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Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!

Did you know early in life that you wanted to work in the hospitality industry? Maybe you did—depending on your age and family or other influences in your life.

As the school year begins, and for some of us, a new year with Rosh Hashanah, it is a time of reflection or even, for some, declaring a major. It is a time of renewal as the leaves turn. And many are considering what now or what’s next in their careers.

And I, having discovered yet another parent-child duo both in hospitality, began thinking about... MORE

All in the (Hospitality Industry) Family

It may seem that people come into the hospitality industry from everywhere imaginable, but some folks are born into it. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate, as they weren’t necessarily groomed from birth to plan meetings, sell hotel rooms or market destinations, but we’ve managed to run down some prime examples of familial bonds that inspired full-fledged careers in this hospitality industry we all know and love.

From the mother and son combo of Lesa P. Melvin and Jarad Melvin and the mother-daughter duo of Paula Stratman Rigling and Kaitlyn Rigling, to... MORE


See How Women Fight for Representation in the Food Industry via #Thrillist @NACENational @ILEAHub @GenderAvenger

Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong via #Motherboard // Then get #SeatingMatters at

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Additional Reading

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Planners (MP3 + Lyrics)
When I decided to write the September 2018 Friday With Joan blog post with a headline inspired by "Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and... MORE

Do Careers Run in the Family? (via All About School Leavers)
According to a study, the majority of students say their parents play a major role in their decision-making about careers and study. In the research, during which GTI Media surveyed over 3,000 students, more than half (54%) of respondents said ... MORE

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