It’s been a trying six months for our industry and while we’re slowly seeing restaurants open their dining rooms, the hospitality industry is still going through a historically challenging time. This year has tested us like no other - personally, professionally, as an industry, and as a nation. COVID-19 has shaken our worlds so much and we know that all corners of our world require examination and perhaps, most require reinvention. And while it’s inspiring to see some incredible stories of perseverance, we still have a long road ahead of us.
Like many of you, we’ve thrown out the rules from before, and we’ve designed something new. Over the next five months we’re going to be hosting a digital Welcome Conference, with a wide range of keynote speakers, conversations, and interviews to provide some inspiration during these unprecedented times. Since people are at the heart of our profession, you’ll also be able connect with others in the hospitality world about topics you care about. Hopefully, in the end, we’ll make some positive change for our industry. It will all be hosted on the Welcome app available for iOS, Andriod, and on any desktop.
The conference is FREE - thanks to our incredible partners at American Express, Resy, and San Pellegrino - and just requires a simple registration. You can pop in whenever you want as some of the content will be pre-recorded and others will be live and interactive. The “doors” will officially open on October 5th, but you can register and access today to set up your profile and get familiar with the new platform. It only takes a few minutes.
We’re excited to get going and welcome you all to this year’s reimagined conference.
As with past Welcome Conferences, we will have a theme, fittingly: Reinvention. Since we will be together longer this year, each month will have a focused topic, beginning with Grit for October, and followed by others such as Coaching, Attachment, Collaboration, and Vulnerability.