Industry Leaders' Ideas Sought for Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Career and Technical Education Summer Institute at Stockton

For Immediate Release


Contact:         Maryjane Briant
                        News and Media Relations Director
Galloway, N.J. 08205
                        (609) 652-4593

Galloway, N.J. – Thought leaders, industry experts and innovators - the 2017 Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Career and Technical Education Summer Institute is your opportunity to present ideas, share new perspectives and showcase your knowledge before an audience of 9th-12th grade career and technical education professionals.

The Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network is seeking presenters to participate in the Summer Institute taking place at Stockton University’s Campus Center on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

To be considered to participate as a presenter, please submit proposals meeting the below criteria to Stacy Forman, director of the Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network, by Monday, May 1, via email at Additional requirements and details are listed below.

The event will feature workshops designed to engage high school educators in the use of experiential and interactive teaching techniques in the classroom and across their academic and professional careers. The content and instruction of these workshops will focus on research-based industry standards popular in today’s retail, hospitality and tourism sector. Discussion topics will include career assessments, current and emerging industry trends to follow, and innovative instructional techniques and tools.

The 2017 Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Career and Technical Education Summer Institute is being sponsored by the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network, New Jersey Department of Education, the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Stockton University, and Southern Regional Institute & Educational Technology Training Center.                  

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Proposals are solicited for 60-minute to 90-minute presentations that are hands on, interactive, creative, dynamic, and feature best practices in the industry. The presentation timeframe will include introductions, presentation material, a question and answer session, and evaluation. Attendees should leave with specific knowledge and skills about various aspects of the topic and how to infuse said topics into curriculum development and classroom implementation. Presentations should provide attendees with educational value and refrain from promoting a specific business, product, or service.

Submission Details
Presentation proposals of no more than three (3) pages must be submitted to Stacy Forman, Director of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network by May 1, via email at All submitters will be notified of acceptance via email by May 12.  A complete Power Point, list of technology needs and brief biography (maximum 100 words) of the presenter must be submitted by June 9. Biographies are requested to provide the organization with an overview of each presenter’s career achievement and other major accomplishments.

Suggested Topics
Agri-Tourism, Eco-Tourism and Geo-Tourism
Driving Capacity: How to Build Private Sector Partnerships
Emerging Culinary Techniques & Working in a Commercial Kitchen
Hospitality Landscape
Industry Crosswalks
Industry Entrepreneurship
Industry Professional Skills
Industry Trends & Innovations
Industry-Based Career Assessments
Industry-Based Resume Development
Mobile-Enabled Front Desk Management
New Jersey Tourism (Wine Trails)
Point of Sale & Reservation Industry Technologies
Selling Tips & Techniques for Luxury Retailers
Social Media/Marketing to Increase Visibility
Tourism Planning & Marketing

**The above lists suggested topics. If you have an industry topic that is within the areas of focus but is not listed above, we encourage you to submit your idea.

Workshop Formats
A variety of workshop presentation formats are desirable at the Summer Institute and may include interactive hands-on learning, lecture format, panel presentations, or roundtable discussions. Handouts may be distributed, depending on the complexity of the topic. Presenters are responsible for providing copies of workshop handouts. Workshops will be held throughout the University’s Campus Center in classrooms and meeting rooms. These all have electronic podiums with a computer/projection system. Computer labs and/or laptops and iPads will be provided for presentations if necessary. Please give advanced notice of any technology needs.

About the Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network South

The Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Talent Network South (RHTTN South) is a nonprofit organization charged with gathering industry intelligence on workforce challenges to develop strategies to strengthen the workforce in New Jersey. RHTTN South is led by Stockton University in the southern part of the st