Spring 2020 FEATURED STUDENT SPEAKERS
February 20, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Our Career Fair luncheons have traditionally featured a keynote speaker who imparts career insight and “how to succeed” advice to our students. This semester – in an effort to create more networking opportunities among students, recruiters, faculty and staff – we are trying something a little different during our Spring Career Fair Luncheon! Instead of a keynote speaker, we are featuring just three of our stellar students who will share their stories and introduce special guests. This will allow our job-seeking soon-to-be graduates to keep mixing, mingling and table hopping, as well as to provide more coveted networking time for our recruiters and faculty. We’ll also be assigning tables to create new connections for everyone.
Meet the students who will take the stage during our spring luncheon –
Alexsandra Macias is a Dean's List honor student graduating in May 2020. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has been actively involved in Hilton College’s student organizations and has held such leadership positions as communications chair for the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality – Cougar Chapter, and president of the Conrad N. Hilton College Ambassadors. Currently, Alexsandra serves as treasurer for the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society. To gain industry experience, she has completed a variety of internships that include a rotational pool intern at Omni Hotels and Resorts; a finance and customer service intern at Spectrum, Catering, Concessions & Events; and a business development intern at Hilton Worldwide. Today, she holds a human resources internship at Chartwells Higher Ed. Upon graduation, Alexsandra plans to work for Hilton as an HRCC ResMax Global Support Specialist and partner with hotels throughout the Americas.
Natalia Llanos Lopez is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Master of Science in Hospitality Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. Her research interests center around diversity and inclusion in the industry. Since arriving in Houston from Peru in 2018, Natalia has found Hilton College to be a second home and has carved out a niche for herself as a graduate assistant working in the Career Development office. Her industry experience includes internships with The Walt Disney World in Entertainment, Swissôtel in the Rooms Division, and the Golden Nugget Las Vegas in Human Resources. After graduation, Natalia will fulfill her OPT (Optional Practical Training) year with more industry experience in HR. Her long-term plans include pursuing a Ph.D. and, ultimately, a career in academia.
Chelsea Lawson is a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Finance. She has more than four years of professional experience in the lodging industry. Most recently, Chelsea worked with Marriott International as a Global Operations analyst, where she worked on a variety of global initiative launches for the 2019 Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Program. On campus, she is the president of Hilton College’s National Society of Minorities in Hospitality – Cougar Chapter. In 2019, Chelsea was crowned the University of Houston's homecoming queen. She has also been recognized by leading global institutions, such as Hyatt Hotels Corporation, the Executive Leadership Council, Hospitality Leaders Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. She one day aspires to own hotels, which will allow her to create a pathway for women to gain knowledge on hotel ownership.