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Blacks in Hospitality: The Need for Equitable Recovery

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

(Link will go live on 02/11/21)

In honor of Black History month panelists will lead a conversation that looks at hospitality as a tool for social good. Speakers will look back through Black history and discuss examples of how hospitality helped to birth and or support some of our nation's most transformative social movements. Weaved throughout this conversation will be an emphasis on the need for equitable recovery for Black and Brown business in today's hospitality space in honor of Blacks' contribution to the industry.

Speakers will include:

Lola and Taiye Olapado are Nigerian-American twin sisters and proud cofounders of the award- winning company, The T.L. Hospitality Group, LLC. and their newest brand, Urbanity Lush – a Philadelphia-based Airbnb, experiences, and hospitality-lifestyle brand. For the past seven years these sisters have honed their love of cultural exchange, the arts, adventure travel and home hosting, into a brand that their guests say fosters “real connections and lasting memories.” From internationals, to locals and even friends who have booked a stay at their rental, all come away feeling like they have been hosted well. Since COVID-19 hit, they have spent their time reimaging how to deliver the same warm and authentic hospitality they have become known for but this time online! That’s when Urbanity Lush was born, which serves as their online experiences arm of their hospitality brand. Their goal is to curate a community that makes culture & hospitality accessible to everyone from the comfort of their own home.

Dr. Stephanie Brown has served in education for over 20 years in various roles such as an ESL instructor, Career Support Manager, Director of English, Professor of English, and Director of Student Success. Dr. Brown is also the founder of I AM Educational Series, a resource hub that provides educational materials in Black History, Women’s History and American History.

Lia Rogers is an award-winning designer, home stager, and owner of Reinvention Intentions LLC. She began her passion for design and staging over 20 years ago when she would assist and consult family and friends when they were looking for a change in their home aesthetics or were putting their property on the market, looking to sell quickly and for a profit. In 2012, Reinvention Intentions LLC was founded to meet the growing demands of top realtors who realized the value of incorporating Staging into their marketing strategy, home sellers who gained from profit and their homes reduced days on the market, and home buyers who benefitted from a turn-key property.


February 11
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
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