On May 31, in collaboration with Tourism Diversity Matters, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, held a Town Hall meeting and inaugural Career Fair at Boston University School of Hospitality Administration.

Industry experts discussed workforce development and the importance of diversifying staff through strategic DEI programs for ultimate organizational success. This event was also the kickoff to an Apprenticeship Program that aims to diversify the travel and hospitality industry through robust workforce development initiatives that emphasize the importance of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

 Speakers and panelists pictured above: Dan Donahue, GBCVB Chairman & President, Saunders Hotel Group; Maureen Foley, Director of Community Relations, XSS Hotels; Tiffany Brown-Grier, Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance, Massachusetts Port Authority; Professor Arun Upneja, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration; Greg DeShields, Executive Director, Tourism Diversity Matters; Carole Copeland Thomas, President & CEO, C. Thomas & Associates; Richard Currie, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Workplace Psychology, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration; Martha Sheridan, CEO & President, GBCVB; Hilina Ajakaiye, EVP, GBCVB; Midori Morikawa, Deputy Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion, City of Boston; Elizabeth Barber, Professor Emeritus, Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management; Yvonne Drayton, DEI Consultant, Tourism Diversity Matters; Jenny Holaday, President, Encore Boston Harbor