Nineteenth Annual Stephen W. Brener Lecture
November 15, 2012

©NYU Photo Bureau/Debra Rothenberg

The Tisch Center holds several exclusive annual lecture series and events. These lectures are designed to provide meaningful contributions to our disciplines, allow our students to meet industry and sector leaders, and prepare our students to be future leaders.

On October 4,  the Tisch Center held the first event of the year, The Nineteenth Annual Stephen W. Brener Lecture Series in Hospitality Management. Stephen Brener was a pioneer in the hospitality industry, including founding the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, establishing among the first hospitality courses at NYU and contributing to the professionalism of hospitality consulting and transaction services.

The title of this year’s lecture was “Beyond the Barriers: Women in Leaders in the Hospitality Industry.”  It was our pleasure to welcome four distinguished panelists to campus:

– Glyn F. Aeppel, President and CEO, Glencove Capital;

– Brooke Denihan Barrett, Co-CEO, Denihan Hospitality Group;

– Anne R. Lloyd-Jones, Managing Director, HVS; and

– Karen E. Rubin, SVP Global Development Policy and Feasibility, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

These panelists join an esteemed list of previous speakers including: Randell A. Smith, Chairman and Founder, Smith Travel Research; Jason Pomeranc, Co-Owner Thompson Hotels;  Daniel Flannery, Chief Operating Officer, Morgans Hotel Group; Eric O. Long, General Manager, Waldorf=Astoria; Offer Nissenbaum, Managing Director, Peninsula Beverly Hills; Dominique Piquemal, Managing Director, The LONDON NYC; Mary Lou Pollack, General Manager, The Alex;  Stephen Rushmore, President and Founder, HVS International, and many others.

The presentation was moderated by Tisch Center full time faculty member Sharr Prohaska, Clinical Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Professor Prohaska has held leadership positions in the Tisch Center, including Director of Graduate Programs, and is the Center’s resident Tourism expert. Her research interests include Sustainable Tourism Development and Cultural Heritage Tourism, and she regularly teaches in the Tisch Center’s summer study abroad program which has been held in Prague and Berlin, leading courses such as Emerging Issues, Special Interest Tourism, and Sports Tourism and Mega Events, among others. She is an active member in the Travel and Tourism Research Association , and has presented papers at conferences around the world.

If you would like to watch the lecture in its entirety, the stream is embedded below. You can also access it through the NYU-SCPS Youtube Channel where you will find many other wonderful programs held by the Center and the School.


—-Aaron Ross, Industry Relations and Administration