Cornell School of Hotel Administration Shapes 9th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference

Jan 29, 2015

Media Contact: Rennette Fortune, 561.622.6520 ext. 8674,

Las Vegas, NV - The HR in Hospitality Conference, in partnership with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER), and the Cornell University ILR School announced the event program will feature a variety of presentations by SHA professors David Sherwyn, Michael Sturman, and J. Bruce Tracey.

During the 9th annual HR in Hospitality Conference, being held March 16-18, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, nearly one-fifth of the program will contain principal experts from Cornell University. Providing guidance tailored to the challenges faced by human resource professionals in the hospitality industry, the conference will equip attendees with actionable tips, innovative ideas, and practical solutions and guidelines for navigating the industry's changing landscape.

"Cornell University's distinguished faculty have a unique point of view because of their years of research in HR and legal challenges affecting the industry," said Ed Chase, vice president of LRP Publications, organizers of the HR in Hospitality Conference. "With seasoned insight gained through years of scholarship, our attendees will surely benefit from the guidance provided by these top HR leaders."

Two highly anticipated sessions will feature Sherwyn:

- "NLRB: A Closer Look at the Supreme Court's Noel Canning Decision"
- "50 Legal Tips in 50 Minutes"

The "Noel Canning Decision" session, which Sherwyn will present alongside Paul Ades (Hilton Worldwide Inc.), David Rothfeld (Kane Kessler, P.C.), and Steven M. Swirsky (Epstein Becker Green), will summarize the court's reasoning behind the decision. Taking it a step further, the panel will identify important decisions made while the board's work was unconstitutional and evaluate the impact on labor relations plus the future of the board.

"50 Legal Tips in 50 Minutes" will also include speakers Ilene Berman (Taylor English Duma), Gregg Gilman (Davis & Gilbert LLP), Paul E. Wagner (Stokes Roberts & Wagner), and Celeste Yeager (Littler Mendelson, P.C.).

Moderating the March 16 session "Ensuring Competitiveness: Implications of Compensation and Benefits Trends," Sturman will explore the usefulness of available data and how that data can be used to enhance employee motivation and performance. Furthermore, alongside Alice Carroll (Mercer) and Randall Pullen (WageWatch, Inc.), Sturman will discuss pay level and trends related to jobs at or near the minimum wage, plus trends in pay mix and total compensation for the exempt and non-exempt jobs that constitute the majority of employment in the hospitality industry.

An attendee favorite, "HR Tips and Trends," is a fast-paced session in which Tracey and respected industry leaders Debbie Brown (Four Season Hotels & Resorts), Carolyn Clark (Fairmont Hotels and Resorts), Robert Mellwig (Destination Hotels and Resorts/Lowe Enterprises), and Alan Momeyer (Loews Corporation) share best practices and expert guidance on key HR strategies.

Tracey will also present "Developing Employee Surveys to Enhance HR Decision-making." Exploring appropriate use of employee surveys, how to design them, and methods for reporting the data that is captured, Tracey and fellow presenter Mark Blankenship (Jack in the Box) will help organizations better engage employees.

Professionals are encouraged to register for the HR in Hospitality Conference by February 2 to save $350.00 off the standard rate. Visit or call toll-free 800.727.1227 for more details.

For media inquiries, please contact Rennette Fortune at LRP Publications by phone at 561.622.6520 ext. 8674, or by email at

About the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit

About the National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo
The National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo, established in 2007, is recognized as the nation's only conference for human resources, labor relations, and employment law professionals at hotels, resorts, restaurants, airlines, and all other sectors within the hospitality industry. HR in Hospitality is annually produced by Human Resource Executive® magazine and LRP Publications in partnership with School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, and the ILR School at Cornell University. The HR in Hospitality Conference program is consistently designed to address the unique challenges human resource management in the hospitality industry face by providing targeted guidance, HR recertification, and networking opportunities. For more information or to register, please visit or call toll-free 800.727.1227. Join the HR in Hospitality discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About LRP Publications
LRP Publications, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, organizes the HR in Hospitality Conference plus publishes two industry‐leading magazines, Human Resource Executive® and Risk & Insurance®, as well as hundreds of newsletters, books, videos, eCourses, and case reporters in the fields of workers' compensation and disability, human resources, education administration and law, and federal employment law. For a complete list of LRP products, conferences, and trade shows, please visit