Cornell to present industry, faculty panel on hospitality labor relations

Oct 16, 2013

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368,

At the 12th edition of the Dean's Leadership Series, co-presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and the Cornell Hotel Society, a panel of hospitality industry executives and faculty will discuss "The Future of Hospitality Labor Relations." The event will be held Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt New York, 7:30–10:00 a.m. A networking breakfast will precede the panel discussion. Register here to attend.

"The impact of labor relations permeates the hospitality industry. Employers, employees, unions, government entities, and academics alike must understand the needs of the various stakeholders and the best strategies for moving forward," said Michael D. Johnson, SHA dean and E. M. Statler Professor. "In July 2013, we launched the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, making this a perfect time to tackle these issues at a Dean's Leadership Series panel."

Johnson will moderate the discussion, which will feature the following panelists:
John Ceriale, Managing Director, Prospect Advisors
Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Dave Sherwyn, John & Melissa Ceriale Professor and Academic Director of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, Cornell School of Hotel Administration
D. Taylor, President, UNITE HERE

The Dean's Leadership Series was established in 2007 as a platform for industry leaders to discuss the most important topics facing hospitality and travel today. Previous editions of the series have attracted nearly 300 hospitality and travel executives and leading members of the press. The series has held panel discussions in Chicago, Miami, Mumbai, Orlando, New York, Paris, and Washington, D.C.

Hyatt and the Grand Hyatt New York are title sponsors, and USA TODAY is exclusive media partner for the event. Corporate sponsors are Crescent Heights, Hersha Hospitality Trust, Hotel Business, Hilton Worldwide, Hsyndicate, InterContinental Hotels Group, PwC, Questex Hospitality Group, Talent Plus, the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, and the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.

To learn more about the event or to participate as a corporate sponsor, please contact Grace Coriell, corporate & foundation affairs, at 607-255-7590 or

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
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