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Tyra Hilliard, PhD, Esq, CMP

Tyra Hilliard is an attorney and professor whose expertise is in legal and crisis preparedness issues for the meetings, events, and hospitality industries.

Hilliard teaches hospitality and business courses at the College of Coastal Georgia. She is published and widely quoted on legal and crisis management issues in academic and trade publications.

Honored for professional achievement as an Educator by the Professional Convention Management Association, Hilliard has also received national recognition for her contributions to best practices initiatives with the Events Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International.

Her 25-year meetings industry career has included management roles in hotels, travel, destination marketing, associations, catering, law, and academia. She is one of only two people in the world who is a practicing attorney, has a Ph.D. in Hospitality, and has earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.