Brian Williams to Go 'Beyond the Boardroom' with Jonathan Tisch at 2009 NYU Hospitality Conference

Conference Runs May 31 – June 2, 2009 in NYC

NEW YORK, April 1, 2009 - In a reversal of roles, Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will be interviewed by Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and chief executive officer of Loews Hotels, at the 31st Annual NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Hosted by the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management and sponsored by leading hospitality organizations, the conference is the premier hospitality finance and development forum of its kind where global hotel CEOs, analysts, and other hospitality leaders gather to discuss current and future developments in the industry.  The full NYU conference program agenda is now available online.

On Tuesday, June 2, at The Waldorf=Astoria, conference chair Jonathan M. Tisch will address the impact of the volatile global economy on the lodging industry in his annual Beyond the Boardroom interview with NBC anchor Brian Williams. The chair is host of television’s Beyond the Boardroom with Jonathan Tisch, a series of one-on-one interviews with preeminent CEOs and business luminaries.

“Brian Williams is one of America’s most trusted voices in delivering the daily news and providing thoughtful analysis of global events. Having interviewed countless world leaders and policy makers, he has unusual insight and – in a rare role reversal – will share his views on the most pressing economic and political issues of our time,” says Lalia Rach, divisional dean and HVS International Chair of the NYU Tisch Center. 

The conference chair and executive planning committee have developed an extraordinary program agenda for the industry’s extraordinary times. The conference features general sessions, workshops, and networking that provide insight, dialogue, and opportunity for those in the hotel investment and finance industry. Graduate and undergraduate students pursuing industry degrees at the NYU Tisch Center receive academic scholarships thanks to the generosity of conference patrons and sponsors.

Registration for the conference is now open.  For more information, please visit or follow NYU on Twitter:

About the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference
Now in its 31st year, the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference ( is hosted by NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. The foremost annual gathering of hospitality business leaders, the conference gives attendees the chance to network, gauge trends, attend workshops and seminars, and make deals in a dynamic setting. The conference program, strategized by Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch and the Executive Planning Committee, is now available online. To stay up-to-date with conference news and information, follow NYU on Twitter:

About the Tisch Center and the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), offers undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in hospitality, tourism, and sports business and is host to the annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.  Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS is among the 15 colleges and schools that comprise New York University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States.  Through its faculty, curricula, and vibrant professional and academic networks, NYU-SCPS captures the expertise of key sectors where New York leads globally: Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Real Estate; Global Affairs; Philanthropy; Communications Media, Publishing, Design, and Digital Arts; Business, Marketing, and Finance; and the Liberal and Applied Arts, among others. Rigorous and timely programs in these and related areas attract undergraduate and graduate students immersed in university life, working professionals in 14 graduate degrees, and New Yorkers of all backgrounds enrolled in approximately 2,500 continuing education courses, certificate programs, conferences, and seminars annually. NYU-SCPS is widely considered to be the most complete example of NYU’s founding commitment to be “In and Of the City”—and “Of the World.”