Inaugural Program



Exclusively available to active HFTP members, this program is designed to help members cultivate leadership skills and build knowledge through a series of learning components and opportunities to access models of leadership within the association and hospitality industry.

Recognition for Completion

Successful completion of the program will result in receiving a completion certificate and digital badge to include with your LinkedIn profile. In addition, you will be recognized at a special reception for participants at the 2022 Annual Convention


  • This is a HFTP members-only program, limited to 100 enrollees. It is free to participate. 
  • You must apply to participate in the HFTP Leadership Excellence Series prior to the January 2022 information session (Wednesday, January 26, 2022).
  • You must commit to a 10-month professional development program.
  • You must attend and complete six of the offered sessions.



Special lectures presented by hospitality leaders


Reading selected books on leadership and facilitated virtual Hangout discussions


Virtual education opportunities on hot topics in leadership


Written response submissions with facilitated follow-up exchanges designed to brainstorm ideas on specific industry issues

Monthly Schedule

Program Welcome and Orientation
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
10:30 a.m. CST

1st Topic Webinar
Thursday, February 17, 2022
2:00 p.m. CST
Topic: They Drive Me Crazy! The Generational Story You've Never Heard
Speaker: Cara Silletto, MBA, CSP
Moderator: Josh Bergen, CHAE, CHTP

1st Lecture Series
Thursday, March 24, 2022
11:00 a.m. CDT 
Topic: The Long and Winding Career Road
Panel Members: Shannon McCallum, Scot Campbell, Lyle Worthington
Moderator: Glenn Haussman

1st Book Club
Thursday, April 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. CDT
Blue Ocean Shift
Moderator: Michael Levie, CHTP, Partner and COO, citizenM Hotels

1st Exchange Idea
Thursday, May 26, 2022
10:00 a.m. CDT
Topic: Post-COVID Hospitality: What We Left Behind, What Will We Do Moving Forward
Moderators: James Bina and Art Burger

2nd Lecture Series
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. EDT (HFTP Bonus session during HITEC Orlando)
Title: A Fireside Chat with Harris Rosen
Moderators: James Bina and Art Burger

2nd Book Club
Thursday, July 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. CDT (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
Risk Forward (Victoria Labalme)
Nuts! - Southwest Airline's Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success (Kevin & Jackie Freiberg)
Moderator: Mark Pate, Sr, CHTP, MBA, Assistant Controller/IT Director, Highpointe Hotel Corporation

2nd Exchange Idea
Thursday, August 25, 2022 (tentative)

Recogntion Reception
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
5:00 - 6:00 pm
during the HFTP Annual Convention

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