2017 SPEAKERS

Lalia Rach

Founder and Partner Rach Enterprises
Board Member HSMAI, Member, ISHC, MPI

Lalia is a successful entrepreneur, educator and leader.  With a resume that blends education with an impressive professional background, Lalia’s approach to business issues is clearly defined.  Rather than rely on hype or hyperbole to generate commitment to change she establishes an environment of cooperation designed to achieve success through pragmatic examples and a forthright clarity that is refreshingly honest and useful.

In three decades, she has grown her company, Rach Enterprises, and now serves as a trusted advisor to senior level executives at many of America’s leading companies and is also a source of motivational inspiration to professionals searching for originality and reality.  A proven innovator, she specializes in assisting executives in advancing their leadership strategies and building effective and efficient teams.  Her genuine ideas and uncommon sense on issues of strategy and leadership produce insightful and distinctive thinking advancing the ability of emerging and established executives.

As a professional keynote speaker and experienced moderator, her messages stand above the rest for their relatable honesty and timely nature presented in a practical and entertaining manner.  Lalia guides her audience toward achievable success by creating and maintaining an atmosphere that supports creativity, flexibility, and measured risk tasking.  Her considerable knowledge and experience is evident whether she is working with one or a thousand professionals.  Her presentation style is engaging, thought provoking, and original.  As a moderator/facilitator, Lalia believes that a good conversation is based on asking interesting questions and then listening and responding to the answers. 

As a university educator, Lalia served as dean at several top hospitality and tourism programs.  At New York University her leadership ability resulted in the creation of one of the world’s most innovative graduate and undergraduate programs in the business of hospitality, sports, and tourism.  In her eighteen-year tenure as divisional dean and endowed professor at the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management she was responsible for the development of new curriculum including the first graduate concentration in hospitality revenue management, growth in enrollment from 19 students to more than 600, the establishment of a full-time faculty, and fund-raising resulting in the purchase of a home for the Center on the NYU campus.  She was responsible for increasing the stature and attendance at the industry’s premier conference (NYU Hospitality Investment and Development Conference) and for more than a decade opened the event by interviewing CEO’s from the global hotel industry.

Currently a full-time consultant, Lalia is focused on building her business and will continue to view each client as unique.  Her name is her brand as she delivers Genuine Ideas with Uncommon Sense to existing and new clients.