Statler News

September 17, 2021

Guest Speakers

Finance, Accounting and Real Estate
September 22, 2021
Monty Bennett ’88, MBA ’89
Chairman & CEO
Ashford Inc.
HADM 6225 (Carvell) Hospitality Strategic Financial Management

Organizational Management, Communication, and Law
September 22, 2021
Jesper Palmqvist
Area Director – Asia Pacific
HADM 4440/6440 (Minnock) Lodging Strategy, and Innovation

September 22, 2021
Zev Eigen
Founder and Chief Science Officer
Syndio Solutions
HADM 3135 (Canina/Sherwyn) Conversations with Entrepreneurs

SHA/CIA Alliance

Immersion. Semester.  Degree.  Could food be a part of your career plans?  Consider studies at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.  Explore your options for culinary or baking studies in the world class kitchens of The CIA by attending an upcoming virtual information session.

Freshman – September 13 to 16 at 4:00 PM daily:

All SHA students – September 20 to 23 at 4:00 PM daily:

Prefer to meet in person?  Contact the program director at to schedule an appointment.

Centers & Institutes

Our webinar series and special events will continue through the 2021 Fall semester. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming webinars.

Missed our most recent webinars? Check out our C&I Webinar Library for on demand access. From real estate and finance to HR, entrepreneurship to food and beverage, technology to marketing, and cruise lines to airlines, our faculty and hospitality industry experts have covered it all. Browse our entire collection of keynote webinars, click the titles to watch recordings of the previously live events, and read webinar reviews written by students and staff members.

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***

Center for Hospitality Research

Women in Hospitality and Travel: Opportunities, Challenges, and Progress
Thursday, September 30, 1:30 p.m. ET

Women make up 50% of the workforce in hospitality and travel yet only 12% of leadership positions. What opportunities are available? What progress is being made?

During this hour-long webcast, we’ll hear from industry and academic leaders as they share stories of their own career challenges, victories, and personal leadership values; organizational best practices for supporting women in the workforce; and predictions for the future.

What you’ll learn:

  • The challenges faced by women seeking and holding leadership positions in the hospitality industry and ways to overcome them
  • How all leaders and organizations can better support women in the workplace
  • Predictions for the future of women in hospitality

Featured Speakers:
Hannah DeMaio
, director of brand strategy, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality, NAPCO Media
Charisse Evans, vice president of employee relations, Delta Airlines
Miranda Scott
, director of business development, Lyft
Kate Walsh, MPS ’90
, dean and E.M. Statler Professor, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
Michelle Woodley ’89, president, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations

15th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference – Registration is Open!
September 21 – 23, 2021
Next week will kick off the 15th annual National HR in Hospitality Conference running from September 21 – 23, 2021 at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA! The conference is presented by the Cornell University’s Hotel and ILR Schools and co-chaired by David Sherwyn ’86 (ILR), JD ’89, John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, professor of law, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship, and J. Bruce Tracey, professor of management at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

The National HR in Hospitality Conference is the industry’s premier HR conference, bringing together the legal and practical aspects of human resources within the hospitality industry.

Conference Schedule
Conference Sessions
Conference Speakers

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, September 22, 11:59 p.m. ET
The Pillsbury Institute is pleased to announce the Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition (PDC), which will take place during the fall 2021 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 9 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 Reviewr by Wednesday, September 22 at 11:59 PM.

Questions? Email Faculty Chair, Andrew Quagliata

Entrepreneurs in Residence Office Hours
The Pillsbury Institute is continuing its Entrepreneurs in Residence program in person on Cornell’s Ithaca Campus and also 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


Marisa Sergi ’15 (CALS), Chief Growth Officer, L’uva Bella Winery


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


Jacob Wright, Founder and CEO, Skyward Hospitality


Bill Minnock ’79, MBA ’83, Visiting Professor of Practice, School of Hotel Administration


Hospitality Business Plan Competition
Information Session – October 6, 4:30 PM
Statler Hall Park Atrium
Registration Required
Interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial venture and want to compete to win money for your written plan? Don’t miss your chance to learn more about what it takes to participate in the Hospitality Business Plan Competition! Registering for the information session is crucial. Not only will we review competition details in depth and answer your questions, but we will also facilitate a team formation activity for students to wish to participate! The Business Plan Competition culminates in the spring during Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC), when student teams submit their final business plans and semi-finalist teams make their presentations to a judging panel that selects the top three concepts as winners. Cash prizes of over $35,000 are awarded! We hope you’ll join us to learn more!

Hilton Hospitality Hackathon
Registration Deadline – Friday, November 5
November 5-7, 2021
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 Elevate the Hospitality Experience for a Post-Pandemic World. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for the hospitality industry: a changing labor environment and evolving guest expectations for engaging in the on-property experience. Join us for this year’s Hospitality Hackathon focused on solving the most prevalent problems facing the hospitality industry today through technology. We invite students with diverse backgrounds of degrees, majors, and schools to collaborate in teams in order to produce innovative solutions for real world challenges. Previous hackathon experience not required!

Have questions about the Pillsbury Institute? Contact Michelle Ciaschi at

Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Photo Contest – Images of Recovery
Submissions are due – Friday, October 15, 5 p.m. ET
The winning submissions will be incorporated into the Institute’s art collection, possibly displayed in the CIHF suite in MVR, utilized in CIHF’s outreach materials, website, and social media.

  • First Place: $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100

Submission and Judging Criteria
All Cornell students are eligible to enter, and may submit up to three photos

  • Entry must be a high-resolution JPEG
  • Entries must be emailed to, with the subject line: Images of Recovery
  • File names must include Cornell net ID, and the image title of your choosing
  • Please include your name, department, expected year of graduation, and degree
  • Images should invoke a sense of recovery and growth in the context of health and/or hospitality

If you have any questions, please contact CIHF at

Office of Student Services
Undergraduate Advising:
Semester Long Drop-In Schedule (virtual only):

  • September 1st through December 9th
    • Wednesdays: 9:30am – 11:30am
    • Thursdays: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

All virtual Drop-Ins can be accessed via Zoom: (Links to an external site.)

  • Meeting ID: 946 8781 2347
  • Passcode: 624493

Students can also schedule appointments with us, which we are currently conducting via Zoom only : Hotel Office of Student Services (

Diversity and Inclusion:
September is Hispanic Heritage Month
History: Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.


Nestlé Library Resource of the Week

Nestlé Library Resource of the Week – Wall Street Journal online
Thanks to support from Student Assembly and the library, all currently-registered Cornell students (as well as faculty and staff) are eligible to sign up for a Wall Street Journal online account. If interested, start by creating an account with your Cornell email address. Reading an electronic copy of the printed version of Wall Street Journal is also available through article databases such as Factiva, but a separate subscription is required for WSJ premium online content.


Applications to apply to HEC 97 are now live- apply here! Applications will close on Friday, September 24th at 6 PM EST. Reference the job description manual and view slides from the information sessions to learn about all of the positions we are recruiting for this fall. Volunteer sign-ups will occur in the spring semester. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis from September 20th-September 28th, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please contact the People & Culture Director, Tamara Sato, at with any questions about our recruitment process.