David Scott is Director of Sales at the award winning Embassy Suites and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in Omaha-La Vista, Nebraska. The hotels are model inclusive employers which have garnered recognition by the White House, the Nebraska Governor and in numerous media outlets. Moreover, inclusion was not done for charity – it was done for, and remains, great for business. Originally from Sydney, Australia, David has worked in tourism and hospitality for over 30 years.
Valentini Kalargyrou, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her outstanding and scientifically done work on best practices in the hospitality industry has been widely published in top-tier reviewed journals. Her research primary focuses on disability issues in the workplace and service operations.
LeAndra Collins has been a Director of Human Resources in the hospitality industry for over eight years. She has overseen three Project SEARCH host sites based at hotels averaging 85% employment in the first year following their graduation. LeAndra is a member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands and holds her PHR Certification. In addition to her work, she is also kept busy by her two daughters who are six and three years old.