Tyra Hilliard is an attorney, professor, and speaker. In addition to sharing her knowledge on legal issues and crisis preparedness with the meetings and hospitality industries, Tyra is on the faculty of the College of Coastal Georgia where she teaches courses in business, hospitality, and event management. The co-author of a book on Event Project Management, Tyra is published and widely quoted on legal and crisis management issues in academic and industry publications. She has been honored for professional achievement as an Educator by the Professional Convention Management Association and received national recognition for her contributions to best practices initiatives with the Convention Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International. Her nomadic career has included management roles in hotels, travel, meetings and events, law, catering, and academia. She is one of only two people in the world to be a practicing attorney, have a PhD in Hospitality, and a CMP.