JWU College of Hospitality Management

Not Just Another Cup of Tea: Hospitality Students Hear from Bigelow Tea CEO

The American consumer has an almost limitless amount of options when they head to the grocery store — so much so that it can be an overwhelming experience. Sometimes, one may even think, “I’ll just buy this brand. What’s the difference?”

Cindi Bigelow is on a mission to change that way of thinking.

Topics: Hospitality Johnson & Wales University

INTIX CEO on Finding Success in the Ticketing Industry

Maureen Andersen is on a quest to eradicate the phrase “just the box office” from the English language.

As president and CEO of INTIX, the global organization for ticketing professionals, Andersen serves as an enthusiastic cheerleader for a career path that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. She outlines her pent-up exasperation that a lifetime of being asked, “So, what do you do?” is met with a dismissive, “Oh, just the box office.” “We’re not just anything!” she explains. “We’re circus masters in the big top. We’re type A, organized, loyal, talented individuals who make up the incredibly diverse ticketing industry.”

Topics: Hospitality

DVP Tom Murray Talks Leadership, Personal Growth with JWU Students

He encouraged students to “grow themselves.” Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), said once he hit his 20s, he knew he had to keep learning and pursuing new goals. “I made myself more valuable to other people. What I was looking for was further personal growth.”

Topics: Hospitality Johnson & Wales University Charlotte

Students Learn About Sustainability, Innovation and ‘Being Human’ at Compass Day

Ask anyone at Compass Group North America what the most important aspect of their company is, and they’ll all give you the same answer: the people.

Christopher Fisette ’14, senior banquet manager for Levy (a Compass Group company), said it best: “At the end of the day, we’re all human beings.”

Topics: Hospitality Johnson & Wales University Food Service Management

The Hidden Hospitality Career

The hospitality industry offers an almost endless amount of career options. From hotels to cruise ships, restaurants to casinos, event management to travel and tourism, and more, it's an expansive and all-inclusive field.

Topics: Hospitality Johnson & Wales University

Top 10 Reasons to Study Tourism (Some May Surprise You)

Ever envision yourself leading tours of exotic, international locations? Maybe you'd love to head out onto the high seas as a cruise director. Or how about working with clients to plan their ultimate vacation, making sure every detail is taken care of to make their trip as memorable as possible?

Topics: Hospitality Johnson & Wales University Travel & Tourism

Students Present 4th Annual SEEM Leadership Conference

Industry experts. Networking opportunities. An "elevator pitch" competition. It's all at our Providence Campus each year during the SEEM Leadership Conference. And it's all designed, planned and executed by students in the Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management (SEEM) major in JWU's College of Hospitality Management.

Topics: Hospitality Providence Johnson & Wales University

Hospitality Student Receives Prestigious Kopf Scholarship

Ever dream about exploring your industry before you graduate? Maybe even traveling across the country — or abroad — gaining real-world experience in an unforgettable setting?

Topics: Hospitality Scholarships

Career Advice from Industry Experts at Hilton Day

According to Jonathan Wilson '91, vice president of product innovation and brand services for Hilton, “People don’t work for companies — they work for other people.”

Topics: Careers Hospitality

Study Abroad: 500 Corks in Germany

For Andrew House ’17, it’s about being able to experience the hospitality industry firsthand. For example: “Understanding the geography of wine regions is something that’s really hard to do from a book,” said House.

Which is why the food service management major recently embarked on the international trip of a lifetime through JWU Study Abroad, participating in 500 Corks: Wine and Wine/Food Pairings in Germany. 

Topics: Hospitality Study Abroad