Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2010

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STHM STUDENT BRINGS NATIONAL SOCIETY OF MINORITIES IN HOSPITALITY CONFERENCE TO TEMPLE UNIVERSITY again. This year, the conference was hosted by Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), and attendees stayed at Temple’s Conwell Inn and Philadelphia’s Loews Hotel. “Meagan has been very dedicated throughout the sum- mer and fall semester to pave the road to success for the Northeast Region,” said Courtney Glotzbach, 2010-2011 NSMH national vice chair. “Meagan is a very task-orient- ed young lady, always exceeding deadlines and putting forth her best effort. Her passion for the industry is very evident in her coordination of the Northeast Regional Conference. Thanks to Carty’s recruitment efforts, the conference was expected to draw approximately 140 students from Maine, New Hampshire,Vermont, Connecticut,Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The three-day event offered leadership skill building, resume workshops and net- working opportunities with industry giants Aramark, Sodexo and Hershey, among others. “Having the Regional Conference atTemple really shows the initiative of our chapter,” said Greg DeShields, senior director of corporate relations andNSMHchapter adviser at the School of Tourism. “In just six years, we’ve created a chapter, brought stability to that chapter and developed the leadership to secure a regional conference here.” Carty is also an integral part in planningNSMH’sNational W Conference inAtlanta during February.Working with the 15 other National Board members, Carty helped develop this year’s national theme – “CreatingOurOwn Legacy” – which also has ties to her personal mission. “I feel like I’m trying to create my own legacy here, com- hile many students hit the beaches to relax in July, senior School of Tourism and Hospitality Management student Meagan Carty was beginning her appointment as Northeast Regional Chair for the National Board of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH). As the premier professional organization forminority stu- dents in hospitality, NSMH provides career development opportunities and addresses important industry issues such as diversity and multiculturalism. Carty worked for three months to establish relationships with the region’s 22 other chapters and planned the Northeast Regional Conference – which took place at Temple University from Oct. 29 through Oct. 31. The success of 2009’s Northeast Regional Conference in Philadelphia prompted theNational Board to choose the city 18 ing from the island ofAnguilla to Temple and being the first student from STHMon the National Board,”Carty said. Carty said she is also responsible for defending the Northeast Region’s title as gold medalists in the Hospitality Olympics, a National Conference competition that includes bed making, napkin folding and a waiters’ race. Despite a hectic schedule and varied responsibilities,Carty has managed to remain true to her roots, acting as a mentor to the School ofTourism’s chapter of NSMH. Aria Bias, a junior student and current president of the School of Tourism’s NSMH chapter, said Carty is a poised role model and is always available to help or answer ques- tions. Leading by example, Carty continues to recruit members and informstudents about the tremendous national opportu- nities for minorities in hospitality.“I’m enthused about being a part of something bigger,” she said. Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2010:

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