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Juan Mendez

Academic Degrees

  • MS, DePaul University, 2016
  • BA, DePaul University, 2007

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Event Planning 
  • Special Events
  • Non-Profit Events


Juan Mendez brings more than 10 years of event planning experience to his teaching role. Prior to joining the School of Hospitality Leadership, Mendez served as event manager for DePaul’s Office of Advancement where he focused on strategically managing fundraising, engagement and stewardship events, including events involving the university’s president and trustees. His teaching and research focus on event planning and production, tourism, and hospitality business etiquette.

In April of 2021, Mendez was named the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion(DEI) Advocate for the Driehaus College of Business. In this role he leads all initiatives and strategy in DEI work for the college. He also holds an administrative role in the School of Hospitality Leadership, managing events and marketing and promotion initiatives. Mendez earned a master’s degree in hospitality leadership and organizational performance and a bachelor’s degree in history from DePaul.