle the talent shortage in hospitality.”  

Ken Janssen
Senior Vice President Talent & Leadership Development
Caesar’s Entertainment

LEAP: “Reimagining engagement as driver for business performance.”

Leslie Ferrier
Vice President of Human Resources

LEAP: “Rethinking how we support employee well being in hospitality.”

Kutina Ruhumbika
Vice President of People
Barteca Restaurant Group

LEAP: “Driving significant culture change to radically reduce turnover.”

Khaled Bagul
Vice President Risk Management
Leadership Development, People Support, & Culture, Sizzler USA

LEAP: “Rethinking how we empower our people to drive culture change.”  

Holly Lawson
Corporate Director, People & Culture
Pivot Hotels

LEAP: “Challenging traditional HR in hospitality to support organizational scale.”

Joan C Williams
Director of the Center for Work Life Law
University of California, Hastings

LEAP: “Using novel approaches to scheduling to transform turnover and employee well-being.”

Adrienne Occhino
Senior Regional Director – People & Culture
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

LEAP: "Rethinking how we evolve our culture whilst remaining true to company values."

Nicky Gibson
Director of Talent Acquisition
Zoe’s Kitchen

LEAP: “Driving a future focused approach to talent acquisition in hospitality.”

Chad Strickland
Former Senior Vice President Associate Resources

LEAP: "Challenging traditional HR thinking in hospitality."

Wei-Li Chong

LEAP: "Investing in people and culture to drive better outcomes."

Jemma Boon
Head of Event Content

LEAP: “Providing a platform to drive radical change through people.”