33rd NSMH National Conference & Career Fair Schedule

Check out the Program Schedule for the
33rd NSMH National Conference & Career Fair!

Here’s a quick preview of the National Conference & Career Fair schedule. The National Board looks forward to your participation in #NSMH33!

Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Saturday, October 15, 2022
“We Are Family: Reconnecting NSMH Across the Nation”

Florida International University
Biscayne Campus

3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181

Thursday, October 13, 2022 

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Pre-Conference Event: Industry Tours Available - Buses will depart from Kovens Center on the FIU Biscayne Campus at 12:00 pm. Pre-registration is needed. (Students Sign Up Here)

  • EPIC Hotel Miami (Downtown Miami)
  • Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale
  • Conrad Hilton Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Pre-Conference Event: Resume Review Session - Kovens Center 122 (Students Sign Up Here)

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Pre-Conference Event: Mock Interviews - Kovens Center 128 (Students Sign up Here)

1:30 pm – 2:30pm | Board of Industry Affiliates (BIA) Meeting - Kovens Center 115 (By Invitation Only)

3:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Individual Registration - Wolfe University Center Foyer

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Chapter Scrapbook and Chapter Exhibit Set-up - Wolfe University Center Foyer

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm | First-time Attendees Session - Wolfe University Center Ballroom

(please have one representative to check-in for the entire chapter)

7:00 pm | Opening Session Doors Open - Wolfe University Center, Mary Ann Wolfe Theater

7:15 pm – 8:00 pm | Conference Opening Session - Wolfe University Center, Mary Ann Wolfe Theater - Show us your school spirit! Rep your school with your apparel.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Welcome Reception -

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm | Musical Game Night: East Coast vs West Coast - Wolfe University Center Ballroom - Come to rep your school and region. Wear your school spirit attire! #SQUAD

Friday, October 14, 2022

7:00 am – 4:00 pm | Conference Registration (closed during lunch from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm) - Kovens Event Center Foyer

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Breakfast - Kovens Event Center Ballroom

9:15 am – 10:00 am | Breakout Session I

Session A: What is NSMH? - Kovens Center 114
The mission and vision is the heart of NSMH. This is workshop is focused around learning the mission & vision and developing an individualized meaning that will foster a greater understanding & love of NSMH. NSMH is dedicated to developing leaders. Come learn about how to get the most out of your NSMH experience.

Session B: Make It Happen, Captain - Kovens Center 114

You’ve crossed the stage, the diploma is now framed, and you’re entering this new adult world where everyone is learning your name. In this new professional setting, how can you make sure you stand out and receive recognition for the right reasons? How can you lead a team of all ages while figuring out how to motivate yourself?  Our panel of industry professionals will offer their insight on how you can find your footing, make the right connections, and launch an outstanding career. 

Session C: Here’s What’s Trending - Kovens Center 117

We’re back in person and demand has returned!  How is the industry leveraging the learnings from the global pandemic?  How have guest expectations changed?  What are the spaces seeing the most innovation? Are QR codes here to stay?  From gluten free to destination fees, let’s deep dive into the actions companies are taking to secure market share, personalize guest experiences, and move the industry forward. 

10:15 am – 11:00 am | Breakout Session II

Session A: Inclusion for All - Kovens Center 114
Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront more than ever.  Inclusion conversations are happening in the workplace, guests and employees are even more socially aware.  How can you be socially conscious and employed? How are companies today evolving and ensuring a culture of acceptance and belonging? Join us as we discuss the importance of honoring diversity and finding commonalities within our differences.

Session B: Leveling Up: The Pursuit of Graduate Education - Kovens Center 117

Now that you’ve graduated from college, when is the right time to continue your education? Should you pursue an advanced degree in hospitality?  Does it make sense to have an undergraduate and advanced degree from the same university?  A mixed panel of industry and academic professionals will lead a lively discussion on the value of furthering your education and how you can take charge of your own professional development.

Session C: Road to Success: A Journey with a Destination - Kovens Center 120

Determining a career path can often pose a challenge. Given how similar companies may appear, how do you choose the right one?  What are the internships and professional experiences that will help students prepare for movement into leadership roles?  How crucial are mentors and how do you find one?  Our accomplished industry leaders will answer these questions and more! 

11:15 am – 12:00 pm | Breakout Session III

Session A: Focus on Your First Year - Kovens Center 114

Finally! A fresh start! New people, new environment, new goals, and new opportunities. As a first-year student, this is your chance to build your foundation and create the path to your career. Join this session to learn about the soft skills and experiences needed to help you shine professionally as you embark on your new journey.

Session B: A Standout Second Year - Kovens Center 115

Whewwww! You have made it past your first year! You may have even declared your major or decided on a minor, but how do you ensure that you’re on the right path?  What are reasonable professional goals for this year?  Come hear what’s next from industry experts who’ve been there and want to ensure you learn from their experiences!

Session C: It’s Year Three for Me - Kovens Center 117

The first and second years are behind you and graduation is just ahead!  Join us in this session to discuss this critical year for internships, narrowing your career field interests, and exploring opportunities that will help you develop your leadership style and support your professional growth.

Session D: Four or More…Out the Door - Kovens Center 120                                                       

You’re wrapping up your campus career and about to enter the “real world”!  The possibility of relocation, the joys and stress of multiple offers….it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Come engage in a discussion on how to be prepared for the big transition and be your best self after graduation.

11:15am – 12:00 pm | Chapter Advisors Meeting - Kovens Center 122

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch (On Your Own)

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm | | Industry Partner-Platinum and Industry Partner Breakout Sessions

            Session A: Disney Programs - Kovens Center 114

            Session B: Hilton - Kovens Center 115

            Session C: Aramark - Kovens Center 117

            Session D: HVS - Kovens Center 120

2:40 pm – 3:25 pm | | Industry Partner-Platinum and Industry Partner Breakout Sessions

            Session A: Hyatt - Kovens Center 114

            Session B: Accor - Kovens Center 115

            Session C: Compass Group - Kovens Center 117

            Session D: Four Seasons - Kovens Center 120

3:35 pm – 4:20 pm | Breakout Sessions IV

Session A: Ready, Set, Pitch - Kovens Center 114

This is your moment, your time is here, you’re working towards that internship or the first step in your career.  How can you pitch yourself and make the best first impression?  Does your presence on social media still matter? What are the do’s and don’ts of professional interactions?  Hear directly from our industry experts on what it takes to set yourself apart, stand out in their inbox, and make an impression strong enough to advance you from application to hired.

Session B: The World is Your Playground - Kovens Center 117

The opportunity to work in a different country and immerse yourself in a different culture is appealing to many, but how do you bring this dream to reality?  What are the opportunities and obstacles that stand between you and living abroad?  Join us in discussing the challenge of work authorization, visa restrictions, and the factors you should consider before purchasing a one-way flight and starting your new life in a different part of the world.   

Session C: I’m Every Woman: Women in Leadership Today - Kovens Center 120

Within the United States, although women make up over 50% of the workforce, studies show that only 35% of them are senior leaders.  For women of color, the representation is even less. In this session, our inspiring panel of women will share their career progression, how they are removing roadblocks, advocating for themselves, and leveraging male allies along the way. 

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Glow with the Flow (Neon Dance Event) - Wolfe Event Center Ballroom

Saturday, October 15, 2022 

7:00 am – 4:00 pm | Conference Registration - Kovens Event Center Foyer

7:00 am – 8:45 am | Career Fair Setup (for sponsors and exhibitors) - Kovens Event Center Ballroom

8:30 am – 12:00 pm | Interviews (scheduled by participating companies)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Career Fair - Kovens Event Center Ballroom

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Boxed Lunches Available for Students (available for pick up) - Kovens Event Center Foyer

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch for Corporate Exhibitors & NSMH National Board - Kovens Center 114

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Interviews (scheduled by participating companies)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Career Fair - Kovens Event Center Ballroom

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Career Fair Breakdown (for exhibitors) - Kovens Event Center Ballroom

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Chapter Presidents Celebration Toast - Kovens Event Center 

7:00 pm | Awards Celebration Doors Open - Wolfe University Center Ballroom

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Awards Dinner Celebration - Wolfe University Center Ballroom
Break out your finest semi-formal attire for the annual NSMH Awards Celebration. This will be a great time to connect with old and new friends as we celebrate our scholarship winners and recognize our chapters. Be sure to pack your gala-worthy attire for this special night event!

10:00 pm – 12:00am | After Awards Celebration Event - Wolfe University Room 221 & 223


Stay tuned for continuous updates! Feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions.


*The schedule is subject to change.