Spotlight on Hospitality Professionals

Are you a hospitality professional?  Do you want to be? If so, the article, “Training Tomorrow’s Professionals” is about YOU! Just a few months into retirement I was thrilled to contribute to this article published by Minnesota Meetings and Events Magazine. Now I’m even more excited to be returning to DCTC. Contact Jason Obarski, jason.obarski@dctc.edu, or me, rosealee.lee@dctc.edu. if you want to complete your educational journey and open doors to you future.  Let’s go back to school together!

Real Learning YOUR Way

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DCTC Hospitality Programs meet you where you’re at and take service to a whole new level! Students can work completely online or combine online with in-person classes.

Flexible Learning at It’s Best!

You can choose to be completely online one week and only partially online next week. Students who live in other states or countries, are traveling, or just can’t make it to class, may work online completely. Or, you can reduce your computer screen time by participating in part-time “classroom” opportunities in the real world. This is learning at its best!

Get it Your Way — In the Real World

We make learning real! “Classroom” takes on a whole new meaning in DCTC’s hospitality courses. Thanks to industry partners, almost all of the optional “classroom” Saturdays are in the real world at venues and industry organizations. Students get behind-the-scenes tours and hear from industry professionals.

Here’s your list of fall ’16 semester courses with optional “classroom” dates and locations. THANK YOU, industry partners for helping to make learning real!

SMGT 1022 Leadership

1160 Fundamentals of Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1161 Advanced Meeting, Conference, & Event Management

SMGT 1162 Special Event Management & Coordination

SMGT 1166 Event Design: The Art of Wow

 

Chart your career path in Meeting and Event Management or Hospitality Lodging Management.

For more information about any of DCTC’s Hospitality Programs, contact Rosealee.Lee@dctc.edu or meet me on LinkedIn.

 

Change in Today’s NEW Marketplace: Turn Hope into Action

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We all need hope.

Hope is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul.  Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity.  That’s what change is all about.

Focus on hope for a moment.  Consider what you are hoping for in your business or career.  What are your personal hopes? Do you wonder what your life would look like if you got what you hope for?  Close your eyes and picture it for just a moment.  Dream it with me.  Now, let’s make it happen.  Let’s take that vision from hope to action.

There are only six steps to turn hope into action. The steps are easy to forget, and many of us stumble when it comes to some of the steps.  I stumble over #3 quite a bit. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten to the point of liking my “child”, but sometimes it’s difficult to let her out.  As you read this list, identify the items you believe you’ll stumble over and make plans to embrace them as part of your journey in turning hope into action.

  1. Strategic intelligence and intuition

The art of being strategic is to consider what could be.  It is to ask questions until there are no more questions to ask.  Yes, it is strategic intelligence AND strategic intuition.  Trust your gut.  Trust your inner voice.

  1. WHO are your stakeholders?

Make a list.  The chances are that list will include your family or community members, co-workers, employees, employers, and customers? Consider not simply what they do and their profession or how they act, but what their generation is as well.  That includes what they care about – their values, their dreams, and their hopes.

  1. Permission to play

Give everyone – yourself included, permission to play.  There is a child inside each of us.  Let them out, please.

  1. Imagination

What if we didn’t have rules? What if we could invent our future and our opportunities?

  1. Innovation and flexibility

I remind you of the child.  As a child, we probably all were asked to draw something and color it.  For most of us, one of those experiences was to draw a house.  So, we drew a house, we added some grass and probably some flowers and then we added the sky.  We probably included the sun.  And if we colored the sun, purple, our teacher would say, oh, no, the sun is never purple.  Well, what if the sun was purple.  From an early age, we are taught to conform . . . to cease imagining what might be and only imagine what society and the rules say should be.  So, if in your heart, your sun is purple, then color it purple!

  1. Connection

It is a worldwide truth that relationships are built on connections.  It is when we get outside of our silo or our sandbox and connect with others that we find like-minded people with other, perhaps weird ideas.  Who knows, you may even find someone who believes the sun should be purple. People find partners when connections happen.  Together they create hope.  Sometimes it’s as simple as sharing a cup of coffee or a drink.  Sometimes it occurs in a public restroom.  (Not kidding; I recently got a new consulting client at a baseball game in a ladies room waiting line.) You never know where an opportunity for growth and change will occur.

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And above all, give everyone time to connect with the change, and with each other.

 

 

A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the second in a series of articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Change in Today’s NEW Marketplace: A Dream is Just a Dream . . . Until it Has a Deadline

Changes are rarely comfortable. Even if we know the change will increase our success, most of us get a little twitchy when placed outside of our comfort zone.  Real change requires applying action to our wishes and creating measurable goals.

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

                                                                                                       Harvey MacKay

 

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Hope is a key component of dreaming with a deadline.

We all need hope.  It is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul.  Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity.  That’s what change is all about.

Achieving successful change requires authenticity.  If you are not true to yourself, then you cannot possibly be true to anyone or anything else.  Faking it doesn’t work.  When you fake being good at or feeling something, your lack of authenticity is evident.  And, your heart is not in it. Oh sure, you can take classes on doing that “something” well, but if it’s not naturally you, you will only get a little less bad at it, whatever it is. You can fake mediocrity but never success.

That’s why partnerships and collaboration are integral to most success stories. Putting others on your team to do the “something” you are not great at, is a big part of dreaming with a deadline. And always include HOPE!

A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the first in a series of five articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

 

 

 

 

Whitney Bunce Joins the All-MN Academic Team

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Whitney Bunce was inducted into the 2016 All-Minnesota Academic Team. The honor recognizes Whitney’s leadership​, academic achievement, as well as community and college service. Whitney will soon​ cross the Commencement stage to be given her Meeting and Event Management AAS Degree. She has a future as bright as her smile!

Celebrating Commitment to Hospitality and a Powerful Network of Professionals

DCTC hospitality graduates span the globe in hospitality careers.  On Saturday, May 21, many graduates, students, and their guests will be found at the annual Spring BBQ.

For more date notice_001than a decade, DCTC hospitality graduates have brought a level of professionalism to meetings, events, conventions, trade shows, and venues such as hotels, resorts, and tourism destinations.  Many serve in hospitality supply organizations that provide design, props, lighting, catering, tours, and a myriad of other products and services to enhance the guest experience.  As hospitality alumni have honed their talents in employer corporations or started their own corporation, many employ other graduates and students.  Together they form a powerful network.

For complete info and RSVP, visit DCTC Hospitality – Celebrating 10 Years and More

Here’s a glimpse of our January, 2016 celebration . . .

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Contact Rosealee Lee to visit or ask questions on LinkedIn, by phone 952-454-1138, or via email at rosealee.lee@dctc.edu.

 

 

 

Of Legacies and Relationships: the Passing of Ed White

I just learned that Ed White passed away today. The hospitality industry is short one more thought leader. Losing two in the same week is unthinkable. I am comforted that as the newcomers to Heaven, Bill Ed whiteMorrissey and Ed White are planning a huge event for everyone there.  Details about Ed are not yet available so I will share them as a comment to this post when they are available.

Ed was internally renowned as a consummate hospitality professional.  He instructed and mentored me and his words of wisdom helped me greatly.  I know many of us have benefited from his experience  and insights. Ed was a consultant, trainer, meeting manager, and hotelier. There’s more to be read on his LinkedIn site.

Ed will be missed. At the risk of being redundant, let me ask you for the 2nd time this week to please join me in honoring the legacies of Bill and Ed by building relationships on which to grow the future of hospitality.