Natasha Gittens to Lead Major Caribbean Hospitality Conference

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has appointed Natasha Gittens, Ph.D., CHE, director of the University of St. Martin’s School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning (SCELL) as a CHE® Master Trainer. As one of only 13 educators in the world to hold this position, Gittens will facilitate AHLEI’s Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®) workshops in the Caribbean and North America.

Natasha GittensGittens earned the CHE® last April along with other hospitality faculty members from the University of St. Martin on the island of Sint Maarten.  She was then selected for the CHE® Master Trainer mentorship program, adding another layer of expertise to her academic and professional credentials. Gittens holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in educational leadership with an emphasis on supervision, and doctorate in business management.  She has served as a project management consultant to businesses, corporations and hospitality organizations worldwide and has led adult education, training, and mentoring programs that have received national honors.

Gittens will lead a CHE® workshop in mid-September as part of a weeklong hospitality conference, “High Season 2016: Developing Professionals in the Caribbean,” presented by SCELL and key sponsor Windward Islands Bank, hosted by Divi Little Bay Beach Resort. The September 9-16 conference will feature more than 25 training sessions, ranging from team building and supervisory training to basic accounting for managers and public speaking.  There will also be a day-long workshop for AHLEI’s Guest Service Gold® program culminating with the Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) exam, presented by Erwin Wolthius, MA., CHE.

Gittens stated, “I am very proud of my appointment as a CHE® Master Trainer by AHLEI.  This appointment directly supports The University of St. Martin’s and SCELL’s goal to directly empower individuals to pursue higher education, AHLEI hospitality certifications, and professional development opportunities. The Get Ready for the High Season Conference 2016 is the vehicle we selected to provide thousands of diverse professionals with the opportunity achieve their personal goals. SCELL has received superior feedback on the event and looks forward to expediting it to a high level of service excellence. This event showcases that St. Maarten is taking the lead to improving tourism throughout the Caribbean.”

Complete information for registering for the High Season conference and enrolling in the CHE® or CGSP® certification workshops is available online at