Women In Hospitality Conference

Join us on International Women's Day for this inaugural event! 

March 8, 2023Women In Hospitality Logo | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

HK Hall

(605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036)

Member: $99.00 | Non-Member: $149.00

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and happy hour. 

We’ll explore the experiences of women in our industry, while offering tools for success and opportunities to make valuable connections. Attendees can expect authentic conversations, empowering education, and meaningful discussion – along with cocktails and networking to end the day.

Sessions will include:

👋 Registration, breakfast & networking


🎤 “Outspoken: Owning Your Mic Drop Moment” Presented by Courtney Stanley

Learn to understand the power of owning your story, your voice, and your opportunity to change the game. 


💆 “Battling Burnout Culture” Moderated by Roslyn Stone, MPH, CEO, Zero Health Hour

An honest discussion about mental health in our industry.

Panelists: Lori Govar, LCSW

Amanda Fugazy, Esq.

Stephanie Hermann, PHR, VP of People & Culture, Boqueria Restaurants


🥪 Lunch & networking 


💸 “Empowerment through Financial Fitness” Presented by Sara Belhouri, Financial Gym

Learn to make smarter money decisions that add up over time.


👭 “Together We Rise”

A panel discussion on the impact and importance of community minded, businesses and how to build, sustain and grow your community.


Naama Tamir, The Lighthouse
Taniedra McFadden, Sylvia’s
Shelby Poole, Blue Point
Kelly Metras, Salena’s Restaurant


🔑KEYNOTE: “Lessons in Leadership” Moderated by Melissa Fleischut, Panelists: Patti Simpson, Sally Minier, Liz Neumark, Sharon Eliatamby

Learn from five of the hospitality industry’s most influential and successful female leaders about challenges they’ve encountered and the leadership lessons they’ve learned along the way.


🥂Happy hour & networking with other hospitality-minded women!

& more to come!

Get to know the speakers

Sara Belhouri, Financial Trainer, The Financial GymSara Belhouri

Sara Belhouri, Financial Trainer, The Financial Gym – After a series of financial mistakes in her late teens and early 20’s, Sara began her personal finance journey to take back her own power and to have the freedom and flexibility to pursue her goals. As a Certified Life Coach, she began realizing that the thing that holds people back the most from pursuing their dreams is not having financial security, or having a traumatic money story. She became a Financial Trainer to help others find clarity and confidence with their financial situation, so they can go deeper than the money to accomplish whatever they want in life.



Sharon Eliatamby

Sharon Eliatamby

Sharon Eliatamby is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of well-developed knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry.  Sharon is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and is

 currently working at the World Bank Group (WBG) as the Senior Project Manager overseeing the Food and Catering services as well as the conference center at the World Bank office in Paris.

Before joining WBG, Sharon was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. As a dynamic motivator and proven role model, Sharon currently is the President of Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM).  She served as Chair on the advisory council for the International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA) and more specifically on their Business and Industry (B&I) for Food Services. Sharon is also on the SHFM board and a committee member for Diversity & Inclusion Council as well as the local chapter planning committee in Washington, D.C..


Amanda M. Fugazy

Amanda M. Fugazy, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, is head of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Group and co-head of the firm’s Hospitality Practice Group. As such, Ms. Fugazy represents businesses (both for-profit and not-for-profit) and executives in litigation, arbitration and mediation, and provides counseling and preventative education with regard to wage-hour compliance, discrimination, harassment, labor relations, leave laws, internal investigations, contracts, manuals, and severance agreements.

Ms. Fugazy is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the highly litigated area of wage and hour law, having litigated dozens of federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. Because of her experience in this area, Ms. Fugazy was invited by the mediation office of the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York to teach on wage and hour laws, and has been named one of the “Top Women in Metro NY Foodservice & Hospitality” by Total Food Service magazine every year since 2017.

Ms. Fugazy is proud to serve on Executive Council of The Alumni Association for The George Washington University (B.A.) and on the Board of Trustees for Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts.


Lori K. Govar, MSW, MBA

Lori K. Govar, MSW, MBAMs. Govar has over 25 years of experience in workplace mental health, including employee assistance and wellness programs, DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) assessments, substance abuse monitoring, drug testing and licensed health professional monitoring. Her wealth of experience includes program management, operations, sales, quality improvement, data management and hands-on direct service work.

Ms. Govar was previously the Director of Uprise Health Monitoring, overseeing staff, operations, program management, sales, and data management. Through her leadership, both the Oregon Health Professionals’ Services Program (HPSP) and the Delaware Professionals Health Monitoring Program (DPHMP) experienced a revitalization. This included the successful navigation of an extensive program audit and laying the ground work to change partners for both the information system and drug testing program. Initially, Ms. Govar was the Report & Data Manager for Uprise Health Monitoring, in which she managed the development and use of the monitoring information system. This included identifying needs through partnerships with stakeholders, planning solutions,and implementing these projects. Pricing, reporting, and stakeholder surveys fell under her purview.


Patti SimpsonPatti Simpson

Patti Simpson is the Chief Administrative Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), in which capacity she oversees the human resources, legal, marketing teams and spearheads Hospitality Quotient, the company’s leadership, learning and development consultancy. Patti is an accomplished leader with a deeply rooted background in human resources, operations, organizational design, and learning development. A trained educator passionate about leadership and team development, Patti leverages her experience to further USHG’s culture of Enlightened Hospitality, the belief that putting employees first is the key to running a meaningful and sustainable business.

Previously, Patti served as the Chief People Officer of USHG, in which capacity she led the transformation and modernization of the HR function, and built a diverse, industry-leading C-suite. Patti also spearheaded the formation of USHG’s HUGS Employee Relief Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created to support USHG team members facing unexpected financial hardship


Courtney Stanley

Headshot of Courtney Stanley

Courtney Stanley is recognized globally as an award-winning keynote speaker, event emcee, and host of the podcast for women in business, Dare to Interrupt. Courtney has spent more than a decade empowering professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations to engage in game-changing, impactful conversations that encourage individuals to tap into their true potential, improve team and culture dynamics, and drive meaningful change.

IG/TW/FB: @courtneyonstage | Website: www.courtney-stanley.com |  linkedin.com/in/courtneystanley



Roslyn Stone

Roslyn StoneRoslyn Stone, MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer of Zero Hour Health, the industry leader in managing health incidents for many of the nation’s largest restaurant and food service chains, and the founder of Zedic, a solution for independents and smaller groups. Stone’s experience includes more than thirty years in the field of workplace health. At Zero Hour Health, Stone oversees medical crisis prevention and response services for more than 50,000 restaurant and food service locations and major events like the Super Bowl. In 2020, Stone and the ZHH team launched Zedic, a new service to support emerging chains and smaller food service and hospitality businesses.



Sally Saltzbart Minier

Sally Saltzbart MinierSally is currently the Global Head of Office Administration and Workplace Strategies at Jane Street Capital, a proprietary trading firm based in New York City. She oversees all food service, travel and hospitality for the company and manages a group of 50 people located in five countries. Prior to Jane Street, she owned and operated Sweet Sally’s Bakeshop, an on-line and wholesale baking company that specialized in Jewish pastries and nostalgic baked goods. Sally and her sweet treats were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in 2009 and she also made television appearances on NBC, WABC, Fox Business News and Better TV.

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