HOPE Giving Circle Women In Hospitality

Forty-five guests gathered on February 28th  for the HOPE Giving Circle Women in Hospitality Reception and Program. Guest speaker, Karen McGuigan, General Manager of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, shared her career journey from front desk clerk to the top role at a major hotel.  Karen also highlighted opportunities for women in the hospitality industry. Students and faculty members from Harper’s Hospitality program were among the guests at the event.

  • Karen McGuigan and Dr. Mary Beth Ottinger,

    Karen McGuigan and Dr. Mary Beth Ottinger, - Guest speaker, Karen McGuigan (left) with Dr. Mary Beth Ottinger, Dean of Career and Technical Programs at Harper College.

  • Meet and Greet

    Meet and Greet - Guests enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet before the program begins.

  • Members from Harper ‘s Hospitality Program

    Members from Harper ‘s Hospitality Program - Dr. Mary Beth Ottinger, Dean of Career and Technical Programs at Harper College (second from right), with students and faculty members from Harper ‘s Hospitality Program.

  • hospitality students and faculty members

    hospitality students and faculty members - Guest speaker, Karen McGuigan (4th from left) with Harper hospitality students and faculty members.

  • Guests meet and greet

    Guests meet and greet - Guests enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet before the program begins.

  • Karen McGuigan chatting

    Karen McGuigan chatting - Karen McGuigan (left) chats with HOPE Giving Circle members before the program begins.

  • Event guests speaking with each other

    Event guests speaking with each other - Guests enjoy good company and conversation before the program begins.

  • Kayla Karbowski

    Kayla Karbowski - HOPE Scholarship Recipient, Kayla Karbowski, attends the event.

  • Kayla Karbowski and Linda Kolbusz-Kosa

    Kayla Karbowski and Linda Kolbusz-Kosa - Kayla Karbowski (right) and HOPE mentor, Linda Kolbusz-Kosan share an update on the mentoring component of the HOPE Giving Circle program.

  • HOPE Scholarship Recipient Kayla Karbowski

    HOPE Scholarship Recipient Kayla Karbowski - HOPE Scholarship Recipient Kayla Karbowski shares an update on her academic progress and acceptance to Illinois State University in the fall of 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in special education.

  • Guest speaker Karen McGuigan

    Guest speaker Karen McGuigan - Karen McGuigan, General Manager of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, is the special guest speaker for the evening.

  • Guest speaker Karen McGuigan - 2

    Guest speaker Karen McGuigan - 2 - Guest speaker Karen McGuigan engages the audience as she shares her career journey from front desk clerk to the top role at a major hotel.

  • Attendees ask questions

    Attendees ask questions - Attendees ask questions of guest speaker, Karen McGuigan, during the program.

  • Robin Turpin Speaking

    Robin Turpin Speaking - HOPE Executive Committee member and Harper College Educational Foundation Board Member, Robin Turpin, invites attendees to make a difference in the lives of women pursuing higher education at Harper College by becoming a member of the HOPE Giving Circle.