Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA

  • 2020: January 13 – 23 or May 4 – 14
  • 2021: January 18 – 28 or May 10 – 20

The General Managers Program is a transformational learning experience for elite hotel general managers and their immediate successors. GMP elevates decision-makers with the power of strategic thinking through a rigorous face-to-face experience with renowned faculty and industry peers on the campus of the world’s leading school for hospitality management.  Over the past 36 years, the Cornell GMP has hosted more than 1,900 participants representing 120+ countries.

“Executive learning at its highest level. Wow, wow, wow! It was such an amazing feeling, to be in the company of such experienced hotel professionals. It was a humbling journey, which featured diversity, as learning moments came from all directions. World class leadership, world class campus, and world class professors who are committed to their crafts.”

-Lenny Cumberbatch, General Manager, St. Lucia

As an experienced hospitality professional, you know that the industry is constantly evolving. To be successful, you must lead your team with purpose, embrace the industry’s evolutionary path, and seek opportunities to keep your organization at the forefront. Through GMP, you will hone strategic thinking skills, explore how to create value, and plan for future action to tackle business challenges and opportunities.


Develop Strategic Insights. Earn a Credential. Grow Your Career.


Growth, rejuvenation, networking, knowledge, and unmatched hospitality await you at Cornell’s General Managers Program.

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Eligible industry professionals include world-wide, full-service hotel general managers and their immediate successors.

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Explore topics such as leadership, managing change, competitive advantage, human resources, marketing, finance and asset management.

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Join the largest community of hospitality Cornellians in the world.

GMP participants become affiliate members of the Cornell Hotel Society, a global network of Cornell alumni. With over 50 chapters around the world, the CHS member network offers networking, industry engagement, recruitment opportunities and more.

Cornell Hotel Society

Get a glimpse of GMP from the eyes of your participant peers and renowned Cornell faculty.

Salvador Lucena

"A unique opportunity to make a pit stop in my career, to reassess my goals and objectives by listening to a great group of faculty and exchanging ideas with a fantastic group of very smart professionals from a wide variety of nationalities – a must do experience, truly worthwhile!"

Salvador Lucena, General Manager, Portugal

Seeking Sponsorship From Your Company

In today’s ever-changing world, investing in employees is one of the most critical things a company can do to stay competitive. Many companies sponsor high-potential employees to attend GMP.

News & Highlights

March 5, 2019

Richard Adie ’75, retired Statler GM, offers advice for fellow hotel general managers

Retired Statler Hotel General Manager Rick Adie ’75 reflects on his experiences as a GM and his interactions with executive education participants.

June 18, 2018

Tips for following trends in the ever-changing hospitality industry

It’s no secret that the hospitality industry is constantly evolving. Here are five tips to help you follow industry trends and stay up to date when your career depends on it.

March 13, 2018

Turning classroom lessons into world-class service with GMP

More than any other aspect of GMP, participants consistently rank their classroom experience at or near the top of the list. Why? When you immerse lifelong learners in the most relevant educational experience they’ve ever had, GMP becomes an investment in yourself.

Contact Us

Cornell Executive Education

Phone: +1 607.255.4919
Fax: +1 607.277.0517

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
209 Dryden Road, 4th Fl.
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA