Program Overview



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 2023 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 2023 information session.
  • You must commit to a 10-month professional development program.
  • You must attend and complete seven of the offered sessions.
  • You may view up to two (2) recordings for participation credit.
  • The online community will be open to program participants. You must actively engage in the community discussions, posted session questions, and more. 

Applications / Registration Information

Registration is closed for the 2023 program.




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

We are still developing the monthly sessions and will post schedule updates when speakers are confirmed.

  • There will be one session per month.
  • Sessions last one hour and are held online via Zoom.
  • The June 2023 session will be in-person during HITEC Toronto.

January 2023

Welcome and Orientation Session
Thursday, 19 January 2023
2:00 pm Central time (-6 UTC)
Scott Boren, CHAE, senior corporate controller - hotels at Southern Management Companies LLC
Jim Schiff, CHAE+, CPA, finance and administration manager at CREADIS Inc.

February 2023

Topic Webinar
Staying Power: How to Keep Employees Longer

Thursday, 23 February 2023
2:00 pm Central time (-6 UTC)
Courtney Ramsey, Magnet Culture

March 2023

Topic Lecture
Amplify Your Impact

Thursday, 16 March 2023
2:00 pm Central time (-5 UTC)
Rachel Kuhlen, MBA, ACC-CPC, ELI-MP

April 2023

Idea Exchange
Managing Upwards

Thursday, 20 April 2023
2:00 pm Central Time (-5 UTC)

May 2023

Book Club
Star Trek The Next Generation: Make It So

Authors: Wess Roberts, Ph.D, and Bill Ross
Thursday, 18 May 2023
2:00 pm Central Time (-5 UTC)

June 2023

Leadership Excellence Series Bonus Session
Enhancing Your Leadership Potential
Larry Mogelonsky, P.Eng., Managing Partner, Hotel Mogel Consulting Limited
Thursday, 29 June 2023
9:00 - 10:00 am

In-person session during HITEC Toronto

July 2023

Topic Lecture
Leadership Lessions

Thursday, 20 July 2023
2:00 pm Central time (-5 UTC)

August 2023

Topic Webinar
Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Top Talent

Thursday, 17 August 2023
11:00 am Central time (-5 UTC)
Michelle Riklan, Career Strategist, Consulting and Search Executive, Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace

September 2023

Topic Webinar
Reexamining Your Ethical Leadership

Thursday, 21 September 2023
2:00 pm Central Time (-6 UTC)
Clare Peace, HR Business Partner, Certipay/Vensure

October 2023

Reception prior to the HFTP Annual Convention
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
5:00 - 6:00 pm Eastern Time (-5 UTC)

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