NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Go ‘Beyond the Boardroom’ with Jonathan Tisch at 2013 NYU Hospitality Conference

Bob Woodruff, ABC News Correspondent, to Deliver Luncheon Address

NEW YORK, April 1, 2013 – National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell and ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff will be two of many featured speakers and panelists at the 35th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference ( Hosted by the NYU-SCPS 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


ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff will be introduced by Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels and co-chairman of the Board and Office of the President of Loews Corporation, at the conference luncheon taking place on Monday, June 3. Woodruff, a critically acclaimed, award-winning journalist, has reported major headlines from around the globe. Woodruff, who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq in 2006, chronicled his traumatic brain injury, his painstaking recovery, and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries in an ABC News hour-long, primetime documentary, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports," just 13 months after being wounded. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and received a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.


On Tuesday June 4, Conference Chair Tisch will sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in his annual “Beyond the Boardroom” interview. Goodell, who is the eighth chief executive in the NFL’s 94-year history, has focused his priorities on successfully growing the NFL’s popularity and strengthening the game and all 32 NFL franchises through innovation. Since taking office in September 2006, Goodell has strengthened the league’s anti-steroids policy, launched innovative media initiatives and a new series of international regular-season games, improved the NFL’s news media access policies to better serve fan interest, and revamped and enhanced the league’s programs to support and assist current and former players in their lives off the field.

“We are honored to have these two truly special individuals share their experiences, insights, and perspectives with the attendees at this year’s NYU Hospitality Conference,” said Bjorn Hanson, Ph.D., divisional dean of the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center. “Under Roger’s leadership, fan interest in the NFL has soared, including the largest television audiences in league history and development of growth in online and social media engagement. Bob Woodruff is one of the most highly respected journalists and a Peabody Award winner. Both Roger and Bob will be exceptional additions to the Conference.”

The NYU Hospitality Conference will be held June 2-4, 2013 at The New York Marriott Marquis and will feature general sessions, workshops, and networking events to provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities. Graduate and undergraduate students pursuing industry degrees at the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center receive academic scholarships due to the generosity of Conference patrons and sponsors.

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