From Restaurants to Resorts, Discover a
Coach-Approach to Leading

Accelerate your potential through expertly designed coach education & training for hospitality leaders at every level
Our next Cohort begins April 3rd, 2024
Enrollment is closed for this Cohort. 
Invest in yourself and your team

Develop actionable insights and put them to work for you and your team from day one

In today's fast-paced and competitive world, it's more important than ever to consistently work on improving your skills and expanding your mindset.

Whether you're looking to advance your career, get better at leading your team, or simply improve your quality of life and work, developing new skills is key to achieving your goals.

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Our courses

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Some recent feedback from our student participants...

We are dedicated to growing a vibrant community of practice. Our Cohorts are a great place to make life changing connections!

“It was a great course with great instructors”

"I just wanted to let you know that it was a great course with great instructors. The program is great for molding and mentoring future leaders and for teaching us old dogs new tricks."
James Caswell
General Manager, Home Slice Pizzeria

“The Coach Approach Accelerator Series has been an incredible experience”

"[The course] provided me with a wealth of skills that have significantly enriched my coaching toolbox. The course lays a solid foundation for adopting a coach mindset, and I believe it holds the potential for impactful outcomes. [Instructor] guidance and insights have been invaluable throughout the journey. I have had the pleasure of recommending the Foundations course to our leadership team. I am confident that this course has the potential to make a lasting impact on our leadership team"
Amber Price
Training Manager,
Campus Dining
Vanderbilt University

“This Academy is an ideal choice to enhance leadership skills with a coaching-focused approach”

"I recently participated [in the accelerator course] and found it to be an incredibly rewarding experience. I highly recommend the City of Hospitality Academy to anyone seeking to develop themselves or teams into more effective, empathetic leaders in both their professional and personal lives."
Kyle LaCour
Director of Client Success

Interested in discovering more?

The Benefits of a Coach-Approach to Leading

Explore why a coach-approach to leading is powerful and relevant to future-ready job roles. Learn about the standards of ICF and why we choose to design all our programs around the ICF Core 8 Competencies of professional Coaching.

What the Course Experience is Like

With so many demands on your time, it can be hard to up-skill in a meaningful way. We give you as much hands-on experiential learning as we can squeeze into our short accelerators, so that you learn and practice at the same time. Learn how we do this.

Answers to Your Questions + Resources to Take With You

We know you will have questions that we might not have thought of, so this is your time to ask away! We are here to help you make an informed decision about joining us on an experiential skill-building journey. We can't wait to talk to you!

Meet the Co-Founders

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Elle Preston, PCC, DOE
City of Hospitality Academy Co-Founder

As lead instructor and mentor coach in our coach education and training programs, Elle is available to answer questions and help clarify what helps you choose if coach-approach training is best for you, your teams and your organization. Request more information for an opportunity to tap in to her experience and get clear on your future and possibilities.
  • 40 years of experience leading in the hospitality, consulting and coaching industries.
  • Multi-credentialed ICF professional certified coach, professional cognitive learning designer and behavioral specialist.
  • Coached thousands of one-to-one hours with hundreds of clients, including other professional coaches.
  • Passionate about coaching leaders at every level to
    live-into their career and life potential, discover and maximize their strengths and achieve life enhancing goals.
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Todd Tekiele, CEO and Founder City of Hospitality Group
and Academy Co-Founder

A respected thought-leader in coach-approach client/service-vendor partnership and accountability, Todd facilitates one-of-a-kind engaged-partnership alignment and professional development workshops in the education, corporate, healthcare, and travel and leisure segments specializing in the historically underrepresented foodservice and hospitality industry.
  • 35+ years of experience working with over 100 higher education institution clients, various foodservice management companies, dozens of high-profile corporations and K-12 schools.
  • BA in Hospitality Business, MS in Management, and a Master Certification in Applied Project Management.
  • Seasoned Keynote Speaker, graduate-level educator at Trine University and results-driven partnership management solutions consultant.
  • Having not missed a day since 2013 you’ll find Todd running for fun and relaxation, at least 1 mile a day. Despite his inspiring running streak, Todd will be the first to tell you that "my journey is just beginning!”

Frequently asked questions

Are your courses online?

Our courses are online hybrids - a mix of some live virtual (via-zoom) interactive classroom days and some deadline driven online coursework plus in-person or virtual practice that you complete in between class time on your own.

We do not currently offer in-person brick and mortar, face-to-face courses. Please let us know if you would like for us to consider this in the Michigan area. See each program page for a clear schedule and description of participation requirements.

Will I get a certificate for completing a course?

You will receive a certificate of achievement and a verifiable Credly digital badge issued by City of Hospitality Academy, once you complete all program requirements. Please see each course page to learn about other available certifications or CCE's.

What if I have more questions that are not answered here? 

Please, send your questions to or to the appropriate contacts listed on the program contacts page on the right, and we will respond as soon as possible.
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