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With over 25 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry, Oren Hertz, PhD holds an outstanding track record in a variety of leadership positions in restaurant food & beverage, on premise and off premise catering, hotel rooms division, and private clubs. Additionally, Oren is experienced in managing accounting and human resources in hospitality operations. Oren is a professor of hospitality management at a distinguished Tier 1 research state university in Florida and is deeply involved in research and concept development of teaching methodologies and cultivating a successful learning environment.

Oren earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL and appreciates the tropical climate.

PRESENTATION: The Teacher Within Us: A Journey of Self Discovery

Discover or re-discover your love for teaching. Why do we teach, and how can we better connect with our students? A different way of thinking.

Why do we teach, and can we improve upon our teaching methodologies? How can we better connect with our students? This session invites you to join me on a journey of self-discovery in order to identify the key factors that drive us to do well by our students. Since learning does not just happen on its own, we realize that we are an important piece of the puzzle and our role as professors can be improved if we first look inwards. A new teaching model will be shared, as well as ideas on how to make our learning environment a desired space for everyone.

Session Objectives: After this session, participants will have gained:

(1) Ideas on how to connect with students in order to cultivate a successful learning environment;

(2) A deep understanding and discovery of why we teach; and

(3) An introduction to a new teaching model.

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