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Hotel Industry Spotlights Superstars at Annual Fundraiser
AHLA | January 15, 2020
Finalists to be Recognized at “Night of a Thousand Stars” Gala Supporting Hotel Industry Foundation WASHINGTON (January 15, 2020) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) have selected finalists for the 2020 Stars of the Industry Awards, which recognizes the top hotel employees in the country. The winners will be chosen from more than 300 nominations from all sectors of the industry and across the country and presented as part of the “Night of a Thousand Stars” Gala, the Foundation’s premier fundraiser. NORTH STAR AWARD FINALISTS Mark Ga...
AHLEF Awards Record-Breaking $1.3 Million in Scholarships
AHLEF | August 13, 2018
–Over 70 Percent Female Recipients; Highest Number of Hospitality Students Rewarded to Propel Career Development – Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2018) — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the philanthropic arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today announced $1.3 million was awarded via 420 scholarships this year – the highest amount ever awarded to students seeking a career in the hospitality industry. More than 70 percent of scholarship recipients are women, and more than one-third of the total recipients are minority students. "With students taking on crippl...
Hotel Industry Commits $75,000 Grant for LA Opportunity Youth Training
AHLA | July 19, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (July 19, 2018) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), in partnership with the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA), Hotel Association of Los Angeles and Grads of Life, a national nonprofit, today celebrated the first graduating class of 27 local youth who received training in a hospitality industry program with local community-based organizations LeadersUp and iFoster. As part of the training program, each youth has earned the AHLA Certified Guest Service Professional designation, the highest acknowledgement of guest s...
AHLA Names Rosanna Maietta President of American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation
AHLEF | May 2, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 2, 2018 – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today that Rosanna Maietta has been named president of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF). Maietta, who has served as interim President of the Foundation since May of last year, currently serves as senior vice president of communications and marketing. As AHLEF President, Rosanna will lead the Foundation and its team to advance its mission of ensuring a strong and viable future for the entire lodging industry by fueling the talent pipeline. She will be responsible for raising the Foundation's profile an...
Hotel Industry Partners With Pearson to Offer Debt-Free College Degrees to Employees
the American Hotel & Lodging Association | February 28, 2018
10 Hotel Companies Launch Innovative Pilot Program to Offer Employees No-Cost Associate and Low-Cost Bachelor's Degrees WASHINGTON, DC - The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the foundation arm of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, today announced a pilot program to offer streamlined degree programs to hotel industry employees in partnership with Pearson's AcceleratED Pathways program. Through this groundbreaking initiative, ten hotel companies will engage employees across 1,500 hotel properties, allowing them to pursue higher education pathways at no cost to the employee. The announcement underscores...
AHLA Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by Launching Program and Giving $50,000 Grant
AHLA | November 20, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Senior Vice President of Career Development Shelly Weir joined Maryland Secretary of Labor Kelly Schulz, Grads of Life Principal Elyse Rosenblum and local hotel-industry apprentice Wynter Sharps to announce a commitment to provide $50,000 in grants to community-based organizations to recruit and develop "Opportunity Youth" in Baltimore. Currently, six million young people – "Opportunity Youth" – are between the ages of 16 to 24, and out of school and out of work. Connecting them to potential employers is an important step in securing their future. The hosp...
AHLEF Awards Nearly $1 Million in Scholarships to Hospitality Students
AHLEF | September 7, 2017
Washington, D.C., September 7, 2017 – The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), announced that nearly $1 million was awarded to 372 scholarships this year – of which 131 were given to minority hospitality management students. AHLEF administers several scholarships for students who are enrolled in a hospitality-related degree-granting program at an American college or university. Applicants are evaluated based on academics, related work experience, extracurricular activities, financial need, honors, and personal attribu...
AHLEI Launches 3-D Virtual Hotel Simulation
the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) | August 7, 2015
Orlando, Florida, August 2015—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) offers a new experience for learners with the SLATE Hotel, an interactive, 3-D, high-fidelity virtual environment that takes players through the many responsibilities of a hotel general manager. SLATE stands for Strategic Learning and Training Experience. Learners navigate the game from the point of view of the general manager, interacting with staff and guests and making strategic decisions in the areas of front office operations, sales and marketing, food and beverage, accounting, human resources, and risk management. During the game, player...
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