​A​s the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic industry, hospitality offers seemingly endless professional opportunities. The School of Hospitality Leadership, located within the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus College of Business, was established with the support of a $7.5 million gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Beginning in the autumn of 2010, the school began preparing students for leadership roles within the hospitality field by providing them with a depth and breadth of superior business education coupled with the appropriate hospitality industry knowledge sets.  In 2015, the School of Hospitality Leadership was named as the most recognized hospitality program in the state of Illinois.

The School of Hospitality Leadership strategic planning efforts were used to shape the school’s vision and values from the very beginning. Those efforts maximized the use of advisory board members, industry leaders, university alumni and academic professionals through focus groups to create a unique and innovative program that will ultimately provide a comprehensive educational experience preparing students for leadership opportunities of today and the industry challenges of tomorrow.

The importance of hospitality is undeniable to many nations and localities. It is the business of travel and tourism. The industry has distinguished itself as the ‘Art of Pleasure’ and the ‘Science of Pleasing’ to both the guest and those serving them.  Hospitality is rooted in social engagement and is in alignment within a university whose founding principles are focused on the goodness and kindness to others.

Students aspiring toward leadership positions in hospitality will enter a dynamic industry filled with endless opportunity, benefits and reward. While there are clear attractions to working in the industry — interacting with people, travel, the satisfaction of working in service — understanding the unique challenges of serving people is critical to success in a competitive environment. Today's hospitality leaders must deal with such complex factors as globalization, sustainability, new business and financial models and rapidly changing consumer demands. 

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