Speaking Engagements

Central to our business philosophy at USHG is the question: “Whoever wrote the rule?” Our innovative spirit has taken us to new frontiers that transcend the restaurant industry, including hiring practices, workplace culture, guest experience, and leadership. We draw on our experience as innovators in the hospitality industry to extend what we’ve learned beyond the walls of our own company.


Union Square Hospitality Group executives enjoy addressing Fortune 500 companies, trade organizations, non-profits, universities, and other audiences on a range of topics. Our speakers have addressed groups from a variety of industries beyond hospitality, including education, retail, hospitals and healthcare, finance, and more.


To learn more about inviting one of the below speakers to participate in your next event, please contact Helen Goodman, hgoodman@ushgnyc.com

USHG Speakers

Richard Coraine

Richard Coraine
CHIEF OF STAFF - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTING

As USHG’s leader of New Business Development and Consulting, Richard oversees the conception, incubation, and development of new ventures within the company. Having led the business development processes of some of USHG’s most notable and successful innovations, Richard addresses audiences on business concept development, new venture criteria, and restaurant design.

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Danny Meyer

Danny Meyer
Founder & CEO

Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Marta, Porchlight, GreenRiver, Daily Provisions, and Union Square Events. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and in 2015, Danny was named to the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life. An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives including City Harvest, God’s Love We Deliver, and the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

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Erin Moran

Erin Moran
Chief Culture Officer

Erin is USHG’s first-ever Chief Culture Officer, drawing on over a decade of organizational consulting experience to strengthen and grow USHG’s employee experience and culture of Enlightened Hospitality. An experienced speaker and panel participant, Erin enjoys addressing audiences from a wide range of industries on organizational health, workplace culture, and the central role that trust plays in sustaining great workplaces.

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John Ragan

John Ragan
Senior Director of Operations

A certified Master Sommelier and celebrated industry educator, John has directed award-winning wine programs at acclaimed restaurants in Napa, San Francisco, and New York City, and conducts private classes, presentations, and tastings for corporate audiences, educational groups, leadership summits, and more

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Sabato Sagaria

Sabato Sagaria
Chief Restaurant Officer

Sabato ensures that USHG’s family of award-winning restaurants has the strongest possible tools to achieve continuous operational improvement and growth in alignment with USHG’s culture of Enlightened Hospitality. A certified Master Sommelier and seasoned restaurant professional, Sabato enjoys sharing his expertise in concept development and restaurant operations and management.

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Susan Salgado

Susan Salgado

Susan holds a Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Behavior, and is the founder of USHG’s Hospitality Quotient, an organizational consulting firm. She enjoys addressing audiences from a wide range of industries on the power of hospitality as a sustainable competitive advantage. Susan’s previous engagements have included Citibank, TEDxBroadway, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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