Hospitality Executives to Discuss Restaurant Innovation at Dean's Leadership Series

Mar 31, 2011

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Top consumer trends in the restaurant industry will be the focus of the eighth edition of the Dean's Leadership Series, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Leading restaurant executives will speak on sustainability, nutrition, design, and more during the panel discussion, titled "Insights from Innovators." The panel will be the featured speaker session on Saturday, May 21, 2011, 12:00-1:30 p.m., the first day of the NRA Show 2011, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

"The restaurant industry is incredibly dynamic, and innovation is a critical element of success. Our panelists know how to keep up with changing consumer tastes while remaining true to their brand and vision," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA.

Johnson will moderate the discussion. Panelists will be:
• Drew Nieporent '77, Owner, Myriad Restaurant Group
• Elizabeth Blau, CEO, Elizabeth Blau & Associates
• Daniel Rosenthal '71, President, The Rosenthal Group, and Chairman, Green Chicago Restaurant Co-Op
• Zachary Bruell, Chef/ Restaurateur - Parallax, Table 45, L'Albatros, Chinato

"The NRA Show is an unsurpassed source of products, services, contacts, and information that operators need to improve their business," said David Gilbert, chief operating officer of the National Restaurant Association. "The Cornell panel is an exceptional opportunity to hear a unique group of industry leaders discussing current, innovative industry trends. This is one of 70+ education sessions that are open and free to all registered attendees. The NRA Show serves as a springboard for best-in-class discussions and unparalleled access to the industry's top experts and organizations."

SHA established the Dean's Leadership Series in November 2007 as a platform for industry leaders to discuss the most important topics facing hospitality today. Previous editions of this series have attracted nearly 300 hospitality executives and members of the press in New York, Washington, Orlando, and Paris.

USA TODAY is media partner for the event. Corporate sponsors are FRANCE 24, Hospitality Architecture + Design, Hospitality Design, Hotel Business, Hotel Management, HotelYearbook, Hsyndicate, the National Restaurant Association, PhoCusWright, and the Wall Street Journal.

For more information about the Dean's Leadership Series, please visit the event website: To become a corporate sponsor of the event, please contact Rachel Ash '99 MBA '06, manager, corporate and foundation affairs, at

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place, May 21-24, 2011. Visit to register or for more information about features of the show.