Judy Shakelford-Alberts

Judy Shakelford-Alberts, MATC-Madison grad

Madison Area Technical College

Hotel and Restaurant Management, 1983

Director of Sales Hilton Garden Inn

Not sure what she wanted to do, Judy enrolled in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Madison Area Technical College. While earning an associate degree, she found her passion for marketing and joined DECA, a student club that prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

"DECA gave me public speaking experience that boosted my confidence," Judy recalls. "I also learned to develop a marketing plan."

After graduating and working at hotels in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, Judy learned that she didn’t need a four-year degree to make a good salary in the field of hotel and restaurant management. She attributes her success to hard work and staying current in the field.