Statler News

April 9, 2021

Guest Speakers 

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate
April 13, 2021
Jon Korr ’09, Senior Vice President
Cheryl Boyer ’87, Chief Operating Officer
Fulcrum Hospitality LLC
HADM 3210 (Quan) Principles of Hospitality Real Estate

April 15, 2021
Raymond Martz ’93
Executive Vice President, CFO
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
HADM 6240 (MacAusland) Analysis of Financial Statements

Marketing, Information Systems, Strategy, and Tourism
April 12, 2021
Richy Petrina ’01
Founder & Managing Director
Ithaca Wine Ventures
HADM 4435 (LaTour) Luxury Marketing

April 12, 2021
Ashley Dimond ’14
Former Deputy Chief of Staff
HADM 4410 (Shi) Strategic Management

Spring 2021 Real Estate Seminar Series (CRP 5370). We look forward to welcoming

*The Lecture takes place at 8:00p.m. ET

The complete list can be found at 2021 Spring Speaker Series

These sessions will be on Zoom as part of our online course CRP 5370. If you are interested in attending a session, permission must be obtained by reaching out to 24 hours in advance

To learn more about the Baker Program in Real Estate check out our Real Estate Review blog.

Centers & Institutes wishes the Cornell community a successful Spring semester!
Our webinar series and special events will continue through the 2021 Spring semester. Check our events calendar for the most up to date information or check here for a list of past webinar recordings featuring SHA faculty experts.

The SHA Centers & Institutes are looking to hire a student writer. If you have a passion for writing, all things hospitality, and thought leadership, this might be the job for you. Click here to read the full job description and submit your application.

C&I Internship Program
Sponsored by the Centers & Institutes in the School of Hotel Administration, this program provides students opportunities to gain practical experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, healthcare, food & beverage management, research, real estate finance, labor and employment relations, and other hospitality focus areas. If you are a current student looking for internship or externship opportunities, please visit the C&I Internship Program to get involved!
***Remote opportunities may also be available***

Hospitality Outlook 2021: Hotel Performance, Capital Markets and Consumer Behavior – Registration is now open!
Thursday, April 15, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EDT
All eyes are on the horizon as the recovery is poised to begin. With the U.S. market down 52% in RevPAR for 2020 and a slow start to 2021, the robust stimulus package passed by Congress and accelerating vaccination rates point to an optimistic view for the remainder of 2021. From shifts in hotel demand to improvements in the transaction and financial climate from lenders and the equity markets, hoteliers are gearing up for a busy second half of the year.  The pent-up demand of consumers to hit the road with more confidence in safety and health issues is expected to kick off the start of a true economic recovery.

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn how differences in composition of demand will influence which markets and submarkets are more likely to recover in 12-18 months while others may have several years ahead before they get close to pre-COVID levels.
  • Understand some of the issues related to the way lenders and hotel owners have negotiated the COVID storm along with an overview on the appetite for transactions.
  • Hear about the Wall Street perspective on hotel brands and REITs as they come out of the deepest downturn in the industry’s history
  • Understand some of the factors driving consumer behavior including how loyalty programs and other incentives may accelerate both leisure and commercial travel.

Featured speakers:

  • Cindy Estis Green ’79, CEO and co-founder, Kalibri Labs
  • Rachael Rothman MPS ’95, head of hotels research and data analytics, CBRE Hotels Research
  • Dave Roberts ’87, MS ’88, lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
  • Jess Petitt ’05, vice president of analytics, Hilton

CHR Spring Virtual Advisory Board Meeting
Friday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT
This event is by invitation only.

Faculty Presentation – Eva Steiner & Alexei Tchistyi
Friday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EDT
This event is by invitation only.

Faculty Presentation – Vincent Slaugh
Friday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT
This event is by invitation only.

Missed our most recent webinars?

Post-2020 Food and Beverage: Rebuilding an Embattled Industry
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Speakers include: Lilly Jan, Ph.D., Lecturer, Food & Beverage, School of Hotel Administration; Irene Li ’15, Chef/Owner, Mei Mei; Devita Davison, Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit; Jonathan Geffrard, director of restaurants, bars, & events, Thompson Dallas 

The Industry’s Vision of Tomorrow’s Hospitality
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Speakers include: Randy Garutti ’97, CEO & Director, Shake Shack; Professor Marie Ozanne, School of Hotel Administration; Michele Sarkisian, Partner, Avenger Capital; Ron Swidler, CIO, The Gettys Group

Check CIHLER’s Event Calendar for upcoming webinars. More information and links coming soon!

The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration
Tuesday, April 20, 1 p.m. EDT
Moderated by: David Sherwyn
Invited attendees will gather for a roundtable talk to discuss the direction of hospitality, labor and employment relations under President Joe Biden’s administration.

David Sherwyn is the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, academic director of the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER), and academic co-director of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE).

This roundtable is by invitation only.

15th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference – Registration is Now Open!
September 21 – 23, 2021
Co-chaired by
Dave Sherwyn, ILR ’86, JD ’89 & J. Bruce Tracey
We are pleased to announce that the National HR in Hospitality Conference will be taking place in person at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA!

HR in Hospitality 2021 is presented by the Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and Industrial Labor Relations School (ILR). For more than a decade, human resources professionals in the hospitality industry have relied on HR in Hospitality to equip them with powerful guidance tailored to their unique challenges.

Choose from a collection of carefully crafted offerings, including plenaries, smaller breakout sessions, roundtables, and workshops. Whether you are an HR or employment law practitioner, there is something here for everyone. The conference is routinely approved for SHRM, HRCI and CLE Recertification credits. At the HR in Hospitality Expo attendees gain access to a select group of HR product and service providers with deep expertise in the hospitality industry. Our exhibitors are looking forward to having in-depth conversations.

Please visit us for regular updates and we will see you at the Del!

Missed our most recent webinars?

COVID-19’s Effect on HR: Hospitality’s Response to the “New Normal”
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Speakers include: J. Bruce Tracey, professor of management, School of Hotel Administration; Nikki Massey, senior vice president, human resources -Americas, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Robert Mellwig, chief culture officer, sbe Lifestyle Hospitality; Joy Rothschild, chief human resources officer, Omni Hotels & Resorts

Pre-Dispute Mandatory Arbitration: A Model for Settling Disputes in a Positive Manner or a Forced Denial of Employee Rights?
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Speakers include: David Sherwyn, John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources and a professor of law at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration; Harry Katz, Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining at the Cornell ILR School; Alexander Colvin, Ph.D. ’99, is the Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and the Martin F. Scheinman ’75, ’MS ’76 Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University

6th Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition
Friday, April 16, 12:30 p.m. EDT
Watch the Finals Live!
We are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition, hosted jointly by the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Center for Real Estate and Finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

This case competition, held annually, will take place virtually this year. The invitation-only competition will welcome undergraduate teams from the following top university real estate programs:

  • Cornell University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Marquette University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Villanova University

The teams will present their analysis of a real estate case study based on an actual transaction to a panel of industry executive judges. This intense competition provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom and showcase their talents to the leaders of the industry.

CREF Spring Virtual Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, June 3, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
This event is by invitation only.

Hospitality Business Plan Competition Finals
Saturday, May 1, 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. EDT
NEW DATE! The Hospitality Business Plan Competition provides an experiential learning opportunity to rising entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the hospitality industry. The competition kicks off at the start of the academic year and culminates in the spring with the submission of final business plans and group presentations. Cash prizes over $35,000 are awarded to the top three teams. List of competing teams coming soon!

Check out last year’s competition now and watch this year’s competition live on May 1st.

Entrepreneurs in Residence Office Hours
The Pillsbury Institute is continuing its Entrepreneurs in Residence program virtually. You can schedule one-on-one meetings using your StartupTree account. Be sure to come to your meetings prepared to discuss anything from business development to career planning. View the EIRs below and their key areas of expertise or read more about them by visiting our website!

Brandon Barton ’03, Chief Executive Officer, Bite

Micah Estis Green ’18, Founder, President, & CEO, Maidbot

Felix Litvinsky P ’23, Managing Director, Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars at Cornell

Fred Singer, President & CEO, Singer Equipment

Ellen Yui P ’14 & P ’16, Founding Principal, YUI+Company

Have questions about the Pillsbury Institute? Contact Michelle Ciaschi at

Missed our most recent webinars?

Using Technology to Reinvent Hospitality Business Models: Investing, Development, and Operation
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Speakers include: Chris Hemmeter ’86 (A&S), P ’22, managing director, Thayer Ventures; Elena Belavina, associate professor, Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Jason Brown ’05, managing partner, Blue Flag Partners, LLC; Rami Zeidan, founder and CEO, Life House


Missed our most recent webinars?
Designing for Healthy Sleep and Travel: A Research Perspective
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives: how we work, how we socialize, how we provide healthcare, how we travel, and even how we sleep. As we confront this health crisis, healthy sleep is especially essential for our safety, work performance, and well-being.
Speakers include: Heather Kolakowski, associate director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures; Rana Zadeh, associate, co-director, and co-founder, Health Design Innovations Lab (HDIL), Design + Environmental Analysis, Cornell College of Human Ecology; Rebecca Robbins, M.S., Ph.D., instructor in medicine and associate scientist, Harvard Medical School, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Rohit Verma, professor, Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

Maria Wolfe, Senior Lecturer of Management Communication
was featured in the “Career Bites: 30 minute skill series” program hosted by Cornell’s Alumni Affairs and Development. The webinar was titled “Elevating your elevator pitch” and aired on March 30. For students, staff and faculty, the program can be accessed here. Scroll down to the livestream section, log in (using Cornell NetID, Gmail, or just regular email address) and locate the video under the “Advancing your Career” section.

Maria Wolfe, Senior Lecturer of Management Communication authored a new eCornell course, “Virtual Communication,” that has been launched and is now accepting students.  For more information about the course, click here.

May 2021 Grads – It’s time to order your cap and gown!
You may order by May 5 and the regalia will be shipped directly to the address you provide within 2-3 weeks after ordering.
Please see for more information.  Also, formal announcements, rings, diploma frames and other items may be ordered now both online or at the Store on campus.

Virtual Academic Advising Drop-in Schedule for Spring ’21 Semester

Mondays: 2:30pm-4:00pm EST
Tuesdays: 8:30am-10:00am EST
Wednesdays: 8:30am-10:00am EST
Thursdays: 2:30pm-4:00pm EST
Fridays: 10:00am-11:30am EST

Zoom link:
Meeting ID:
917 2362 2690
Passcode: 995837
* Virtual drop-in’s will not be offered on Cornell Wellness Days April 23 & 26.

Do you want to stay on track, get ahead, or learn something new this summer?
Consider registering in Cornell’s online summer courses!
Courses are offered in three-, six-, and eight-week sessions between June 1 and August 3.
Choose from online undergraduate Cornell courses in arts and architecture, business and hospitality, health and humanities, international relations, science and technology, social change, veterinary medicine, and more.

The grades and credits you earn in these summer courses will be recorded on your official Cornell transcript and will be considered toward fulfillment of Non-HADM and/or Free Elective requirements for School of Hotel Administration students.

Please visit and review the Summer Session site for enrollment processes, dates & deadlines, and course offerings. Please note: Hotel students are not permitted to take HADM 2230 or HADM 3365.
* If you have any questions about how summer classes can fit into your degree plan, please meet with an academic advisor during drop-ins.

Apply to be an august orientation leader!
Application is now LIVE and available through April 12, 2021

Celebrate Diversity Month virtual image
April is Celebrate Diversity Month – show your support!

5 Ways to Celebrate Diverse Cultures in the Office
It’s no secret that a strong workplace is a diverse one, because it offers a unique range of skill sets, and backgrounds to pull from. Many companies are building diverse teams to include gender and racial differences, but diversity doesn’t end there. The potential benefits extend to looking at age, lifestyle, and personality-all of which can further impact productivity and innovation.

Nothing About Us Without Us (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) ASAN
In the autism community, many self-advocates and their allies prefer terminology such as “Autistic,” “Autistic person,” or “Autistic individual” because we understand autism as an inherent part of an individual’s identity-the same way one refers to Muslims, African-Americans, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Chinese, gifted, athletic or Jewish.

What it’s really like to have autism?
“Autism is not a disease; it’s just another way of thinking,” says Ethan Lisi. Offering a glimpse into the way he experiences the world, Lisi breaks down misleading stereotypes about autism, shares insights into common behaviors like stimming and masking and promotes a more inclusive understanding of the spectrum.

Interested in the Food Business?
Apply to the Food Marketing Fellows Program!
The Food Marketing Fellows is an honors program for students with food industry interests and career aspirations.
Fellow enrolls in a 1-credit course, AEM 4460.  Throughout the Fall Semester, Fellows take several day trips to visit manufacturers and retailer with the class culminating in an Study Trip In January.  Fellows travel to study the business and marketing strategies of various food and consumer product companies. In the past we have travelled to Ireland, Australia, Chile, Italy, Australia, Lithuania, Portugal, Brazil, China, Netherlands, and United Kingdom.

For more information (including Covid-19 guideline) and to apply, visit the link here:

Summer Internships for Rising Sophomores, Rising Juniors and Rising Seniors
The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is offering multiple virtual internships for Summer 2021. You will be connected to faculty conducting international research or global practitioners partnering with our eight regional and thematic programs, meet mentors and colleagues working in the international arena,  and use your real-world skills and languages, to help advance your career goals.
Click here for more information and to apply before the April 15 deadline.

Cornell in Washington, experience “abroad” without leaving the United States!
Deadline: April 23, 2021
If you’re looking for an experience “abroad” without leaving the United States, Cornell in Washington is the program for you! Recently ranked one of the best cities for college grads, the opportunities in DC are limitless! The Cornell in Washington program offers you the unique opportunity to experience our nation’s capital region while:

  • Earning Cornell credits
  • Participating in an internship of your choosing
  • Obtaining practical experience by applying methods and theories learned in classes
  • Networking with professionals in your field for references and future job opportunities
  • Having fun, meeting new people, and enjoying an enormous range of cultural and recreational activities!

Visit the Cornell in Washington site to learn why Cornellians from all majors often refer to their semester in Washington as the “best semester” of their time as an undergraduate!

Minimum GPA: 2.50
Terms and Dates:
Fall 2021: August 23, 2021 to December 17, 2021
Deadline: April 23, 2021