OHLA Emerging Professionals
OHLA Emerging Professionals is a community open to industry professional members. Emerging Professionals offers resources, networking, and education designed to ensure young, emerging professionals have the career development opportunities to move up in the lodging industry. Our mission is to provide a community that supports emerging hotel & lodging industry professionals and cultivates the next generation of leaders.
Develop Your Craft
We strive to offer resources and build opportunities to hone the skills, knowledge and professional acumen of our emerging leaders.
Foster Discussion & Innovation
We cultivate an open space to discuss issues and developments that impact the travel and hospitality industry.
Grow Meaningful Relationships
We enable our members to grow meaningful connections through providing opportunities to engage in a social setting.
We build up our members to strengthen and uplift the next generation of leaders.
What does Emerging Professionals do for you?
- Provides education
- Leadership Skills
- Career Advancement
- Facilitates Networking Opportunities
- Third Thursday events with hotel & lodging industry
- Group outings to local attractions
- Giving Back Events
- Encourages Career Development
- Trainings & Certification Opportunities - Coming Soon!
- Educational Scholarships Available to you
- Fostering Connections
- Exclusive Facebook Group for EP Community Members to connect
- Buddy System – Never feel alone in attending events!
- Explores Mentorship
- Opportunities to connect with collegiate students
Must be a current OHLA member to be eligible. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Await confirmation of received form & welcome email
Events details subject to change. For most up-to-date information check OHLA's Full Calendar here.
February - Third Thursday Reception
August - Wellness Wednesday
March - Third Thursday Trivia Night
|September - Third Thursday Networking Breakfast
September 21, 2023
April - Executive Member Roundtable
October - Third Thursday Group Outing
May - Third Thursday Networking Reception
November - Third Thursday Volunteer Outing
June - Third Thursday Networking Coffee
November - OHLA Annual Conference
July - Third Thursday Networking Lunch
|December - Third Thursday Group Outing
Columbus Zoo - Zoo Lights
Bailey Laverty, Chair
Hi! I'm Bailey Laverty and I am a Catering Sales Manager at the Marriott Northwest in Dublin! I began my career in hospitality 5 years ago as a front desk agent at the Westin Downtown. I worked my way through the operations side of things, and eventually made it to my position today! I love hospitality because it gives me the chance to create exceptional, memorable experiences for people on a daily basis!
Sarah Weekman, Vice Chair
My name is Sarah and I am the Food & Beverage Supervisor at the Aloft Columbus University Hotel. I love hospitality because there are endless opportunities and something new happens every day!
Heaven Spurlock, Second Vice Chair
My name is Heaven Spurlock and I work as a Sales Manager at The Ohio State University’s on campus hotel, The Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center. I enjoy exploring the city and networking with my fellow OHLA EP members.
Lauren Butterfield, Committee Member
Lauren is a Dual Director of Sales and Marketing at the SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites Columbus Easton Area. As a seasoned hotel/hospitality professional in both operations and sales, she is proudly effective in capturing new business opportunities and building relationships with clientele.
Rachel Hissam, Committee Member
Rachel is the Sales Administrator for Visit Cincy, representing the Cincinnati Region of Ohio. She specializes in executive business management, with her strength in navigating complex initiatives and assessing cross-functional impact while ensuring agility. In her time out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and exploring the city!
Thomas Mount, Committee Member
Thomas works Night Audit at the Blackwell. He is currently Junior in school at Ohio State and studying Hospitality Management.
Rosalyn Ransaw, Committee Member
Rosalyn Ransaw is a Digital Marketing Manager at Red Roof, specializing in paid media and social media content strategy. She has a B.A. from Columbia University in Political Science and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she is a children’s author, avid reader and social media addict.
Interested in getting more involved? The Emerging Professionals Committee wants YOU!
We are looking for individuals who want to get involved on a deeper level with OHLA and who have a passion for developing meeting content, helping others climb the ladder, and offer their skills & knowledge to be a part of the Emerging Professionals Committee. If you are interested email, intent of participation to email@example.com. Interested parties will be reviewed by the existing committee before decision is made.
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