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STHM’s Executive in Residence Panel Showcases Three Pillars of Event Leadership in Philadelphia

On a recent November afternoon, the 27th Floor of Temple University’s Morgan Hall featured more than a breathtaking view—thanks to the Executive in Residence program at Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Three of Philadelphia’s leaders in tourism and hospitality visited campus to share insights on event leadership with an eager audience of students, faculty and professionals.

The panel was stacked with talent: Michael DelBene, president and CEO of Welcome America, Inc.; Jazelle Jones, deputy managing director of the City of Philadelphia Office of Special Events; and Kelvin Moore, general manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Moderator Lynnette Camacho—herself a leader in sport and tourism, having directed nine seasons of special events sales for the Philadelphia Eagles—set the stage for the instructive conversation. These professionals offered STHM’s undergraduate and graduate students wide-ranging perspectives on essential topics, from infrastructure and risk management to leveraging partnerships.

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