North America

17th Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference

General Information

The National HR in Hospitality Conference is the only event of its kind with HR and legal guidance tailored specifically for the hospitality industry. This event is developed, managed, and administered by the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, ILR School and the Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER). Attendees gain real-world strategies from top employers and legal experts to conquer the unique issues facing the hospitality industry. The program format consists of not only large keynote sessions, but breakout sessions such as “High Impact Strategies for Attracting Talent”, “Managing and Monitoring the Remote Workforce” and “Union Organizing”.   These smaller, more intimate sessions will give participants the chance to interact, ask questions and learn from Cornell faculty and industry experts as they tackle today’s most pressing challenges.

In addition to the thought-provoking sessions, participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of HR and legal professionals from around the country and visit dozens of vendors offering the latest in hospitality software, products and services in our Expo hall. The HR in Hospitality Conference is the premier event for HR professionals that provides a forum for academia and industry to exchange ideas and innovative advancements.


May 1 – 3, 2023 | Sheraton Phoenix Downtown | Phoenix, Arizona


Individual Rates

Early Bird – $1375 (register by 3/1/2023)

Standard – $1575

On-site – $1675

Top Industry Experts

So what does HR in Hospitality offer you that other HR conferences are missing? Find out what hundreds of your colleagues have already discovered…

  • Proven HR strategies from hospitality organizations of all sizes.
  • Essential advice from seasoned attorneys with expertise in the particularities of hospitality labor and employment law.
  • Leading experts sharing their thoughts on the hottest topics affecting the industry today.
  • And so much more!

Hear from leading industry experts from hospitality organizations of all sizes such as Hilton Worldwide, Preferred Hotels & Resorts​, Hyatt, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Dinex, and Loews Hotels.

ESG Conference | Robert H. Smith School of Business

General Information

Are you passionate about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives or want to learn more about this sector within the business space?

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Center for Social Value Creation’s second annual ESG Conference! The conference will take place on Friday, December 9th from 1pm to 6pm EST at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. This year’s ESG Conference is themed around UMD’s first-ever State of Impact Reports which highlight best practices and lessons learned in ESG across nine industries. The reports will be released at the Conference and embedded into the theme and discussions of the day.

Date & Time

December 9, 2022, 1:00 PM-6:00 PM

CapsimInbox Microsimulation Development Lab Workshop


Wednesday, September 21

9-10:30AM EDT


Hosted on Zoom.


Maddie Handler,

If you are interested in developing a microsimulation, or just looking to learn more about this experience, then this workshop is for you! As the first part of a two part badging experience, participants are invited to a workshop that will not only introduce you to former authors and winners, but also provide opportunities to ask questions to the CapsimInbox team, themselves.  The objectives of this workshop include:

  1. To provide potential authors more information about the CapsimInbox product and process
  2. To assist potential authors with developing their own solutions by providing previous examples and a small brainstorming breakout room session
  3. To motivate potential authors to create their own CapsimInbox microsimulationFollowing the workshop, all participants will receive a badge and be invited to continue to the second badge experience, which is authoring your very own microsimulation, which will have a chance to win $5,000.



  • Kelsey Zimmermann

    Learning Experiences Coordinator
    Capsim Management Solutions
  • Matthew Shell

    Market Development Manager
    Capsim Management Simulations

Student Voices: Featuring Finalists of the Bridging Divides Essay Contest 2022

General Information

In 2022, the Victoria Forum and the Global Business School Network have collaborated to launch the Bridging Divides Essay contest, which welcomed 300 registered individuals and teams (347 total students) from 65 institutions, 27 countries, and 6 continents! This international group of students was prompted to submit original, unpublished essays and accompanying creative pieces that share experiences and perspectives, which inspire efforts to bridge existing divides. These written pieces had to also include a subtheme of bridging social, economic, and/or environmental divides.

Through two extensive rounds of judging, the Top 5 submissions (including the essay and creative piece) were determined and the authors have been welcomed to join this esteem panel to discuss their stories and efforts when it comes to bridging divides. These authors will be joined on the panel with the second/final round judges who selected their pieces, and who will additionally discuss their comments and feedback from the submissions.

The panel will be led by the Global Business School Network’s CEO, Dan LeClair as he navigates the conversation and storytelling as they are told by both judge and student. You won’t want to miss this enriching session on how students are striving to make intentional efforts and are tirelessly working to bridge so many divides.

Date & Time

Monday, August 29, 2022 from 6:30-8:00pm EST

Victoria Forum 2022 Bridging Divides: Turf, Truth and Trust

Top Five Essays

(In no particular order)

These Top Five Submissions have been invited to join a panel of elite judges to discuss their essays at the Victoria Forum.

“Of Highways and Byways- How People Have Used Resources to Divide Africa”

Mufudzi Chihambakwe

University of Cape Town
South Africa

“The Plight of Hijab-Wearing Women”

Zainab Siddiqi

Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

“A Promising Heritage at the Age of a Divided but Interdependent World: Conversation”

Duygu Tan

Koç University Graduate School of Business

“Connecting Women to Abundant Education”

Panharoth Meas

University of Houston

“Personalized Experiences and Future Outlook of a Growing Problem in the Digital Age”

Anne Venema & Andrew Sahaydak

Johannes Kepler University Linz & University of Victoria
Austria & Canada

Final Judges Panel

About the Victoria Forum

The inaugural Victoria Forum took place on November 2017, and brought together approximately 500 participants, representing different levels of governments, business, academia and civil society, to take stock of the state of diversity and inclusiveness in Canada on its 150th anniversary, and to look to the future.

The Forum reflected a Canadian narrative that pluralistic societies require inclusive institutions, where power and benefits are widely held, in order to create the conditions for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic progress.

The final report included thirty-eight constructive recommendations and was widely distributed to leaders at different levels of government, business, and civil society.

Access Free Registration to the Victoria Forum 2022

Microlearning Instructional Design Level 1 Certification Workshop

MID Live Workshop

Wednesday June 1, 2022

12PM – 3 PM

Join the MID Live Workshop to be certified in Microlearning Instructional Design Level 1 for free!

While the program is self-guided and can be completed in an average of 2-3 hours, Gnowbe’s goal is to help you set aside a three-hour block of time to sit down and complete it in one sitting, with Gnowbe facilitators available to help you along the way with any questions you may have.

Don’t put it off another day – sign up now to join a community of content creators from around the world and complete the certification together!


Make a free Gnowbe account before jumping on, then you will receive a link to Gnowbe’s FREE MID Level 1 Scholarship at the beginning of the workshop on June 1st. Be sure to get there on time!

Academy of International Business Annual Meeting

When and Where?

InterContinental Hotel Miami

Pre-conference: July 5-6

Main Conference: July 6-9

Virtual Paper Presentations: July 15

After two years of online-only Annual Meetings, registration for AIB 2022 Miami is officially open!

Registration Requirements

  • You must have a valid AIB membership through July 9, 2022.
  • All accepted presenters, authors, and pre-conference participants must complete their registration by 29 April 2022.
  • Note that there are two separate registration buttons, one for in-person attendance and another for virtual attendance.

Key Dates

Registration Opens:
1 March 2022

Deadline for Presenters:
29 April 2022

Online Registration Closes:
17 June 2022

Global Partnership for Poverty & Entrepreneurship Webinar: Understanding the Unique Challenges Faced by Low-Income and Disadvantaged Female Entrepreneurs

There is an emerging body of research on poverty and entrepreneurship, and a considerable amount of attention has been devoted to issues surrounding women and entrepreneurship. However, the unique challenges of women entrepreneurs who live in poverty and experience highly adverse circumstances are not as well understood. Yet, women are responsible for a significant proportion of the ventures started by those in poverty. In addition to a severe lack of resources to support their ventures, they can struggle with entrenched gender norms and institutional barriers, overt and subliminal discrimination from a range of different stakeholders, complex family pressures and dynamics, difficulties in achieving some sort of work-life balance, and constraints in establishing business legitimacy, among other issues. This panel of distinguished global researchers will share leading edge perspectives regarding these challenges and how they can be overcome. Differences between a developing and developed economy context will be explored. Priorities will be established for ongoing research needs at the interface between poverty, entrepreneurship and gender.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 26 | 11:00am-12:15pm ET via Zoom


  • Dr. Sucheta Agarwal, GLA University, Mathura (India)
  • Dr. Aleksandra Gawel, PoznaĹ„ University of Economics and Business (Poland)
  • Dr. Lois Shelton, California State University, Northridge (USA)
  • Dr. Lavlu Mozumdar, Bangladesh Agricultural Unviersity (Bangladesh)
  • Dr. Said Muhammad, Zhengzhou University (China)

Robert H. Smith School of Business-Maryland Business Adapts

As the global economy continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, business still carries on across borders. In Maryland, five companies have found innovative ways to weather the storm. Now, they’re sharing their learnings with others.

On Friday, June 3rd, join us for Maryland Business Adapts, an event of the Center for Global Business. This event will offer opportunities to hear from esteemed guest speakers, develop a plan to innovate in your workplace, learn from case studies featuring recognized honorees, and network with peers as you tackle today’s business challenges.

The Event

The Maryland Business Adapts event will take place on Friday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Baltimore and offers opportunities to hear from esteemed guest speakers, learn from case studies of the recognized honorees, participate in executive education sessions, and network with Maryland’s international business ecosystem and industry peers. Participants will also be connected to resources and programs to help them compete in the global marketplace.

The event will feature:

Welcome remarks by: 

  • Mike Gill, Secretary of Commerce, State of Maryland
  • Prabhudev Konana, Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Rebecca L. Bellinger, Executive Director, Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business

A Maryland Keynote

  • Julius Robinson, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, US & Canada at Marriott International

Recognition Ceremony and Presentation of Honorees

  • Hear about how Maryland small businesses have adapted in the global pandemic.

Executive Education Workshops 

  • Building Resilience Where It Matters Most
    Facilitator: Oliver Schlake, Clinical Professor and Entrepreneur,
    Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Blockchain and Digitization to Enable Resilient Global Supply Chains            Facilitator: Tejwansh Anand, Clinical Professor of Practice and the Academic Director, MS in Information Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Creating a Better World Together: 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

Date & Location

August 5-9, 2022 | Seattle, Washington, USA

AOM 2022 Theme: Creating a Better World Together

As we anticipate the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, many organizations and the world’s social structures have been vastly challenged, and, in some cases devastated, by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the broad social unrest of the last couple of years. The resulting uncertainty has stunned and shaken us all. Governments became polarized as millions of people lost their lives during the COVID 19 pandemic while riots over social inequity swept the world. The events that have shaken the world make it clear that if it affects one of us, it affects all of us. While governments have played a key role in responding to these world events, business organizations have been important in leading the world from darkness to better days. As the world emerges from the dark days of the recent past and a new normal takes place, collaboration and cooperation between business organizations, managers, and stakeholders will be of utmost importance.

What will business organizations look like in the new normal? While the spreading uncertainty challenged many organizations and social structures, several lessons were nonetheless learned. The innovative strides made during these last couple of years illustrate that business has the capacity to address world problems at a pace and scale that few would have predicted. During these last two years, disparities around the world and within countries were laid bare. However this period also led to a new awareness for organizations and managers as well as scholars of management; this could be an opportunity to reset organizational practices that enable the creation of new future organizational arrangements.

Business organizations, managers, and stakeholders will be challenged by society as perhaps never before in history. So too will scholars of management be challenged. In many parts of the world, society increasingly expects business organizations to help solve problems of environmental degradation, inequality, and poverty. There seems to be a growing awareness of the vital role of business organizations, managers, and stakeholders in tackling societal challenges including environmental sustainability; inter-generational trade-offs where future generations cannot make their voices heard today; and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. And business organizations and their managers are beginning to respond. Still, many challenges lie ahead for business and for us the scholars who study and inform management. This transition from the past two years to a better future leads to the following questions:

  1. To what extent is there a need to create future institutions, relationships, systems, and processes that are different from the past? To what extent do these structures in some way already exist and thus merely need to be improved upon?
  2. What skills will business organizations and managers of the future need?
  3. How can business organizations, managers, and stakeholders deal with prevailing uncertainty while responding to predictable situations in what might be ongoing transitions from one to the other?
  4. How can business organizations, managers, and stakeholders develop and enhance capabilities to anticipate and agilely respond to pandemics, other world-wide concerns, and new challenges?
  5. Will business organizations and governments need to work more closely together in the future?
  6. What will the future of work look like?

These and many more questions will need to be examined as we move towards a new normal. What, where, how, when, and why will business organizations, managers, and stakeholders seek to adapt to what exists or create a world in which we will all be better off together? That is the task set for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022 program.

14th Annual Stanford Africa Business Forum: African Innovation Shaping the Global Future

Innovation in Africa is Shaping the World’s Future

This year’s conference will explore how innovations across various sectors in Africa can influence the global economy. What role does African innovation play in shaping the global future? How do current ventures on the continent position Africa to become a leader in the global economy? At this conference we would like to challenge the narrative that “Africa is the future” and explore whether “Africa is now.” We will welcome diverse perspectives on Africa’s unique opportunities and challenges as our speakers discuss what they see as Africa’s role in today’s economy.

Date & Time

April 16, 2022

Virtual Session: 7:45am-2:35pm PST

Gala + Networking Event: 5:00pm-8:00pm PST

After Party: 8:00pm-10:00pm PST

Key Note Speakers

We are honored to welcome Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, and Tunde Folawiyo, Chairman of NBA Africa and Folawiyo Group, as our keynote speakers. Join us as we explore how sectors in Blockchain/Crypto, FinTech, Clean Energy, Entrepreneurship, and others can make a lasting impact on economic growth across the continent.

Events to Look Forward To

This year we will have speakers who are creating innovative ways of tackling challenges in healthcare, fintech, clean energy, cryptocurrencies, investing (private equity and venture capital), infrastructure & cities and entrepreneurship. In addition to our lineup of amazing speakers and panelists, SABF will also be hosting a Venture Pitch Competition on April 17th. Come hear from inspiring and innovative founders as they pitch to early-stage investors from across the globe.

A Long History of Cultivating Forward-Looking Conversation

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Stanford Africa Business Forum. In 2007, the forum theme was “Fostering Entrepreneurial Activities in Africa”. Its objective was to portray Africa in a more positive light than that more commonly seen in the media and create awareness of the diverse and burgeoning opportunities. The first forum was organized by a group of enthusiastic students headed by Wilson Irungu Nyakera and Kwame Ansong-Dwamena.

Though the theme has changed from year to year, the motivation behind the forum hasn’t changed. The forum has always been aimed at creating awareness of the opportunities on the African continent and bring together Africans and friends of Africa from the continent and the diaspora to engage on the most important issues affecting the continent’s growth. Click to learn more about conferences in 2021, 20202019, and 2018.