Statler News

**** Note this will be the last edition of Statler News until Spring 2024****


Check our Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities for engagement!

PIHE & CHR Joint RoundtableRegistration link coming soon!
February 15, 2024 – Welcome Reception
February 16, 2024 – The Future of Short-Term Rentals Roundtable
New York City
Short-Term Rentals in Affordable Housing
Examine the complex relationship between short-term rentals and affordable housing availability. Discuss how short-term rentals can contribute to housing shortages in cities with high demand and limited supply. Consider policy options such as zoning restrictions, moratoria, affordable housing requirements, or subsidies for affordable housing initiatives.
Disrupting the Disruptors
Delve into emerging technologies, such as blockchain, and how technology is being used to create decentralized platforms for short-term rentals. Discuss the potential for technology to disrupt the industry by enabling peer-to-peer transactions without the need for intermediaries like Airbnb or VRBO. Analyze the regulatory challenges and the implications for traditional short-term rental companies.
Alternative Housing Models
Explore emerging alternative housing models and hotel brands that challenge the traditional short-term rental model. Discuss concepts such as co-living spaces, boutique hotels with short-term rental components, and corporate housing platforms. Analyze the potential for these models to disrupt the industry and their implications for regulatory frameworks. This event is by invitation only.

Faculty interested in attending may contact Nicole McQuiddy-Davis or Michelle Mahool


Recent Research from the CHR:
Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry
By Jeanne Varney
Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index (CHSB), a ten-year effort led by Greenview and published exclusively by the Center for Hospitality Research to develop industry benchmarks for greenhouse gases, water use, and energy consumption.
A Hybrid Approach to Short-term Rentals
By Robert Gregor
A small hotel in Lake George, NY promotes their property both through traditional hotel channels and by listing the property’s rooms on Airbnb.
Global Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Trends
By Chekitan Dev
A lively discussion with Hari Nair of Expedia Group around ten major travel trends in the changing world of hospitality, travel, and tourism.
Consolidating the $50 Billion U.S. Short-term Rental Market: How PropCos Can Help Best-in-Class OpCos Scale and Institutionalize the Asset Class
By F. Philip Lólis, Mike Scott, and Clay Dickinson
Published jointly with the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, this white paper makes a case for consolidating the short-term rental market.
Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index 2023
By Eric Ricaurte and Jagarajan Rehmaashini
The annual benchmarking research reveals a general decrease in energy and water usage among the participating hotels. The decrease is largely associated with the pandemic.

Please email Nicole McQuiddy-Davis, CHR Interim Director at


Making Sense of Religious and Disability Accommodations After Groff: Same Words Different Meanings / New Court Different Leanings
December 14, 2023 | 2pm Registration coming soon!
Dave Sherwyn ’86 (ILR), JD ’89, John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, Academic Director of the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, Cornell University
Ilene Berman ’86 (ILR), Founding Partner Continuum Legal Group LLP

DE&I Labor & Employment Roundtable By invitation only.
January 23, 2024
Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Topics discussed:
• DE&I after Harvard
• UNC: Religious & Disability Accommodations after Groff
• New NLRB Laws & LA Hotels’ Strikes / Negotiations
Contact for more information.

18th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference
2024 Registration open!
April 29–May 1, 2024
Atlanta, GA
We are pleased to announce that the National HR in Hospitality Conference will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta!

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. Check out the Conference Highlights!

Missed our most recent webinar?
Check out the recording here:
Navigating the Talent Disruption: Leveraging AI to Operate the Hotel of the Future

Please email Natalie Oldfield, CIHLER Program Manager at


Introducing our Real Estate Professionals in Residence!
CREF is excited to announce the launch of the Real Estate Professionals in Residence program (REP), starting Spring 2024!
This program will bring real estate and finance industry experts onto campus for one-on-one meetings with students. Stay tuned for details on how to schedule your meeting!
Susan Furbay ’96, Hospitality Real Estate and Financing Professional
• Hospitality real estate development
• Hospitality RE financing
• Consulting and business development for third-party management
Meet with Susan

Nolan Hecht ’97, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate, Certares Management
• Hospitality real estate acquisitions
• Hospitality RE asset management
• Hospitality finance/capital markets
Meet with Nolan

David Hirschberg, Managing Director, H.I.G. Realty Partners
• Real estate fund management
• Private equity
Meet with David

David Jubitz ’04, President, Clearview Hotel Capital
• Hospitality real estate investment
• Private equity
• Hospitality management
Meet with David

Scott Singer ’94 (A&S), Principal, Co-Lead of Tri-State (NYC) Debt & Equity Finance
Avison Young
• Debt & equity financing for both development and existing properties
• NYC asset of all types and sizes
Meet with Scott

Jacob Wright, MBA ’22, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Skyward Hospitality
• Hotel development
• Equity/debt/construction financing
• Asset management
Meet with Jacob

Please email Liz Cunningham, CREF Program Manager at


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PIHE Advisory Board Meeting
January 12, 2024
By invitation only.

Please email Michelle (Ciaschi) Mahool, PIHE Program Manager, at


CIHF Holiday Lunch
All members of the CIHF community are invited to our Holiday Lunch on Thursday, December 7 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM in the CIHF suite in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any food allergies here. RSVP at We hope to see you there!

DEA 1112 Change-making: Designing Healthy and Hospitable Environments
Winter Session 2024 Course
Dates: January 2-19,2024
Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, online
Credits: 3, no prerequisites.
Instructors: Nooshin Ahmadi, Brooke Hollis, Heather Kolakowski
This course is an opportunity to explore ways of applying design thinking, hospitality customer service, and facility planning/design to impact personal and work environments. It is a great way for you to explore different areas of study during the winter session without conflicts with other courses. In this multidisciplinary program, you’ll explore design innovations and their impact on hospitality, healthcare management, senior living, and other areas. You’ll learn how good design can improve consumer experiences, organizational operations, and even medical outcomes. Through case studies and hands-on projects, you’ll explore “design thinking,” architecture, and planning. You’ll also delve into using design and creative processes to improve business operations. In addition, you’ll interact with leaders from design, health care, and hospitality fields, participate in virtual site visits to health and/or hospitality operations on campus, and learn about careers that cut across design and other fields. This introductory program is open to designers and non-designers alike. No artistic abilities are required. You’ll emerge with new skills and a fresh perspective on how design can elevate our moods, extend our lifespans, and help affect positive change.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Heather Kolakowski at Please consider sharing with your classmates who might be looking for an engaging elective during the winter session. For more information and to enroll, visit

Save the Date!
Spring CIHF Roundtable: Mental Health and Wellness
Join us Friday, March 22nd, 2024, for our Spring Roundtable on mental health and wellness. More information to come!

Healthy Features Minor
All undergraduate students are welcome to pursue a minor in Healthy Futures. This innovative transdisciplinary focused minor may be of particular interest to students enrolled in design, health, wellness, policy, and hospitality-related majors.
More information:


Food Access Research Atlas
The USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas estimates how far people travel to buy healthy groceries. For any given Census tract, the project’s interactive map and downloadable data indicate the number of residents living within 0.5, 1, 10, and 20 miles of “the nearest supermarket, supercenter, or large grocery store.” They provide similar counts for each tract’s low-income residents, children, seniors, people without vehicle access, SNAP recipients, and race/ethnicity.


Prepare to hurdle the obstacles that have held you back from The Culinary Institute of America studies you’ve been dreaming of!
Worried about financing? The Jeanne Kanders Culinary Institute of America Support Fund may cover all or most of your expenses for a CIA Immersion or CIA Semester program.
Not sure what you are getting into? Let me connect you with other students who have participated and hear their firsthand accounts.
Afraid to miss out? No other opportunity will enhance both your personal and professional skills, expose you to the nuances of food at scale, add depth to your Cornell studies, and be lots of fun too!
Need more information? Contact the program director ( to have all your questions answered.
The application link is now live for May 2024 CIA Immersion and January 2025 CIA Semester and CIA Degree studies!
SHA/CIA Alliance Application. Use fee waiver code “CIACORNELL”. The application closes on January 31, 2024.


Restaurant Development Concept Fair
Tuesday, December 5, 12:30-3:00 pm
Ten student teams from the Restaurant Development class (HADM 4510/5510) will be presenting/pitching the restaurant concepts that they have been developing throughout the semester. Their goal is simple… solicit feedback and “investment” from peers and industry experts.
Come rub shoulders with industry investors/experts and take the opportunity to become a restaurant “investor” yourself. Listen, ask questions, provide feedback, and then “invest”. The amount of “investment” each group receives for their concept factors (to a small degree) into their project grade. “Investment” details will be provided at the event.

Annual Holiday Cookie Walk
Wednesday, December 13, 9 am
Starts in 142 Statler Hall
Please notify Lisa Rhoads at if your office/department would like to host a Cookie Station. Your location will be added to the Cookie Walk Map!
Cookie Walk Maps, Hot Chocolate/Coffee/Tea, and cookie collection containers will be provided!
Back again this year: Cookie Display Decoration Contest!
Put some thought & creativity into your cookie stations. Voting will take place via email survey with pictures that will be sent to everyone! The winning office/department gets bragging rights & a trophy.
Please be sure to follow proper fire safety guidelines: