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North East North American Federation


Jennifer Forney
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Together we are BETTER, Together we are HOSPITALITY STRONG!

As we end the semester, my thoughts are with each of you as we were forced to change our way of teaching, unable to say goodbye to our students and unable to celebrate our seniors. However we are Hospitality and we are STRONG.  I know we all rose above to provide unique and exceptional experiences for our students and our colleagues. A wonderful example that I have seen as a result of this global pandemic is our industry, academic and professional, has come together in unique ways to provide support and information, which reinforces, we are Hospitality STRONG.

With collaboration, came disappointment. It saddens me and the entire NENA Board that we were unable to meet for our Annual Spring Conference in March at West Virginia University. Thank you to Ajay Aluri and our Conference Planning committee for all their hard work.  Thank you to all the members who submitted research.  

With the uncertainty of the fall semester and travel budgets we have decided to hold a virtual conference in March 2021. We are looking for members, outside our board members, to serve on the planning committee, if you are interested please contact our Vice President, Theresa Lind at or Tony Kim, incoming Director of Conferences & Events, at Once the committee is assembled, there will be additional details regarding conference format, registration, and topic presentations. Although it’s not the way we usually connect with our members, the goal is offer an exceptional experience with the opportunity to support our colleagues, share ideas, educate, and network.

In a remote environment, members have stepped up to share their expertise on creatively structuring summer internships, hosting guest speakers via WebEx, and developing partnerships with high schools. Thank you to David Schweiger, Northampton Community College, Kirsten Tripodi, Sacred Heart University, and Damien Duchamp, St. Joe’s College for hosting these interactive sessions and keeping our members connected.  

If you missed these sessions, we will be providing a link with all recordings and session notes. If you are interested in hosting a session for our NENA members, please email me at or fill out your information sheet!

Members can also find other informative webinars on the ICHRIE website.  Click here for more information.

I am sure you all have received the information that the ICHRIE Summer Conference in Phoenix is postponed until 2023. With this information, that means we are going to go virtual for our Federation meeting so we can collaborate and celebrate the “passing of the pineapple.” More details will be forthcoming as we decide on the best virtual platform and timeframe.

In these unique, fluid, and uncertain times, I am both humbled and inspired by the hospitality industry and our ability to rise up and share the “pineapple passion.” These examples remind me that I have best job in the best field EVER!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me a  or any other member of the board to share your ideas, concerns, or to get involved!

Interested in serving on the NENA Board of Directors next year?  Contact me for open positions and more details!

In Hospitality,
Jennifer Forney


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