Female Leadership in Hospitality Guest Speakers
Past Guest Speakers
Kristen McNamara '10
Vice President of Private Banking
Kristen McNamara is the Vice President of Private Banking at JP Morgan, where she provides strategic wealth management for ultra-high net worth clients and their families. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mrs. McNamara worked at Holiday Fenoglio Fowler and Goldman Sachs. Mrs. McNamara earned her bachelor’s degree in from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and her M.B.A. from The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
Irene Li '15
Mei Mei Restaurant Group
Irene Li operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston, where her work centers around ethical sourcing and fair employment practices. The award-winning food businesses merge modern techniques and multicultural cuisine with local foods and sustainable business practices. Mei Mei has been featured by Food & Wine, Eater Boston & National, The New York Times, Restaurant Hospitality, People, Bon Appetit, The Boston Globe, and more. Irene’s background of living on an organic farm, organizing for economic and social justice, and working the restaurant line inform the direction of her creative, farm-driven, Chinese-American menus. She is an Eater Young Gun winner, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and a four-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist.
Lauren Levin '03
Chief Marketing Officer
Lightstone Group & Moxy Hotels
As Chief Marketing Officer, Lauren Levin oversees the implementation of marketing & PR initiatives across Lightstone’s portfolio of Moxy Hotels. She is an award-winning hospitality marketing & branding executive, who has guided global marketing strategies at Google, Starwood Hotels, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, & sbe. The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recently selected Lauren, as one of the “The HSMAI Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization” for 2015. Lauren graduated from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 2003, where she is a frequent guest lecturer.