Debra Cannon

Company: Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality, Georgia State University

Position: Director


Debra Cannon is the Director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. In this role since 2001, Cannon has been on the faculty at Georgia State since 1991. Prior to this, she worked for Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and Hyatt Hotels in human resource leadership positions.



Hospitality Human Resources, Organizational Culture, and Employee Engagement; Certified facilitator with the Herrmann Brain Dominance Inventory; Certified facilitator with Lumina Personality and Leadership Styles

Professional Memberships

Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Committee and Industry Board; Les Dames d'Escoffier International Atlanta

Articles and Publications

“A Look at How Hoteliers are Managing Their Employees.” HotelNews Online, July 11, 2019; Quoted extensively. “What Hoteliers Need to Know About Salary Inquiry Bans.” HotelNews Online, May 28, 2019; Quoted extensively. “Three Common HR Mistakes in the Hotel Industry.” HotelNews Online, January 25, 2019; Quoted extensively.


Ph.D., Human Resources Development Georgia State University

Past Experience

Property and corporate-level Human Resource positions with Hyatt Hotels and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company