1. IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU BE? On a deserted stretch of beach in Aruba, relaxing in a lounge chair next to my husband.

  2. WHAT'S SPINNING ON YOUR CD PLAYER? Two different Josh Groban CDs: “Josh Groban” and “Closer.” He has the most beautiful voice. I have a terrible crush on him.

  3. IT'S TIME FOR A SECOND CAREER. WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE? I think I've already blown past my second career (and maybe my third). If I had another one in me, though, I might be a comedienne. I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine. I love to find the humor in situations, and I enjoy making people laugh.

  4. WHAT'S THE BEST BOOK YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR? The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson. It's historical fiction based on the activities surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. I love to lose myself in a good story.

  5. WHAT'S YOUR HIDDEN TALENT? Baking. When I'm stressed or upset, I find great solace in baking desserts, muffins, cakes, and cookies. My husband does virtually all of the cooking at home, but I do the baking.






Tyra W. Hilliard, J.D., CMP, is assistant professor, director, Event and Meeting Management concentration, Master of Tourism Administration program at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a frequent contributor to The Meetings Group magazines.