College of Business > Academics > School of Hospitality Leadership
As the world's fastest growing and most dynamic industry, hospitality offers seemingly endless professional opportunities. The School of Hospitality Leadership, located within the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus College of Business, was established with the support of a $7.5 million gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Beginning in the autumn of 2010, the school began preparing students for leadership roles within the hospitality field by providing them with a depth and breadth of superior business education coupled with the appropriate hospitality industry knowledge sets. In 2015, the School of Hospitality Leadership was named as the most recognized hospitality program in Illinois.
The School of Hospitality Leadership's strategic planning efforts were used to shape the school's vision and values from the very beginning. Those efforts maximized the use of advisory board members, industry leaders, university alumni and academic professionals through focus groups to create a unique and innovative program that will ultimately provide a comprehensive educational experience preparing students for leadership opportunities of today and the industry challenges of tomorrow.
The importance of hospitality is undeniable to many nations and localities. It is the business of travel and tourism. Hospitality is rooted in social engagement and is in alignment with DePaul University's founding principles, which are focused on the goodness and kindness to others.
Students aspiring toward leadership positions in hospitality will enter a dynamic industry filled with endless opportunity, benefits and reward. While there are clear attractions to working in the industry — interacting with people, travel and the satisfaction of working in service — understanding the unique challenges of serving people is critical to success in a competitive environment. Today's hospitality leaders must deal withcomplex factors such as globalization, sustainability, new business and financial models, and rapidly changing consumer demands.
The center provides personalized career planning and development strategies to all DePaul hospitality students while engaging them with our key industry partners and alumni for career success in our field.
Drawing on the expertise of our business college faculty, the center engages industry leaders, owners and practitioners in timely research and offers professional development workshops and consultation services to hospitality managers and entrepreneurs.
Members of the Hospitality Advisory Council (HAC) represent a wide range of hospitality organizations that operate in the U.S. and internationally with a strong representation in the Chicago hospitality community. These individuals bring a perspective to our program that helps us infuse worldwide trends and priorities, aiding us in keeping our program at the leading edge of the field.
As senior organizational leaders, members are highly visible advocates who champion our program across the industry. Their depth of leadership experience and organizational competence enables them to provide counsel in our preparation of students as future industry leaders and professionals.
Area Vice President and General Manager
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hostmark Hospitality Group
President & Chief Executive Officer
McInerney Hospitality International, LLC
An asterisk (*) indicates that a member of the HAC is
also a DePaul University alumnus/alumna.
The HAC members serve on two subcommittees and one task
force which guide our school in student preparation for successful
hospitality careers. These two subcommittees and the task force include
academic programs, industry and student engagement, and alumni relations and
An asterisk (*) indicates that a member of the HAC is also a
DePaul University alumnus/alumna.