Carlson Hotels Joins Strategic Corporate Alliance Program at SHA

Jul 21, 2011

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

Carlson Hotels is the newest member of the Strategic Corporate Alliance program at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Through the partnership, Carlson Hotels will become a senior partner of the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and will sponsor "The Face of Hospitality Leadership," a study that will investigate career paths within the hospitality industry, with a focus on women leaders. Carlson will also be an industry fellow of the Center for Real Estate and Finance and a senior member of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

"It is an honor to welcome Carlson Hotels to our Strategic Corporate Alliance program," said Joe Strodel, Jr., director of communications and corporate affairs, SHA. "Radisson, a Carlson brand, had been a key partner of our Center for Hospitality Research, so we are excited to broaden this relationship with one of the leading global companies in hospitality and travel and create new knowledge to power the industry forward."

Carlson's strategic alliance also includes sponsorship of the Cornell Icon and Innovator Awards Dinner, a gala event that honors industry leaders and serves as a fundraiser for the school's scholarships and programs, and Hotel Ezra Cornell, a student-run hospitality conference held at SHA.

"By partnering with the School of Hotel Administration, we are able to support research, education, and events that will not only benefit Carlson but also the global hospitality industry," said Nancy Johnson, executive vice president, Carlson Hotels. "Through the results of this alliance, we'll be able to better serve our guests, employees, shareholders, our partners, and the industry."

About Carlson
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,070 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza®; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 170,000 people.  http://www.carlson.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.