Castell@College - A 2-3 hour session designed to encourage high-achieving students to realize their full potential in the hospitality industry

  • Panel: Four executive women speak candidly as they share stories about career experiences, work/life balance, opportunities and obstacles

  • Roundtable Discussions: Students ask questions and discuss topics of concern with the executives in smaller groups

  • Networking: Students are provided contact information and are encouraged to contact the executives as they embark on their careers

Student Benefits

  • Learn from executives who have met real-world obstacles as they have built successful careers

  • Are introduced to a variety of career paths within the industry

  • Are made aware of Castell Project as a resource as they develop their careers

University Benefits

  • Castell@College becomes a point of differentiation for the university in the recruitment process

  • More successful alumni means greater commitment to graduates’ alma mater

Industry Benefits

  • The talent pool grows as graduates understand the opportunity to grow careers in the industry

  • Research confirms that an increase in gender diversity leads to improved profitability

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At our career fair this morning, I had the opportunity to see many of the students who attended yesterday’s Castell@College program. They were extremely positive and pleased with the entire session. They appreciated that you addressed many of the questions they previously submitted and also questions that were voiced in the roundtable break-outs. Not surprisingly, the positive comments were from both female and male students who share similar concerns about launching their careers. Students commented on being impressed with such an inspirational group who were also very approachable, open and warm.
— Debra Franklin Cannon, Director and Associate Professor Hospitality J. Mack Robinson College of Business Georgia State University

What did you learn (post-event survey)?

  • Embrace change in your career path.

  • When you see an opportunity, you need to go and get it.

  • Crisis usually brings opportunity.

  • Don’t be afraid to take a risk.

  • There are many career paths in hospitality to explore.

  • Networking is a key to success.

  • Money is good. Experiences bring the money.

  • It is possible to have both a work life and a personal life.

All of the speakers did an awesome job explaining and telling stories of their experiences.