Professional Development Program (PDP) Reviews

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Laxmi Todiwan

Professor & HOD (Accommodations), AIH
The Park Hotels, India


These programs have been some of the best that I have attended in my career.

‘Back to School’ was what the PDP at Cornell did to me- providing a great platform for learning, ideating and knowledge sharing with the very best hospitality professionals from around the globe. The content was up to date and relevant. I simply admire the knowledge and enthusiasm of the professors. The illustrious faculty Prof. Cathy Enz and Ali Kasikci shared many concrete real life examples ...

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Caroline Spatz

General Manager
Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama


With the PDP program, you book a time trip at the same time - "back to School". The contents are by no means outdated, but very up-to-date and exciting. The organization and everything around the lessons is super pleasant and allows a great stay on site. Also interesting are the possibilities to make international contacts - distributed all over the world. Many thanks for everything.


Philipp Schleife

Reservations Manager
Kempinski Hotels


It is an intensive course not only in the classroom but also in terms of networking

PDP 2016 is a great tool for Executive Education. I went for the entire certificate in Strategic Financial Management of Hotels and took away not only educational input but also international contacts from hospitality professionals, investment bankers, hotel property owners and development companies. It is an intensive course not only in the classroom but also in terms of networking. I returned...

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Francine Dusabemariya

Master Trainer
Rwanda Polytechnic, Rwanda TVET Trainer Institute (RTTI)


Through PDP 2018, I got friends from different corners of the world and I believe this will boost my career.

The PDP 2018 is the most important professional development program I have never attended.

It was very exciting, I learnt more through sharing experience and true stories with different businessmen and business women from worldwide. Through PDP 2018, I got friends from different corners of the world and I believe this will boost my career.

About career platform, I acquired huge competen...

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Kristin Viotto

Holland America Line


This course has allowed me to better reflect on myself more as a leader and has extended me more tools to better motivate myself and team members.


Fernando Barbachano Ortega

Commercial Manager
Mayaland Resorts


It was a very intense two weeks with, with a lot of information to process. I'm coming back home with hundreds of new ideas to apply on my business and and with a much more expanded vision about the hospitality industry.


Abbas Elbawi

Alinmaa Real Estate


It's become a part of my life and I've been waiting for it for many years. It's my main tool to manage change in my enterprise.


Jeremie de Fombelle

General Manager
LUX* Resorts and Hotels


Thank you for 2 weeks of amazing learning in the best hotel school in the world. The learning experience about innovation from Neil Tarallo was the best I ever had in 20 years in the hospitality industry.


Alfred Eeltink

Director of Sales & Marketing
Hotel Facility Concepts


The Entrepreneurship and Innovation program offers a world class opportunity to get engaged in building the next generation of hospitality! Great professors, innovative cases and entertaining courses/classes. I could highly recommend it.


Gary Hoffert

Regional Vice President
Canalta Hotels


The Tools for Corporate Entrepreneurs and Innovators with Neil Tarallo was outstanding. He introduced us to real functional tools that we can put to work right away. Time was given in class to work through the templates. I truly believe the business model canvas will help our business innovate!


Laura Prentice

Director of Events
The Dorchester


Amazing experience in every way possible.


Agustin Cortes

Chief Operations Manager
Sandos Hotels & Resorts


Fantastic program and professors.


Anika Kastner

Restaurant Operations Manager
Seabourn Cruise Line


It has been a wonderfully educating experience, anytime again and again. I took a lot out of it. Time flew by too fast.


Ludaymer Lugo

Director of Finance
Holiday Inn Aruba


The best way to learn how to be an excellent leader.


Prakash Krishnamurthy

Senior Development Manager
AccorHotels Services UK&I


The best thing I learned about leadership is Rule #6.


Nicolas Wernitz

PKF Hotelexperts


Kate Walsh was a great professor and gave us first hand knowledge about leadership styles and what the effect on others is.


Ariadna Reverter Cardona

Manager Trainee
The Roger Smith Hotel


Amazing experience where I learned a lot. Great instructors and nice and friendly staff and people. I will definitely recommend it. Great idea to be 3 days intense course. Useful and practical for life.


Pablo Ybarra

Rooms Division Manager
Grand Tikal Futura Hotel Guatemala City


Two weeks of intensive program, but meeting all these professional and high level faculties is worth it. I look forward to continuing next year and so on.


Seth Williams

Head of Asian Capital Markets
Aimbridge Hospitality


Professor deRoos's Advanced Real Estate Investment PDP course is the most valuable professional development activity I have participated in. Highly recommended for analysts or executives in the hospitality industry who want to take their skills to the next level. Jan is a rock star!


Sergio Hernandez Pozos

Training Manager
Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport


Such an amazing experience that you must live once in a lifetime as a hotelier professional!


Glenn Cowley

Manager, Onboard Marketing
Holland America Line


For the first time, after completing a development course, I am actually excited to be bringing back what I have learned to my company. Five star.


Andrea D'Angelo

Consultant Hotel Operation
TeamWork SRL


Cathy Enz really number one!!!


Maja Milanoska

Guest Relations Manager
Holland America Line


The power is in the beginnings!


Luca Melone

Hotel Director
Costa Crociere


Everything excellent.


Alessandro Marossa

Hotel Director
Costa Crociere


The professionalism that I could find at Cornell was impressive. The organization, methods and professors knowledge and capability was impressive and up to date. Enriched by know how and WHAT HOW. Has been a pleasure.