Hilton Worldwide is Title Sponsor of Third Cornell Icon & Innovator Awards Dinner

Feb 28, 2011

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368, am754@cornell.edu

The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration has announced that Hilton Worldwide is the title sponsor of the third annual Cornell Icon & Innovator Awards Dinner, a gala that will honor the Hilton family and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as the recipients of the 2011 Cornell Icon of the Industry Award. Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, will co-present the award with Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor of Hotel Administration, at the event on June 7, 2011, at the Waldorf=Astoria New York. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

"Conrad Hilton and the Hilton family are the essential foundations of the company that is now Hilton Worldwide. It is a privilege to participate in honoring them with the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award," said Nassetta, who has led Hilton Worldwide since the Hilton family sold the company in 2007. "We proudly adhere to Conrad Hilton's commitment of creating exceptional guest experiences with business integrity, and owe our success as the leading global hospitality company to the extraordinary business foundation built by his incredible vision and gifted entrepreneurial spirit."

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration and Hilton have historic ties that date back more than a half century, when Conrad Hilton purchased the hotel company of E. M. Statler, one of the school's principal benefactors and also an industry icon. "We are very proud to continue to expand on our relationship with Hilton Worldwide," stated Johnson.

The Cornell Icon & Innovator Awards Dinner attracts the world's most influential hospitality leaders and raises funds for School of Hotel Administration scholarships and programs. The event began in 2009 and honored J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr. The 2010 dinner honored Charles "Chuck" Feeney.

The gala already has 40 corporate sponsors, including media partners USA TODAY and Travel+Leisure magazines and strategic marketing and event consultant Amazing Taste, LLC. To partner with the school on this premier event, please contact Joe Strodel, Jr., director of corporate & foundation affairs, at js343@cornell.edu. For additional information, please visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/industry/events/awardsdinner.html.


About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Hilton Worldwide has no relationship with the Hilton family or the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a private family foundation. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. 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 www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.