Speaker, Attorney, & Professor


Law & Liability

Crisis & Emergency Preparedness

Meetings, Events, & Hospitality

Tyra in the News

Coronavirus Cancellation & Attrition Must-Knows 

Podcast (22:39) & Article 


March 2020

Nine Active Shooter Risk Management Tips--and a Video That May Save Your Life


June 2019

2018 Meetings Trendsetters: 20 Industry Agents of Change


July 2018

Hotel Tech Trends: Revolutionizing the Guest Experience (quoted)

Corporate & Incentive Travel

June 1, 2018

Degree v. Certification: What is Best? 

Plan Your Meetings @ Meeting Professionals International,

May 21, 2018

Emergency Preparedness for Meetings (w/Amy Zellmer)

Meetings & Conventions,

October 1, 2017

Lawyerly Advice on Hurricane Harvey

MeetingsToday, August 2017

Food Allergies & the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended)

HotelExecutive, December 2016

Fees & Surcharges--disclose, disclose, disclose

(Guest Blog)

Plan Your Meetings, August 1, 2016

Discriminatory Laws & Meetings: You Shouldn't Have to Play With People Who Bite (Guest Blog)

Plan Your Meetings, May 3, 2016


Tyra Hilliard--Drinking Turkish Tea, English Style

MeetingsPodcast, April 12, 2016


Tyra Hilliard: Mentor, Hero, & Educator

MeetGreen, January 8, 2016

A Little About Me

I have spent nearly 30 years in the hospitality and meetings industries as a  meeting planner, an association executive, a convention and visitors bureau representative, a hotel catering sales manager, a lawyer, and a professor. My greatest passion is tackling the tough issues in a practical (and often humorous) way that makes them manageable for everyday business. 


I am, at heart, an educator.  I used to have an active law practice representing meeting and event professionals but found that I have more of a heart for explaining the law than for actually practicing it, so I honor that by teaching hospitality and business law and crisis management at the College of Coastal Georgia and speaking and training industry groups. For more about me, see Who I Am.


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