Roger Dow ’09 Hon., president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Travel Association, is speaking at each Johnson & Wales University campus over the next year as fifth holder of the William R. Tiefel Professorial Chair. As industry leaders, honorees speak to hospitality students, adding insight and professional perspective to classroom learning. In his presentation to students at the Providence Campus in January, Dow touched on the harsh realities of today’s economic climate. He also offered hope despite a gloomy job forecast. Dow told students that with a rising unemployment rate and travel to the U.S. down 3.5 percent in 2007 from the mid-1990s, they are in for a challenge. But he added that hospitality is one industry in which skills are valued and transferable almost anywhere in the world. Then he gave the students some advice:
For more of Dow's practical advice, watch his conversation with Dean Richard Brush in its entirety.