279 | Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 2: ‘We are actually doing badly’


We’re trying something different today.

We’ve teamed up with a group called Next Generation in Lodging, a diverse team of mid-career hospitality professionals who want to have significant input into the future of the hospitality industry.

We’ve worked with them to produce and provide a platform for a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion in the hospitality industry.

We featured the Next Generation in Lodging co-founders in episode 275 that reported on the hacking of their Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 1 webinar on Zoom. We also explored the social awakening taking place throughout the country and the manifestation of inequality in the hospitality industry.

Today, we’re bringing you Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 2.

The returning panelists are Ashli Johnson, assistant dean at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management in San Antonio, Texas, and founder of Hospitality Leaders of Today, a non-profit dedicated to identifying and developing minority leaders; Tejal Patel, founder, president and CEO of Neem Tree Hospitality in League City, Texas; and Aron LeFevre, director of human rights for World Pride: Copenhagen 2021.

The conversation is rich with honest sharing on issues the industry might view as sensitive or uncomfortable.

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