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Talent Development
Career Connection




Advocacy promotes Miami-Dade County Hospitality/Tourism Industry
by bringing together and creating partnerships with business and having open dialogue with them to recognize their needs, hosting summits, conferences and trades shows ,establishing alliances with  employers and educators, organizing dynamic job fairs, and public education campaigns.

Advocacy Activities:

Black Hospitality Initiative participates on the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) Advisory Board and work closely with AOHT schools Academy of Hospitality and Tourism  to support education, training, internships, and career development for students pursuing hospitality careers. Black Hospitality Initiative partners with the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)  in April 21010 to bring Showcase of the Stars an interactive hospitality career-exploration event to Miami AOHT high school students. This event is mirrored and supported by the website:, a Department of Labor-funded website developed by Johnson & Wales in partnership with MFHA.

Black Hospitality Initiative participate on Miami Hospitality Institute Advisory Boards and assist with the employment training program designed to connect job opportunities in the local Hospitality Industry with Miami’s inner city residents through customer service and job readiness training provided in the heart of the inner city.

Black Hospitality Initiative partnered with the National Association of Black Hotel Owners and Operators (NABHOOD)  to host the 1st Entrepreneurial Conference for Black Students in Hospitality (ECHO). The conferences attracted more than 100 African American/Black students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), colleges in the Caribbean and Latin America. The participating colleges and universities  included: Temple University, University of Technology, Bethune-Cookman University, Tuskegee University, Northern Caribbean University,  University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Virginia State University, Hampton University, Miami Dade College, University of the West Indies, College of the Bahamas, Virginia State University, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, West Minister Community College, Florida International University, Savannah College Art & Design,  The Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School, University of St. Martin, San Diego State University, Johnson and Wales University and other local, state and national institutions. The conference was support in part by Visit Florida , Miami Dade County Tourist Development Council, NABHOOD) and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) .

Black Hospitality Initiative joined the Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC)  at their 8th Annual Conference and Trade Show held in the Nassau Bahamas, April 2010 to help promote training, networking and support minority travel professionals. Students from Black Hospitality Initiative were sponsored by Air Bahamas, TPOC, and NABHOOD to attend the conference.

Black Hospitality Initiative supported the Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) 13th Annual AfrICANDO Trade Investment Symposium, which focused on Security/Stability Nexus  Development in Africa, Citizens’ Political and Economic Empowerment = Security and Stability. Several significant recommendations were made during the conference, and we look forward to working with FDA to help them achieve their goals. In addition we will be working with AfrICANDO 2010 Trade Investment Symposium.