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2nd Annual HR in Hospitality™ Conference Predicted
Another Winner at Wynn Las Vegas

Produced in association with Human Resource Executive® Magazine, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration,
and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the three-day event centers on HR management,
employment law and labor relations in the hospitality industry; Wynn Las Vegas, March 16 - 19, 2008

HORSHAM, PA.— AUGUST 28, 2007 — Early-bird registration for the 2nd Annual HR in Hospitality™ Conference (, the premier event for hotel, restaurant and foodservice professionals in HR management, employment law and labor relations, is now open. The three-day event is scheduled for March 16-19, 2008, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

The event is produced by Human Resource Executive® Magazine and developed and co-sponsored by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations. HR in Hospitality™ also is endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Human resource practices are at the center of competitive performance for hotels, restaurant and other foodservice organizations in the hospitality sector,” said Harry Katz, Dean, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ithaca, N.Y. “The HR in Hospitality™ Conference has quickly become the foremost forum for practitioners to network and learn about the latest research findings from faculty of both of the Cornell schools, and to hear what’s going on in other hospitality organizations from top executives.” 

Katz cited recruitment and retention as top HR problems that continue to plague the hospitality industry, along with the ongoing managerial talent war. Over the course of three days, attendees will learn how to better recruit service workers, motivate existing workers and managers, match pay with performance, match benefits to the needs of employees and business performance, and deal with immigration issues. Conflict resolution and other human resource and legal issues, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, also will be discussed. 

“The 2007 HR in Hospitality™ Conference was an extremely successful first-time event, and moving forward we have incorporated valuable suggestions from attendees and faculty to make the 2008 conference even more valuable,” Katz said, noting that union office employees, hospitality law attorneys, consultants and hospitality investors also are encouraged to attend. “We’ve kept the same basic structure, but altered the format to allow for more interactive sessions. This year we will feature more practitioners presenting information about what they are doing in their organizations—citing specific examples of what does and doesn’t work.”

The 2nd annual event expects to attract more than 550 attendees. In addition to the conference, the HR in Hospitality™ Expo Hall is open for two days and will feature more than 100 exhibitors. The expo is designed to further assist attendees through exposure to products and services related to: Benefits Administration, Compensation Systems & Services, Dependant Care Programs, Diversity Hiring/Compliance Training, Drug/Substance Abuse Testing, Employee Assistance Programs, Employee Communications, Enterprise HR Outsourcing & BPO & RPO, Foodservices, Health Benefits & HSAs, HR Consulting, HRO, HRIS & Web-based Services, Insurance, legal, Logo Wear & Uniforms, Payroll Software & Services, Payroll Screening and Assessment, Recruitment, Retirement & 401(K) Services, Safety & Security Services, Training, Wealth Benefits & Group Life, Disability & Workers’ and more. 

Impressive Line-up

HR in Hospitality™ begins March 16 with two pre-conference symposiums titled: “Alternative Dispute Resolution for HR: New Skills for Old Problems” and “The Right Way to Respond to EEOC and FLSA Charges.”

The opening General Session, to be held Monday, March 17th, will feature Cornell University faculty exploring six “hot topics” that are critical for HR success, including effective staffing strategies; safeguarding against sexual harassment and retaliation; demonstrating the value of HR; Federal Labor Standards Act developments at the federal, state and local levels; HR data that drive business performance; and managing workplace privacy.

Additional general sessions include “HR in the Hospitality Industry: A CEO’s Perspective,” featuring Matthew J. Hart, President and CEO, Hilton Hotel Corp. Hart will outline which HR issues are most important to a CEO and  what a CEO expects from the HR Team. On Wednesday, March 19, the final day of the conference, “HR in Hospitality Visionary: Arte Nathan,” will feature former Senior VP of HR at Wynn Resorts Ltd., who will field questions about his career choices, triumphs and regrets.

More than 30 break-out sessions will enable attendees to network and share ideas on topics such as: “Effective Staffing Strategies in the Hospitality Industry,” “Creating a Consistent Service Culture in a Multi-Brand Environment,” “Workplace Privacy: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” “Trends in Employment Screening: What Foodservice HR Professionals Need to Know,” and “Four Legal Trends You Can’t Ignore.”

For registration details, including early-bird registration and the conference’s full agenda, visit  For exhibitor and sponsorship information, visit or contact Fred Kurst, Trade Show Manager: Southeast, Southwest, West, N.Y. and Europe, at (703) 393-8304; or Nancy Sommar, Trade Show Manager: New England, Midwest, Pa., N.J., Canada, at (215) 784-0910, ext. 623. 

About HR in Hospitality™

HR in Hospitality™ was developed and produced by Human Resource Executive® Magazine, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  HR in Hospitality™ is the premier event specifically for professionals in the hospitality industry who handle employment law, human resource management and labor relations.

In addition to the conference, the HR in Hospitality™ Expo Hall is open for two days and is designed to further assist attendees through exposure to products and services related to benefits, HRO, legal, payroll, screening and assessment, training and recruiting.

About HRE Conferences

Thousands of HR professionals network, research workforce solutions and make buying decisions at the three annual Human Resource Executive® events, NY HR Week™, April 15-17, 2008, HR in Hospitality™ and the HR Technology® Conference and Exposition, October 10-12, 2007.  More information about these conferences can be accessed at

Note to editors:  HR in Hospitality™ is produced by HRE Conferences, a division of LRP Conferences, LLC.  Trademarks and registered trademarks referenced herein remain the property of their respective owners.  A limited number of complimentary press passes are available for HR in Hospitality™.  To request a press pass, please contact PRPRO.


Barb Worcester
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