Who I am

Speaking, facilitating, teaching.

At my best, I do all three at once!


My key to success as a speaker is delivering practical, useful information in an interactive and humorous way.


"She was smart, funny, knowledgeable, and got down into deeper layers than most speakers do. I think our attendees who were young or older had big take aways. Book her again in the future!"

--MPI North Florida 2016


"Excellent speaker. Very interesting and engaging. The time flew by!"  --MPI Eastern Great Lakes 2017


"Tyra was great at really simplifying the complicated law practices in contracts." --Connect DC 2017 

Tyra Warner (formerly Tyra Hilliard), PhD, Esq, CMP is an attorney and professor whose expertise is in legal and crisis preparedness issues for the meetings, events, and hospitality industries.


Tyra 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.


Her 25+ year meetings industry career has included management roles in hotels, travel, destination marketing, associations, catering, law, and academia.  


Tyra was honored for professional achievement as an Educator by the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation and received national recognition for her contributions to best practices initiatives with the Convention Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International.  She was also honored by her peers and the (then) Convention Industry Council as a #CMP30 Influencer.


Tyra is one of only two people in the world who is a licensed attorney, has a PhD in Hospitality, and has a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional).