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Hospitality Week Women in Hospitality Panel

Women in Hospitality – Panel

In partnership with Castell-College the Carson College of Business brings you a virtual panel of some of the most successful women in all aspects of the hospitality Industry.

2023 Event

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2023 Speakers

Odette Brown, Moderator
Regional Vice President
Choice Hotels International

Claudia Alverado Cruz
Analytics Manager

Sacha Tani
Senior Manager, Private Event Sales
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

J.J. Wills
SVP, Marketing Programs & Business Development

Past Event Speakers


  • Odette Brown, regional vice president – Franchise Services, Choice Hotels
  • Leah Murphy, senior director, Jane Hotel Group
  • Zoe LaClair, director of asset management,
  • Abby Murtagh, Moderator, general manager Arizona Biltmore

The Mission of Castell College

Mission: To see women in more than one of every three positions at all levels of hospitality industry leadership and ownership

Castell Project, a 501©3 nonprofit, is named for castell builders. These teams of thousands build human pyramids that lift people many levels high.

Castell Project reduces the friction that slows women’s rise as leaders.

  • The research initiative moves the conversation about women from opinion and emotion to facts and goals.
  • Leadership programs develop women in five areas where gender-specific training enables women to progress faster and lead more effectively.
  • Castell College recognizes that women in hospitality programs often set their sights too low and introduces successful women who are executives and have rich personal lives to show students opportunity.
  • Podium initiatives including the Castell Award and WSH List showcase women so they can gain the recognition they need to move up, and so both men and women see women in leading roles.