Episode 9 – Elizabeth Blau – Why Leading By Example and With Heart Means Excellence

“Leading by example is critical. You can’t tell people to do one thing, like, ‘Don’t spread COVID and stay home’, and then be a politician who travels out of state to visit their family.” – Elizabeth Blau.

It’s powerful to lead by example, and that is exactly what Season 1, Episode 9 guest Elizabeth Blau does and she shared that insight and her story with us recently. The Magnifying Excellence Podcast doesn’t glorify Excellence, but is a deep examination of it, when our guests speak exclusive and candidly about their journeys of Excellence like never before. The Podcast is hosted by Brian Hurlburt.

Blau is known as one of the very influential people who helped evolve Las Vegas into a world class dining destination and is also a restaurant owner, philanthropist and more.

Blau’s Excellence by the Numbers

  • Blau was recognized the prestigious UNLV Vino event with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence.
  • She helped create From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Leadership for Women in Hospitality, an immersive class at UNLV and Florida International University, along with assistant professor and author Lisa Cain.
  • Blau is a graduate of the prestigious Cornell School of Hotel Management.
  • Blau is a graduate of the prestigious Cornell School of Hotel Management.
  • She is a past James Beard Award honoree.
  • Blau has appeared as a judge on the Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America’ and is also an annual judge for Hotel Magazine’s best restaurants.
  • Her story has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Martha Stewart Show.
  • Blau is also a featured speaker and has delivered addresses to the Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University and the Ecole Hoteliere in Switzerland.
  • She is a member of the James Beard Foundation along with the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.
  • Blau also keeps it local as she supports area organizations such as Communities in Schools and Three Square where she serves as the Culinary Council Chair to help eliminate hunger in Southern Nevada.
  • Blau formed Blau & Associate in 2002 and quickly built up an impressive client list including New York’s Rainbow Room Montage Resorts, Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts, Netjets, Celebrity Cruises and many more.