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Hospitality Leaders Join Forces to Award Inaugural Celebrating Diversity Scholarship

From left to right: Chandler Williamson, Senior at North Carolina Central University; Rachel Roginsky, ISHC, Owner of Pinnacle Advisory Group Inc.; and Morgan Best, Junior at Virginia State University.

New York — June 21, 2022 — This month, hospitality leaders across the industry joined forces to launch the first-ever Celebrating Diversity Scholarship – paving the way for two students to attend the 44th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.

In its inaugural year, the Celebrating Diversity Scholarship awarded the two student recipients:

Complimentary registration to the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference as a member of the student volunteer team

  • $1,200 utilized for travel and associated expenses
  • Accommodation at the New York Marriott Marquis, provided by Marriott International for the conference dates, June 5-7

 “To work and learn from those that are top in the industry and be on the cutting edge of what the future holds for the hospitality industry would be priceless,” said scholarship recipient Morgan Best, a hospitality management junior at Virginia State University. The knowledge I could gain from this experience could never be duplicated in a classroom.”

  “In my future career, I plan on contributing to making hospitality a more diverse and inclusive industry through my diversity of thought,” said scholarship recipient Chandler Williamson, Hospitality & Tourism Administration major at North Carolina Central University. “Over my experiences, I have learned to appreciate differences. These differences are in perspective, ideas, cultures, and people’s unique contributions. My goal is to become a business developer and one way they succeed is by weighing all the options of feasibility and delivering a product that will meet many needs for all different backgrounds.”

 “The Celebrating Diversity Scholarship is the result of a special collaboration among NYU, The AHLA Foundation, ISHC and myself and my co-author Lori Raleigh. We are thrilled that we could bring this group together and offer these students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Rachel Roginsky, ISHC, owner & principal of Pinnacle Advisory Group Inc. and co-editor and author Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives.

Proceeds from Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives were used to help fund the Celebrating Diversity Scholarship. Over the years there have been five editions of the book—with nearly 100 leaders and industry experts in the industry having served as contributing authors. The book has been used extensively as part of the Hospitality program curriculum at many leading Colleges and Universities.

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About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at

About The AHLA Foundation

The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives, and strengthen the lodging industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them with a life-long career in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the Foundation’s programs are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future. Learn more at

About the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality

The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now celebrating more than 25 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields.
Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management; a plethora of Professional Pathways programs; and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. The Tisch Center recently launched the Hospitality Innovation Hub (HI Hub), which will foster entrepreneurship and creative solutions for the industries it serves. The state-of-the-art facilities offer students, start-ups, established industry partners, and investors opportunities to learn, discover, innovate, and invest.

For more information about the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit