Master of Professional Studies in Hospitality Management
|Hospitality Program Hosts Summer Rooftop Soirée at the Marriott Marquis
On July 10, 2014, hospitality professionals and prospective graduate students joined Executive Director Gray Shealy of Georgetown’s Master’s in Hospitality Management program for a rooftop event to celebrate the opening of Washington, D.C.’s newest hotel: the Marriott Marquis.
“We wanted to welcome the new Marriott Marquis to the neighborhood,” explains Shealy. “With the addition of D.C.’s largest hotel and D.C.’s only graduate-level hospitality program, downtown Washington is becoming a hospitality powerhouse.”An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look
Georgetown’s Master of Professional Studies in Hospitality Management program organized this Soirée, the first-ever rooftop event held at the new Marriott, to provide attendees with more information about the new program, which will launch this fall, as well as give them an exclusive industry perspective on the new hotel.
Located just down the street from the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, the Marriott Marquis is now Washington, D.C.’s largest hotel, boasting 1,175 rooms and a prime position directly adjoined to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The rooftop lounge space provides a bird’s eye view of the bustling Penn Quarter.
“Spending an evening on a hotel rooftop is an emerging summer trend for city dwellers in places like New York and Washington,” says Shealy. “We wanted this event to be festive and hospitable while giving attendees opportunities to tour Marriott’s new flagship hotel and network with other industry leaders. This was a preview into the types of activities that Georgetown will offer graduate students.”
The event drew a diverse crowd of individuals, representing a broad range of backgrounds, specialties, and experience levels. Attendees included prospective students, hotel staff, event planners, restaurant operators, marketing professionals, and executives from across the industry.
The event kicked off on the Marquis’ rooftop terrace, where guests mingled and enjoyed spectacular city views while sampling signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. When thunderclouds rolled in, guests moved inside to the atrium mezzanine, which boasts equally stunning views of the hotel’s expansive lobby and design.The Collaborative Hub
Shealy delivered a brief presentation to highlight features of Georgetown’s newest Master’s program, its convenience for working professionals, and his vision for the Collaborative Hub.
“We wanted this event to serve as a preview of Georgetown's Collaborative Hub for Hospitality, an event series our program is launching this fall,” explains Shealy. “The Collaborative Hub aims to advance innovation and dialogue in the industry. We have assembled a great team of collaborators as well as valuable resources. We are excited to show our prospective students an example of how these partnerships will work.”Insights from the Marriott Marquis General Manager
Marriott Marquis General Manager Daniel Nadeau, the event’s featured speaker, detailed the extensive development, planning, and construction process that went into the 12-year project. Nadeau also expressed his enthusiasm for partnering with Georgetown’s hospitality program moving forward.
After the presentations, the hotel's executive staff took guests on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel, including its meeting rooms, restaurants, and underground concourse.
Check out photos from the event below.