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FIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY INSPIRE 40 YOUNG MEN AT “MEN IN HOSPITALITY” BREAKFAST



Recently the American Experience Foundation, Destination DC’s 501(c)(3) public charity, hosted approximately 40 11th and 12th grade boys from all four Academies of Hospitality and Tourism for a “Men in Hospitality” breakfast at Ballou High School. Key African-American industry leaders participated in a panel discussion to share their expertise and support for the young men aspiring for careers in the hospitality industry.


“One of my favorite parts of my job is working with the American Experience Foundation at events like this is one,” said Elliott Ferguson, president/CEO of Destination DC.  “The panelists and I were able to share learnings from tough childhood moments and first job experiences to advice on workplace ethics and career readiness. Being able to interact with a room full of young African-American boys with a few of my peers in the hospitality industry was the highlight of my day.“

Speakers included:

  • Elliott Ferguson , president and CEO, Destination DC
  • Ray Bennet , chief global officer, Marriott international
  • Cedric Daily , CEO, CDVoyages
  • Thomas Penny , president, Donohue
  • Rauf Shakir , co-founder and VP of sales and marketing, USA Guided Tours
  • Calvin Ruffin , mass media and auto tech director at Ballou High School (moderator)
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