CHICAGO — December 30, 2011 — Nearly 100 hospitality industry leaders attended the first Kendall College international speaker series event earlier this month. "Global Hospitality Spotlight: A Speaker Series" was the theme of the international hospitality speaker series, sponsored by the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management in partnership with HOTELS Magazine. The event featured keynote speaker Edwin Fuller, president and managing director, International Lodging Division, Marriott International, Inc., who shared his insights on the critical issues facing the hospitality industry. The event concluded with a question and answer session moderated by Jeff Weinstein, editor-in-chief of HOTELS Magazine.
"We are thrilled with the response and industry participation," said School of Hospitality Management Dean Jeffrey Catrett. "Our goal was to bring together industry thought leaders to analyze and discuss the trends and issues facing our unique industry. Mr. Fuller led attendees in a dynamic discussion, and we look forward to hosting future lecture series with other influential industry speakers."
The event was streamed live over the Web to nine of Kendall College’s sister schools around the world, including campuses in Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Portugal and Spain. The lecture is currently available for viewing on the Kendall College Web site here.
Event attendees received a copy of Mr. Fuller’s book, You Can’t Lead With Your Feet on the Desk: Building Relationships, Breaking Down Barriers and Delivering Profits. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Kendall College Charitable Trust, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing financial support for students of need enrolled at Kendall College.
About Edwin Fuller
Edwin Fuller has served as Marriott International’s president and managing director of the International Lodging Division since 1991. Mr. Fuller’s strategic leadership led to the founding of more than 400 hotels in more than 70 countries located across six continents. During his tenure, gross sales have increased from $325M to $7B. For more information, please visit http://www.edwinfuller.com/.
About the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education, foodservice management and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). The School of Hospitality Management focuses on the art of hospitality and the science of management – the European tradition of superior customer service with American managerial know-how. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.