Alan Meltzer CEO Speaker Series Welcomes Leslie Hale, President and CEO of RLJ Lodging Trust

Join us for a fireside chat moderated by Kogod Dean David Marchick on March 19!

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in person and livestreamed
Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship, DMTI 219-221
3501 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
11 A.m.

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Leslie D. Hale is the President and Chief Executive Officer at RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ), a leading hotel real estate investment trust that owns 97 hotels with approximately 21,200 rooms across the United States. Since joining in 2005, Ms. Hale has played a pivotal role in setting and executing the strategic vision at RLJ and has held progressively senior roles – she was appointed to Chief Financial Officer in 2007, Chief Operating Officer in 2016, and Chief Executive Officer in 2018.

In addition, Ms. Hale helped successfully lead the execution of RLJ’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2011, oversaw the first merger of two hospitality REITs in 2017, and is on RLJ’s Board of Directors.


In addition to her work at RLJ, Ms. Hale currently serves on the Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), is a Howard University Trustee and is a Board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch. Other organizations in which she is a member are the MINA Advisory Board, NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, AHLA Executive Board, IREFAC, and The Real Estate Roundtable.

Before joining RLJ, Ms. Hale held senior positions at GE – working in GE’s Commercial Finance Mergers & Acquisitions Group and GE’s Real Estate Strategic Capital Group. Ms. Hale was also an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, advising on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance. Ms. Hale received her BBA summa cum laude from Howard University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Goldman Sachs and Toigo Fellow.