Master in Hospitality and Tourism Management alumna, Tracy Judge, credits the program for equipping her with the tools, resources and network to start her own innovative business. As a member of the MPI Independent and Small Business Advisory Board, Tracy acts as a thought leader contributing to the MPI blog. Read a preview of the articleRead More about How The “Gig Economy” Benefits the Meetings & Events Industry
Session Title: Pricing for Profitability – and Trust Date: June 18th Time: 11:00 – 12:15p.m. You may offer the best product or service in the industry, but without solid pricing strategy, you are likely to fail. Small businesses must be more careful about setting their pricing than their larger counterparts, as large businesses have moreRead More about MPI WEC 2019: Pricing for Profitability – and Trust
Session Title: Data Driven Event Design Date: June 17th Time 8:00 – 9:00a.m. In today’s world, we have no shortage of data or tools to capture it. However, we consistently see events planned without leveraging data. Data is a powerful tool to manage stakeholders and influence decisions. It is also key to defining the successRead More about MPI WEC 2019: Data Driven Event Design
Session Title: Mastering Meeting & Event Management Date: June 16th Time: 10:30 – 11:00a.m. Join San Diego State University and your industry peers to learn more about the first of its kind master’s degree in meeting and event management co-created by SDSU and MPI. This session will provide an overview of the 18-month online programRead More about MPI WEC 2019: Mastering Meeting & Event Management
On Tuesday, March 26, Scott Schultz, USTA-U managing director, discussed the benefits of Professional Tennis Management master’s programs and how they can give you a competitive advantage in your tennis career. View Recording In addition, guest speaker Jeff Campbell, from San Diego State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) master’s program, shared information about theRead More about Professional Tennis Management Graduate Program Webcast Series with Jeff Campbell
Pursuing a master’s degree is a major life decision, and one that has varying factors at play for each individual. For those in the fast-paced hospitality and tourism sector, it can be difficult to envision adding more to your plate on top of your career—but don’t let fear, doubt or complacency stop you. If you’reRead More about Hospitality and Tourism Leaders Share Their Perspectives on Industry Master’s Degrees
The first graduate-level program in the U.S. designed for meeting and event professionals will begin in August. A partnership between San Diego State University’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and MPI, the majority of the 18-month program can be completed online, on yourRead More about You Can Now Earn A Master’s In Meeting Management — Here’s How
The country’s first of its kind graduate-level program for meeting and event professionals, administered by San Diego State University’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Meeting Professionals International, has begun accepting applications. The 18-month online program will launch in August 2019. “The master’s program in meeting andRead More about First Graduate-Level Program in Meeting and Event Management Accepting Applications
Meeting planners can now earn a master’s degree in meeting and event management thanks to a new partnership between Meetings Professionals International (MPI) and San Diego State University’s (SDSU) L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). Launching this year, the graduate-level program is the first of its kindRead More about Announcing the First-Ever Master’s Degree in Meetings Management
By: Sandra S.A. Ponting, Ph.D. Assistant Professor L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management San Diego State University Between the surging demand for immersive events, the flexibility brought forth by the gig economy, and the vast data we’re able to gather using the latest technology, the meetings and events industryRead More about Roadmapping the Professionalization—and Elevation—of the Meeting Planner
Date: February 06, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Location: The University Club: 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 Many meeting planners struggle with getting visibility and buy-in from leaders of their organizations. They often feel their role is misunderstood and undervalued. It’s time to change the paradigm! Effective stakeholder management is the key to gettingRead More about MPI Pittsburgh February Education Event – Mastering Stakeholder Management
A master’s degree in meeting and event management will equip you with the hard skills and knowledge to excel in your career, but the true value in joining San Diego State University’s newest graduate program runs much deeper. Beyond the industry-specific curriculum and flexible online coursework, we are leading, connecting and empowering a group ofRead More about Connect with Your Tribe and Elevate Together
The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University is now home to two life-changing master’s programs. Our success with the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program led us to partner with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in co-creating a Meeting and Event Management Master’s Program set to launchRead More about HTM or M&E Master’s: Which is Right for You?
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the San Diego State University (SDSU) L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management have partnered to develop the first master’s degree tailored to the meetings and events industry. With hundreds of Certified Meeting Managers, Certified Meeting Professionals, corporate planners, third party planners and other industry game-changers joining our Meeting andRead More about Don’t Let Your Fears Hold You Back from a Master’s in Meeting and Event Management
Thursday, December 6th EduCon 2018 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel Mastering Stakeholder Management with Tracy Judge, MS, CMP Many meeting planners struggle with getting visibility and buy-in from leaders of their organizations. They often feel their role is misunderstood and undervalued. It’s time to change the paradigm! Effective stakeholder management is the key to gettingRead More about MPI Session at EduCon2018
Learn more about the Masters in Meetings & Events Program from our information session at IMEX America 2018.Read More about MPI Information Session at IMEX America 2018
By Carl Winston The meetings and events industry—and with it, the role of the meeting and event planner—is evolving dramatically. Sadly, meeting professional’s are still widely misunderstood and sometimes truly undervalued. No longer can you call your events “successful” based on attendance, atmosphere and positive feedback. Planners today must create and communicate value. How willRead More about How to Earn and Keep Your Seat at the Leadership Table as a Meeting Professional
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the San Diego State University (SDSU) L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are introducing the first master’s degree tailored to the meetings and events industry. The program is grabbing the attention of Certified Meeting Managers and Meeting Professionals, corporate planners, third party planners and those in other relevant fields such as group sales,Read More about 5 Ways a Master’s Degree in Meeting and Event Management Will Boost Your Career
The San Diego State University Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program is in full swing with its Fall 2018 cohort of 19 students. Cohort 6 comprises established and emerging leaders from diverse professional and educational backgrounds; what they share in common is a passion for personal and professional development, and a readiness to truly challenge themselves in pursuit of their aspirations. We caught up withRead More about Meet 3 Members from Cohort 6 of the HTM Master’s Program
Carl Winston, Director of L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, has been named to the inaugural #BizBash500 2018 List. Representing corporate events, associations, trade shows, social events, and more, these people represent the best of the meeting and event industry across North America. See the full list at BizBash.comRead More about Carl Winston – BizBash Top 500 List for Event Education
Monday, October 15th 11:15am – 12:15pm | Senior professional master series: Data driven event design; MPI 1:45pm – 3:00pm | Senior professional master series: Applying data to event design; MPI Tuesday, October 16th 3:00pm – 3:30pm | Embracing the gig economy; Soundings Connect Wednesday, October 17th 4:00pm – 4:30pm | A master’s degree in meeting and event management? Oh my!;Read More about MPI Sessions at IMEX America 2018
Pursuing a master’s degree is one of the best decisions you can make for your career. But, choosing a program can be difficult, if not utterly overwhelming. How do you assess the many programs available and make a final decision? Fortunately, finding the right master’s program is not so much an exercise of comparing andRead More about 5 Ways to Gauge the Right Master’s Program for You
By: Sylwia Stetz Whether you work at a desk, at home, on the go or in a combination of all the above, it can be difficult to find and maintain your peak productivity. Particularly in hospitality and tourism, the constant motion challenges us to create our own “zone,” wherever we may be and with whateverRead More about Making Any Place a Safe Space to Work and Build Confidence
By: Brad Gessner Corporate America is ultra-competitive—in order to progress, you have to perform. Prior to joining AEG Worldwide, I worked in the public sector, for the State of California and then the City of Scottsdale, Arizona. I also managed the San Diego Convention Center and can tell you from my various career experiences acrossRead More about Taking Control of Your Career in Corporate America
By: Mary King You shouldn’t have to uproot your career in order to pursue a master’s degree. The Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program at San Diego State University is designed for busy working professionals to be able to take in stride with their current responsibilities, rather than having to “take a step backRead More about 6 Ways the HTM Master’s Program is Made for Working Professionals
The hospitality industry spans wider than you might think. Hotels, restaurants, and events are only the beginning of the career opportunities that await in this rewarding, fast-paced business. Current SDSU Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s student, Kaylee Fernandes, is a shining example of how far hospitality can take you when you combine your passionRead More about Meet HTM Master’s Student and Utah Jazz Corporate Partnerships Manager, Kaylee Fernandes
A graduate program like the Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program at San Diego State University is much more than a set of classes with graded assignments; it’s an investment you make to better your skills, career, and life. While a master’s degree is certainly an impressive credential alone, the potential for return onRead More about 5 Ways to Accelerate Your Master’s Degree ROI
By: Jimbo Roit The word “innovation” is so overused in today’s world that its meaning is on the verge of extinction. Fortunately, we can recover the core principles by thinking in terms of innovators—the people who make things happen—rather than innovations, which are simply the results of innovators’ successes. Some innovators have an innate flairRead More about How to Become an Innovator
By: Ann Marie Kimble Work-life balance doesn’t have to be so elusive. Even with work emails and job responsibilities seeping into our daily lives, you can still manage to excel at work while finding time for family and hobbies. The hospitality and tourism industry, in particular, offers many gateways to the work-life balance you mightRead More about Find Work-Life Balance in Hospitality and Tourism
By: Ky Snyder Do you aspire to climb the ladder to senior leadership? A C-level position in hospitality and tourism can be surprisingly attainable if you build your career the right way. However, becoming a senior manager or executive requires more than simply “putting the time in.” Here are a few steps you can takeRead More about 5 BIG Steps on the Path to Senior Leadership
The Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program at San Diego State University is much more than a graduate degree. It is an investment in your career and life. Our alumni pave their own paths to individual and collaborative success, often going on to hold leadership positions with the world’s most recognized hospitality and tourismRead More about 4 HTM Masters Alumni Tell How Their Investment Paid Off
By: Terri Breining Being a leader doesn’t mean being in charge; it means helping others become the best and most successful versions of themselves. Throughout history, leaders have gone out of their way to take protégés under their wings. Walter Cronkite was mentored by his high school journalism teacher. Warren Buffett taught Bill Gates. YvesRead More about Pay it Forward: Why Leaders Love Mentoring Emerging Leaders
By: Brad Gessner Being a visionary doesn’t necessarily mean having a grand idea and starting your own venture. Many of the most enterprising leaders in business chose to put their skills and experience to work with a big company. Whether you have financial commitments preventing you from pursuing entrepreneurship or simply prefer stability over uncertainty,Read More about You Don’t Have to be an Entrepreneur to Carve Your Own Path
By: Jeff Campbell “Control” has always been a dangerous word for leaders. I recently came across a line that debunked control-based leadership so precisely that I will carry it with me for the rest of my life: “The opposite of control is discovery.” This came from the global security and defense company, Northrop Grumman, whichRead More about Control vs. Discovery: Why We Choose Discovery
By: Adam Edelman The 18 months you spend with the San Diego State University Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program culminate with what’s called the “Capstone Project.” Far from your typical, write-and-receive-a-grade thesis, the Capstone Project gives you a chance to shine within your organization and showcase the professional development you’ve gained from theRead More about How to Use Your HTM Master’s Capstone Project as a Career Launchpad
The San Diego State University Hospitality & Tourism (HTM) Master’s Program creates lifelong bonds between colleagues, mentors, and professors. We keep in close contact with our alumni, many of whom have gone on to hold leadership positions with the most recognized names in hospitality and tourism. We recently had the chance to catch up withRead More about Meet HTM Master’s Alum, Vince LaRuffa
By: Vince LaRuffa While the makings of a great leader might seem standard across the board, leadership means different things in different industries. The Hospitality & Tourism (HTM) Master’s Program at San Diego State University prepares leaders for the hotel, restaurant, events, entertainment, and travel sectors by equipping them with a combination of practical andRead More about What to Expect as a Leader in Hospitality & Tourism
By: Brad Gessner Differentiation is undoubtedly crucial in today’s competitive workforce. But, setting yourself apart doesn’t always require you to do something big or novel. In sports, you’ll hear coaches talk about their team doing “the little things.” They spend hours practicing every element of the game, not just to make corrections and address weaknesses,Read More about 6 Ways to Position Yourself for Career Success in Hospitality & Tourism
By: Jeff Campbell “Present a great idea in 18 minutes or less.” This simple yet profound format has helped TED Talks amass an audience of millions around the world, surpassing the 1 billion view mark in 2012 and still going stronger than ever. If you have ever watched a TED Talk online, you likely gainedRead More about How Video is Changing Master’s Programs
By: Ann Marie Kimble Confidence is undeniably one of the most important qualities for a leader to possess. It’s also an extremely subjective term. We know that we need to be confident in order to gain the trust and respect of others—but how exactly does one obtain and project confidence? In this article, I’ll brieflyRead More about Where Does Confidence Come From?
By: Carl Winston Have you hit a career roadblock? Does the thought of working in a cubicle for the rest of your life terrify you? Making a career change is a big decision, but it’s better than staying in a job that doesn’t inspire you. If you’re looking for the New Year to bring newRead More about Why Hospitality & Tourism are Hot Career Picks for 2017
By: Jeff Campbell Few leaders in the restaurant business can lay claim to the level of success the late Norman Brinker saw during his storied career. More than an executive, he was instrumental in establishing many of the casual dining and fast food mainstays you see across America today—from Chili’s and Bennigan’s to Jack inRead More about 5 Lifelong Leadership Lessons I Learned from Norman Brinker
By: Ky Snyder Change is something many people assume they must simply react to. Meanwhile, leaders know that change can—and should—be created. It’s not a matter of power. A leader certainly has more influence within their organization, but anyone can envision and initiate positive change. It’s not about proving yourself, either. You create change becauseRead More about Are You Leading Change or is it Leading You?
By: Trisha Hall Blake A master’s program should be much more than a pursuit of a diploma or a bridge to a great job. Unlike many other master’s degrees, the master’s in Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) from San Diego State University goes beyond lectures and readings to instill lifelong habits for success. If you’reRead More about 5 HTM Master’s Lessons You Will Use for the Rest of Your Life
By: Tyler Martin Leadership is built on confidence. Before you can expect others to be confident in your vision, you need to have a healthy level of confidence in yourself. When a leader is confident, it shows. Even when they are not speaking, they carry an aura of assurance. So, where does confidence come from,Read More about Are You a Confident Leader?
By: Lori Sipe The San Diego State University Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program is an 18-month journey that will make you a more confident, capable, and creative leader. The curriculum is personalized to your career goals and highlighted by a series of guest video lectures from globally accomplished leaders in hospitality. To tieRead More about What is the HTM Master’s Capstone Project?
By: Jeff Campbell Do you ever feel like you’re faking all of your skills and soon everyone will catch on? In a limo full of senior leaders, this question created a collective sense of insecurity so palpable that all we could do was banter on and laugh sheepishly. It was the CEO of Pepsi-Cola, aRead More about Feeling Inferior? 5 Reflections to Beat Impostor Syndrome
By: Carl Winston Americans average 10-14 jobs between the ages of 18-34 and 3-5 career changes by age 38, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A career change isn’t a sign of weakness or inadequacy. It actually symbolizes positive attributes such as purpose, vision, and aspiration. Former NBC San Diego executive producer andRead More about 7 Things You Should Know Before Making a Career Change
By: Trent Selbrede Will you be able to get through this article without being distracted by the very device on which you’re reading? In a world of buzzes, beeps, clinks, dings, chimes, and just about every other sound you can name, focus has never been more fleeting. The distractions are visual, too: from exclamation marksRead More about How to Better Manage Your Time in a Distracting Digital World
By: Mark Testa Hospitality is centered on creating a memorable experience for guests. Whether it’s a getaway to a luxury resort, a business trip, an evening of fine dining, or even just a cup of coffee, people are willing to pay for experiences that make them feel some sort of positive emotion. Leaders in theRead More about The 3 Essential Masteries of a Hospitality Leader
By: Jeff Campbell Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs. Bill Gates had Warren Buffett. Michael Jordan had Dean Smith. Guidance is a cornerstone of greatness in any arena. Even for those who are already good at what they do, mentorship provides the insight to reach “the next level”—whether it’s the astronomical success of those named above,Read More about Why You Need a Mentor and How to Find the Right One for You
By: Carl Winston Everyone faces challenges in their career, especially those who seek to become leaders. Disliking your work and/or workplace is a relatively easy problem to solve—you find something new. But what about when you’re not unhappy, but also not feeling fulfilled on the job? How do you make headway in pursuit of aRead More about Identifying and Overcoming the Most Common Career Roadblock
By: Lori Sipe A leader has a massive impact on a company’s culture. Even when employees are happy and goals are being met, it is the leader’s job to identify areas for improvement and strive for further success. What many leaders often forget is that leadership starts with self-awareness. You can train others for skillsRead More about 5 Leadership Blind Spots and How to Fix Them
By: Brad Gessner Conflict is an inevitable part of business, particularly in large hospitality organizations, where hundreds or even thousands of employees each bring their own unique personality to work every day. The pace is a mile a minute, and the environment is constantly changing—it’s safe to assume and okay to accept that disagreements willRead More about How to Manage Conflict in the Workplace
By: Brian Hughes The term “accountability” is used so frequently in the business world that it is often demoted to buzzword status. On the surface, accountability may seem like a given—a general awareness that everyone has. However, leaders must exemplify accountability with a deeper understanding of how it is directly related to culture, performance, and success.Read More about What Does Accountability Really Mean?
By: Ann Marie Kimble Camaraderie is a key element to success for any team, particularly in a customer service-driven industry like hospitality. It’s a beautiful thing when a team gels and understands each other, but that doesn’t always happen on its own. As a leader, it’s your job to set a common goal that everyoneRead More about How to Manage the Many Different Personalities in Your Workplace
One of the best parts about the San Diego State University Hospitality and Tourism Management Master’s Program is connecting with fellow classmates who share your passion for leadership. Each cohort is its own unique group with professionals from all walks of life, spending 18 months together pushing toward personal and team goals. It’s a collaborativeRead More about Look Who’s in HTM Master’s Cohort 5!
By: Adam Edelman In a world where anyone can summon a private driver to show up to their door in minutes or have an online order of groceries delivered within hours, things begin to seem easy. But, while technology has brought a new dimension of convenience to consumers, the hospitality industry in particular is challengedRead More about Leading Innovation and Change Through Tech-Driven Times
By: Jackie Reed Over the past decade, culture has catapulted to the top of the priority list for most companies. Even giant, multinational organizations are emulating “startup culture,” which embraces creativity, autonomy, and camaraderie. Meanwhile, concepts like personal branding and design thinking are changing the way employees view and present themselves in the workforce. ButRead More about The 7 Most Important Things You Need to Know About Shaping a Company Culture
By: Tracy Judge If you’ve ever gotten a promotion, you know how great it feels to be recognized and rewarded for your hard work. Chances are you waited months or even years to take that step up the ladder. For a promotion to happen, there often needs to be some aligning of the stars. MaybeRead More about 7 Ways to Make Yourself More Promotable
By: Tiffany Spitzer Starting a new job is never easy. Even in the smoothest of transitions, there is always an element of uncertainty. Will you fit in? Is there a downside that you didn’t see during the interview process? Will you miss your old job? The anxiety is magnified when you’re not just changing jobs,Read More about 9 Signs You Need a Career Change
Lectures are a key part of any educational program, but the San Diego State University Hospitality & Tourism Management Master’s Program does them a little differently. Unlike the low-energy undergraduate lectures you might be recalling, there is nothing “boxed” or “cookie-cutter” about our lessons. In addition to the personalized insight you gain each week fromRead More about 5 Recent HTM Guest Lectures That Will Help Your Career [FREE]
By: Lori Sipe So, you’ve decided that you want to pursue a master’s degree. Now what? With thousands of colleges and universities across the U.S., choosing a master’s program can be utterly overwhelming. You’re investing a great deal of time and money, and you want to be sure you pick a program that is goingRead More about HTM vs. Other Master’s Programs: 5 Things We Do Differently
By: Carl Winston A master’s degree can transform your life and help you take charge of your career trajectory. But, there’s much more to it than simply deciding, “I want to go back to school,” or, “I want to get a better job.” As is the case with any major life investment, joining a master’s programRead More about Is Now the Right Time to Join a Master’s Program?
As one progresses through life, they often come across a point where they have the option to embark on two separate paths. Take Jay for instance. Jay has been thinking about getting his master’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Jay has weighed out two options: he could take the Average Path or he could take the ChallengingRead More about The Path to Mastering a Master’s
By: Vince LaRuffa Everyone loves a promotion at work. It’s extremely satisfying to be recognized and rewarded for a job well-done. But simply coming to work every day and doing your job adequately won’t put you on the fast track up the ladder. In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s important to realize that promotions generally don’tRead More about What is Promotability?
By: Anthony Belef The most admirable leaders—not just in business but in the world—show us time and time again how beautiful change can be. And yet we as humans are innately programmed to be skeptical and even fearful of change, especially when it comes to big decisions that we must make for ourselves—like a careerRead More about A 10-Step Guide to Preparing for a Career Change
By: Jeffrey Campbell The working world is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Once considered a top-down, command and control tactic, leadership has evolved to require a higher level of engagement, and thus a more seasoned skill set. Likewise, the growing demand for innovation and change equates to an equal demand for true leadersRead More about 6 Signs You’re the Next Great Leader (And What to Do Next)
By: Ann Marie Kimble You have a full-time job. You’re right in the thick of your career. You have a family. It feels like you barely have any personal time as it is–so how can you complete a career-defining graduate program while still keeping your job, taking care of your family, and enjoying your personalRead More about How to Build the HTM Master’s Program into Your Busy Life
“I’m never going to school again,” I bragged to myself as the graduation caps rained down on the auditorium floor around me. No more scan-trons.. No more buying books. No more all night cram sessions. So I thought. After college I continued my career of surf photography, which ultimately lead me to surf philanthropy andRead More about Sean Brody from Liberia
I’m writing this for anyone considering enrolling in San Diego State University’s on-line Master’s in Hospitality & Tourism Management program. First, here’s a little background about me. I am a 35 year veteran of the Public Assembly Facility Management industry having spent time with the Sheraton Hotel Corporation, San Antonio Convention facilities department, and most recentlyRead More about Brad Gessner Blog Post NEW!
Perhaps my favorite F. Scott FitzGerald quote: “The mark of a first-rate intellect is the ability to hold two apparently opposing ideas in mind at the same time and retain the ability to function.” When it comes to planning for your business in this new century, they are good words to keep in mind. TheRead More about Business Planning for the New Century
I’ve been teaching leadership at San Diego State University for six years now and attempting to practice it for the better part of the last 51 years (since I started college at Fairfield University). Over that span of years I’ve been an infantry NCO in the 82nd Airborne Division, a corporate CEO multiple times, aRead More about What Real Leadership Looks Like
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