Statler News

September 13, 2019

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate
September 17, 2019
Day Myers
Director of Food and Beverage
Four Seasons
HADM 7230 (Canina) Corporate Finance

Hospitality Facilities and Operations
September 16, 2019
Randi Quackenbush
Director of Community Impact
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
HADM 4315 (Kolakowski) Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Food Justice

September 16, 2019
Jennifer Perna
Fulton Market Consulting
HADM 4340 (Kingra) Catering and Special Events Management

September 20, 2019
Mara Jaffe
Corporate Executive Chef
Highway West Vacations
HADM 2360 (Gaulke) Food Service Theory, Management, & Practice

Organizational Management, Communication, and Law
September 17, 2019
Michael Huyghue, Esq.
Michael Huyghue & Associates LLC
HADM 2810 (Perry) Human Resource Management
HADM 4835/6835 (Perry) Leading and Managing Teams

Center for Hospitality Research
Sustainability Roundtable
September 26-27, 2019
The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) will host the 10th annual Sustainability Roundtable September 26-27, 2019. Individual sessions will address the following topics: Engaging Stakeholders in the Process of Managing Food Waste and Collaboration; Reducing Food Waste in the Service Industry; Creating a Market for Food Waste – Co-Sponsored by the Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management; a session on Research and Hot Topics.

Roundtable Chair:
Jeanne Varney, Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, SC Johnson, College of Business

Current Participants:

  • Aaron Adaljia, Assistant Professor, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Pia Ametsbichler, Director, Global Sales- UK, Ireland & Nordics, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Elena Belavina, Associate Professor, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Linda Canina, Director, Center for Hospitality Research, Professor, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Claire Cutting ’11, Director, Sustainability, Marriott International
  • Debbie Friedel, Director of Sustainability, Delaware North
  • Maisie Ganzler BS ’93, Chief Strategy & Brand Officer, Bon Appetit Management Company
  • Matt Jozwiak, Co-founder and Executive Director, Rethink Food NYC
  • Gizem Kilic, PhD ’21, Cornell University
  • Heather Kolakowski BS ’00, Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Sarah Harvey, Sustainability Analyst, Hyatt Hotels
  • Willy Legrand, Professor, IUBH School of Business and Management
  • Craig Mustard, Head of Brand Management, Choice Hotels
  • Kurt Rausch P ’17, Chief, Commercial Services Program, National Park Service
  • Jeanne Varney ’85, Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Rick Werber ’83, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
  • Hannah Wylie, Senior Manager, Property and User Generated Content, (Expedia Group)
  • Walker Lunn, CEO, Devoured
  • Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Cornell University
  • Mark Milstein, Clinical Professor of Management & Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University

To learn more about this roundtable, please contact Camden Bushen.

Engage with CHR

Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations
Labor & Employment Laws Webinar: What Hotels Need to Know featuring David Sherwyn
September 19, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM
As hoteliers work to implement new technology and initiatives to improve their employee engagement, retention, efficiency, and operations, the legal implications of these new initiatives often come into play.

In this webinar, Beekeeper’s VP of Hospitality, Connie Rheams, sits down with David Sherwyn, Professor, Lawyer, and Academic Director of the Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration to discuss all things labor and employment law for hotel teams.

Learn the answers to the biggest questions your team is facing around employment and labor when you consider implementing a new program or software. The event will also include an opportunity for audience Q&A.

To view and attend this free webinar please register here.

On September 23rd, Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) will be presenting two roundtables with support from the ILR School and Cornell’s Law School. During the morning we will be hosting two concurrent roundtable sessions: 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law Roundtable and the 2nd Annual Employee Representatives Roundtable. In the afternoon sessions following a networking lunch participants from both events will combine into one forum. More details on session topics and student registration will be coming soon!

18th Annual Labor & Employment Law Roundtable | September 23, 2019
Statler Ballroom
Ithaca, NY
Chair: David Sherwyn, ILR ’86, JD ’89, John & Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, Academic Director of CIHLER and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

This roundtable presents a forum for industry and academe to address current issues regarding the industry’s labor and employment law.

2nd Annual Employee Representatives Roundtable | September 23, 2019
Silver Birch Suite
Ithaca, NY
The 2nd annual Employee Representative Roundtable, presented by CIHLER, will bring together participants who advocate for employees working at the world’s top hospitality firms and unions.

Nashville Regional Roundtable
October 4, 2019
807 Clark Place
Nashville, TN 37203
The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) with support from member Littler will be hosting this Regional Roundtable event. Regional roundtables allow for the expansion of the reach of the institute, encouraging timely and relevant labor relation discussions to reach not only our board members but also the local regional professionals from our member companies. Topics of discussion for the event will include:

  1. Wage and Hour Issues
  2. Harassment Training Initiatives
  3. Immigration in the Trump Era

 To learn more about these events or other institute events you can contact Erica Heim,

 Stay Connected with CIHLER

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition
Registration Deadline – September 18
Registration is open for the Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition (PDC), which will take place during the fall 2019 semester. The PDC is an experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs who are contemplating, starting, or operating an early stage hospitality-based venture, and who are looking to improve their pitching skills, with the potential to earn seed funding for their venture. Students register for the competition in early fall and submit their pitch decks in October for review by a team of industry judges. Three to five finalists will be selected to present on November 19 to a panel of industry judges. The cash prizes are: winning team, $3,000, second place team, $1,500, and third place, $500.

Students interested in winning seed funding for their pitch idea need to register via Startup Tree by Wednesday, September 18. Questions? Email Faculty Chair, Andrew Quagliata

Hilton Hospitality Hackathon
Registration Deadline – September 19
September 20-22, 2019
eHub Collegetown, 409 College Ave
Calling all students! Hilton and the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship are partnering at Cornell to revolutionize the Digital Customer Journey. In a world of limitless possibilities – how do you connect a customer with their dream experience? Join us for this year’s Hospitality Hackathon focusing on creating personalized digital customer journeys to deliver world-class, differentiated experiences for travelers across the world. Previous hackathon or coding experience is not required. Please visit our FAQ page for more details.

For full event details and to register, visit our website!

Entrepreneurs in Residence Office Hours
Every academic year, the Pillsbury Institute invites successful entrepreneurs to the Ithaca campus through the Entrepreneurs in Residence program. The program enables students to learn through ongoing personal interaction with successful entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurs in Residence meet one-on-one with students to help them with business development, networking, and career planning.

Sign up now or schedule your appointment with StartUpTree. Interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity? Take just a minute of your time to create an account that will allow you to schedule and manage appointments.

More information about this program and our entrepreneurs can be found here.

Thursday, October 10: Nick Bayer ’00, Founder & CEO, Saxbys

  • Coffee Production
  • Business Strategies
  • Social Responsibility
  • Designing an Experiential Learning Program

Media Coverage
Kathy LaTour, Associate Professor of Services Marketing, has an invited commentary about her research on how managers can enhance consumer learning for hedonic products appearing in the Journal of Advertising Research,

Publications & Presentations
Eva Steiner, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, presented her paper titled “Quantitative Easing and Financial Institution Risk-Taking,” co-authored with Scott Frame (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s conference on housing, financial markets, and monetary policy on September 6, 2019.