Public Affairs

CSU Meets with Hospitality Industry Leaders to Talk about Education, Jobs

April 7, 2011

CSU Chancellor Reed met with the system's Hospitality Industry Advisory Board and Education Program Leaders at their annual meeting on April 6 in Sacramento to talk about industry needs and opportunities to advance hospitality education statewide.

“We need to remind legislators of the importance of the highly trained graduates that the CSU provides and how important a healthy hospitality industry is to California’s economic recovery,” said Chancellor Reed. “We are going to keep preparing students for success in their future careers, and we are going to keep building a stronger workforce for California.”

Members of the Advisory Board and Program Leaders are knowledgeable experts in key hospitality industries and covered topics such as curriculum, best practices and educational opportunities for students, faculty and industry professionals.

The day-long conference featured an array of speakers who addressed the challenges and opportunities that professionals in the industry face. To kick off the summit, California Restaurant Association President/CEO Jot Condie, California Travel & Tourism Commission President/CEO Caroline Beteta and California Hotel & Lodging Association President/CEO Lynn Mohrfeld provided insight into the latest industry trends.

Keynote speakers, Anthony York, political staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for KQED, rounded out the conference with their discussion on the state of politics in California and its effect on the hospitality industry.

The conference wrapped up with a legislative reception at the California Restaurant Association, which laid the foundation for boosting advocacy for CSU hospitality programs. The hospitality programs are geared toward providing an uninterrupted supply of hospitality leaders in California and connecting the profession with future professionals.