Those who seek to use hospitality as a force for positive CHANGE in our communities.

Hospitality leaders, innovators, brands, and other key players across all industries.

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Journalist, Whetstone Media

Since 2007, Stephen Satterfield has devoted his career to redefining food and beverage as means to organize, activate and educate. He saw the need for more inclusive storytelling and a media company dedicated to food origins and culture from around the world.

Prior to his career in media, Stephen Satterfield was a sommelier and social entrepreneur promoting wine as a catalyst for socioeconomic development for Black wine workers in South...

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Executive Director, Center for Hospitality Leadership, Howard University

Ashli is committed to elevating communities and creating wealth through hospitality ownership and leadership. Privileged to work with industry leaders at some of the country’s premier hotels, and hospitality organizations, including the Walt Disney World Resorts, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Loews Hotels, WaterColor and WaterSound Resorts, Hilton Worldwide and the famed Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

She is the...


Founder, CEO and president, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

Founder, CEO and president of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is renowned for changing culinary and hospitality training—in and out of the nation’s prisons—while preserving French cooking traditions.

His mission-driven effort to train and staff former prison inmates at his flagship French restaurant and nonprofit has created a national model for re-entry and an educational pipeline for formerly...


Owner, Hotel Dryce & Magnolia Network

Fort Worth-based entrepreneur Jonathan Morris set out to create a fresh take on the barbershop experience in Fort Worth. In 2014, Fort Worth Barber Shop officially opened its doors and quickly became one of the city’s premier men’s grooming establishments. Morris is also the co-founder of Memo Hospitality Group, the developers of the recently opened Hotel Dryce, a 21-room craft hotel in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. He is also the host of...

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CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Greg Harris was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in December 2012. Harris joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008, where he oversaw development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs. He also assisted in numerous other areas, including strategic planning and institutional marketing, and helped to acquire archival collections for the Museum’s...

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Chairman, Sage Hospitality

Zack Neumeyer is an investor, hotelier, and philanthropist.

He is Chairman and co-founder of Sage Hospitality, a company specializing in creating, investing, and operating lifestyle hotels and restaurants nationally. Zack believes that Sage’s responsibility is to serve its communities, investors, guests and associates and has been dedicated to that effort since co-founding the company in 1984. He is, or has been, an investor and board...

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Allie Granata, history guru, and self-made mixologist leads the beverage program at II Brutto in Austin.

Allie is a firm believer that the martini has endless possibilities. Over the past 3 years, Allie and her team have crafted over 50 unique Martini iterations for II Brutto’s ‘Martini Martedi’ cocktail program.

When crafting menu’s she explores how to create culture within a culture - how do you pay homage to Italy while...


Director, Texas Music Office

As Director of the Texas Music Office, Brendon Anthony sets the agenda for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry into the Texas market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas (including corporations, start-ups, and everything in between). Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, Brendon provides the link between the Office of the Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Division executive...

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Managing Director, PKF Hospitality

Channing Henry joined the PKF hospitality group in 2019 as Managing Director | Head of US, leading the US consulting practice from the New York office. With more than 15 years in hospitality development and consulting, she brings a development perspective to the firm’s extensive advisory work. Channing advises hotel developers and owners on highest and best land use analyses, capital strategies and fundraising services, brand positioning and...


Operating Partner, Il Brutto

A local Hawaiian girl at heart, hospitality is in my blood.

While pursuing an architecture program at Notre Dame, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, where I fell deeply in love with espresso, pasta, Italian wine, the two-hour lunch, and the four-hour dinner. After graduating, I eventually found myself in Austin in search of warmer weather and community.

A part-time job at Sway turned into a newfound passion for wine...

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Founder, Chintertainment

C.K. Chin is a partner at popular Austin restaurants Swift's Attic, Wu Chow Austin, and Native Hostel. He also has a hand in Hope Outdoor Gallery, a reimagined version of the popular Graffiti Park at Castle Hills with a new location near the Austin airport.

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Community Outreach Coordinator, Edwins

Derrick’s early career was as a nursing assistant, and he later switched to the hospitality industry, earning credits in a culinary arts program.

He first met EDWINS founder Brandon Chrostowski while working at L’Albatross and, after learning his away around some of Cleveland’s best restaurants, he brings more than a decade of guest relations and management experience to EDWINS. He’s naturally engaging and is a skilled relationship...

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Co-Owner, Richter Goods

fabrics from heritage mills, our 10 master seamstresses assemble each shirt by hand from designs informed by the landscape of south-central Texas with subtle nods to the lore of the west: pearl snaps, chevron flap pockets, and the occasional arcuate yoke.

Sincere, small-batch, and sure-sewn. Our clothing is sincerely built. For us, to ensure fair labor conditions and the smallest environmental impact has meant that we've focused on...

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Chief Executive Officer, Texas Cultural Trust

Heidi Marquez Smith, is an accomplished community and non-profit leader and experienced public servant, as the CEO of the Texas Cultural Trust, Heidi advances arts and culture for our state through strategic partnerships and initiatives. She leads statewide advocacy efforts, directs research and data collection, advances public and private funding, and increases access to the arts for all Texans. Heidi amplifies the Trust’s mission to be the...


Director of Product Management, Poached Jobs

Jack Hott started in the restaurant industry as a teenager and worked his way up to Sommelier and Beverage Manager at the acclaimed Castagna Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. After a stint at Watershed Communications, advising nationally recognized hospitality businesses, he joined the team at Poached, the leading marketplace for hospitality labor. As Director of Product Management, Jack works to understand the needs of both sides of the...


Director, Industry Advisors for the Travel and Hospitality Sector, Sales Force

For over two decades, Jacqueline Nunley has been helping revolutionize the Travel & Hospitality industry and has dedicated her career to helping companies in transforming through innovative technology solutions. Currently, she serves as the Industry Advisor for Travel and Hospitality at Salesforce. With a passion for technology and a keen interest in understanding consumer behavior and the ethical use of technology, Jacqueline played a...

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Vice President of Property Technology, Sage Hospitality

For over three decades Jeffrey Stephen Parker has been a leader in hotel and restaurant hospitality, with the last twenty-five focused on hospitality technology. He specializes in the technologies that guests interact with directly and the ones that enable hotel teams to better enhance guest experiences.

Parker has created and implemented the technology systems that facilitated the growth of a regional brand, managing both operational...


Ranger Cattle

Ranger Cattle was founded by Josh Eilers and is located East of Austin. Josh was a Sergeant and served as team leader in the U.S. Army’s elite First Ranger Battalion. After the military, Josh started to follow his passion for the beef industry by starting one of the first true vertically integrated Farm-to-Table Wagyu operations in the United States. His herd consists of both Fullbloods and F1’s and is free to graze over 3000 acres in Austin...

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Project Manager, Scoremore Shows


K. J. Hughes, a pioneering entrepreneur with a career deeply rooted in service and hospitality, has woven a remarkable narrative of innovation and impact. His journey, spanning from nightclubs to becoming a trusted advisor to athletes and entertainers, has culminated in his latest endeavor, Manifest—a cultural oasis nestled in Washington, D.C.

From his experiences across the hospitality spectrum, K. J.'s profound insights have shaped...

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Founder, Procure Impact

Lauren has seen first-hand the role that businesses can play in transforming lives through their purchases. One of her family members who has a disability, regained confidence and independence, when Fortune 500 companies started buying their original art for their corporate facilities. Lauren launched Procure Impact to make it easier for companies to leverage their purchasing power to uplift and empower individuals with barriers to work....

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Co Owner, Richter Goods

fabrics from heritage mills, our 10 master seamstresses assemble each shirt by hand from designs informed by the landscape of south-central Texas with subtle nods to the lore of the west: pearl snaps, chevron flap pockets, and the occasional arcuate yoke.

Sincere, small-batch, and sure-sewn. Our clothing is sincerely built. For us, to ensure fair labor conditions and the smallest environmental impact has meant that we've focused on...


Director + Professor, Daniels College of Business' Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

David Corsun is director of the Daniels College of Business’ Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management and an associate professor since 2007. After receiving his PhD in 1999 from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Corsun was named assistant professor at Washington State University. After a year in Washington, he moved to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and was subsequently named associate professor and coordinator...


Executive Chef, Maie Day

Michael Fojtasek opened his inaugural restaurant, Olamaie, in August of 2014. It was the culmination of a lifetime spent appreciating the power food has to bring people together around a table. As a child, he discovered the draw of cooking watching his mother and grandmother, “Big Ola,” prepare meals, eventually working beside them. A stint at FINO (Austin) solidified his desire to commit himself to a career in hospitality. Fojtasek went on...


Executive Chef & PARTNER, La Condesa / Malverde

A native Texan, Rick began his culinary journey as an intern at Oakland House Inn in Maine. He then returned home to San Antonio, where he worked for Chef Scott Cohen in La Mansion’s Las Canarias. Rick began a stage at New York City’s Café Boulud, which led to a full-time position under future James Beard ‘Rising Star Chef’ Gavin Kaysen. Returning to Texas in 2009, he was soon given the opportunity to become Sous Chef alongside Executive Chef...


Head of Asset Management, Soul Community Planet

Ryan McCarthy is a 20-year hotel industry veteran with extensive experience in all aspects of lodging and hospitality including operations, asset management, strategic planning, and acquisitions. A graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Mr. McCarthy currently oversees asset management and is a co-founder of Soul Community Planet (SCP).

During his career, Mr. McCarthy has been involved in over $1.5 billion of hotel real...


Integrated Capital Strategies

Integrated Capital Strategies works with founders and family offices who seek to use an expanded toolbox to bring positive social change, including grants, impact investments, public-private partnerships, advocacy and even operating entities. Current and past clients include Giving Pledge signatories, Forbes 100 members and impact investors.

Founder Sharon Schneider was the founding Director of the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group,...

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Senior Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations, World Central Kitchen

Tracy is the Senior Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations at World Central Kitchen, where she plays a pivotal role in fostering partnerships to advance the work of WCK.

Her passion for purpose-driven work is reflected in her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, which includes serving as the Development Director at Horizons Greater Washington, serving on the Board of Directors of Many Hands DC, and volunteering as a...

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Consultant, Warner Consultant Group

Trevor Warner is the founder and president of Warner Consulting Group and has been providing IT asset management services in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. Warner Consulting Group is based in Columbus, OH and currently serves over 1000 hotels domestically through more than 60 ownership and management companies. Trevor previously served as the President for the Columbus HFTP chapter (Ohio Valley). Outside of the office Trevor...

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CEO | Author | Speaker | Trainer | Coach | Leadership & Organizational Thriving, SV Consulting Group

Wes Adams is the founder and CEO of SV Consulting Group and co-author of the upcoming book Meaning at Work: How Exceptional Leaders Combine Community, Contribution, and Challenge to Unleash Potential and Inspire Greatness (PublicAffairs/Hachette).

He brings more than two decades of experience as a successful entrepreneur and strategic partner for Fortune 500s, startups, and NGOs. He’s hired and developed talent on five continents and...