Professional Development Program (PDP) Reviews

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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 The contents are by no means outdated, but very up-to-date and exciting.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.



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Stéphanie Paillart

Msc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
ESCP Europe Business School

★★★★★

I got international contacts from hospitality professionals, hotel property owners and development companies.

I had an amazing experience within the PDP program. This program will be a definitely great tool for my career. I got international contacts from hospitality professionals, hotel property owners and development companies. Teachers bring many concrete examples through story telling and make the class very dynamic. Thank you Cornell for everything I learnt during those 2 weeks.



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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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Alessandro Marossa

Hotel Director / Manager
Costa Cruise Line

★★★★★

A excellent experience that empowered my knowledge and know-how held by the most knowledgeble professionals in the business.



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Stefano Ferrari


★★★★★

This has been indeed an amazing experience at Cornell.

This has been indeed an amazing experience at Cornell. I had the chance to improve my competences and perform a very effective networking with several people and managers from all over the world. All courses I took were really professional and stimulating participation and active listening at the same time. Thank you again.
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Petra Fröderberg

Sales Manager
Scandinavian Hotels E-Commerce Center

★★★★★

Everything together made it an experience of a lifetime and I would recommend it to everyone!

One of the best things I´ve done in my life! The knowledge and the enthusiasm of the professors, the other participants that I would never have met if I didn´t come and the nature and surroundings at campus. Everything together made it an experience of a lifetime and I would recommend it to everyone!



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Andhy Irawan Kristyanto

C.E.O
DAFAM Hotel Management ( DHM )

★★★★★

Great Experience and study at Cornell with experts, useful to implement at my organization as well as share with my team.



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Ognjen Oro


Princess Cruises

★★★★★

The Leadership course that I attended was indeed inspirational experience

Leadership Course that I attended was indeed inspirational experience. Dean Kate Walsh lecturing style, structure of the course and participants involved, created unique creative energy that made me improve way of thinking and gave me more ideas how to improve my leadership style. I hope I will attend more PDP courses in future on this prestigious university.



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Fanny Coutant-Nevoux

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Msc in Hospitality and Tourism Management at ESCP Europe Business School

★★★★★

The PDP program is a comprehensive experience thanks to a combination of high-level classes and lecturers as well as the opportunity to meet worldwide hospitality professionals.

The PDP program is a comprehensive experience thanks to a combination of high-level classes and lecturers as well as the opportunity to meet worldwide hospitality professionals.
Also, Cornell's staff did his best to create a convivial atmosphere.
Undoubtedly, these two weeks in this campus will remain beneficial for my future career and opened my mind to a new vision.



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Matthew Koehler

Front Office Manager
Baur au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

★★★★

It was a pleasure to join the recent summer PDP. Especially the exchange with our colleagues and the program itself were great. Unfortunately the groups were sometimes too large and it was unproductive to place large groups of one company or enterprise in the same PDP class. That led to unproductive work and a high school atmosphere with grown ups.



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Sandro Merello

Fantastic experience
Princess Cruises

★★★★★

I did the course on Innovation with high expectations, and I must say that they were all met! Prof Enz is one of the smartest persons I have ever met, and she managed to keep our interest always to the highest level. I learn a lot that I am using daily as I am in a contest where we are going through a lot of changes. I wish I will be able to do more courses in the future, as I am sure that this...

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Harris Makun

Rooms Division Manager
The Wheatbaker Lagos

★★★★★

The quality of the classes were exceptional and the content of immense value.

It was another fun visit to the School of Hotel Administration for two more PDP programmes to complete my certification in Strategic Management. The quality of the classes were exceptional and the content of immense value. It would be criminal not to also mention the hospitality from Shara and her young Team. They pretty much had everything covered and didn't leave you with anything else to ...

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Thai Reznich

Senior Specialist, Guest Operations
Princess Cruises

★★★★★

Excellent, Prof. Alex Susskind did an incredible job with the course. Much appreciated and looking forward to hopefully participating again in the future.



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Sonia Orjuela

Executive Housekeeper
Holland America

★★★★★

I took Strategic Leadership and found this course really interesting, knowledgeable and very practical. I really enjoyed it.



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Ludovic Simon

Director of Food & Beverage
Hyatt

★★★★★

An amazing welcoming, organization and content delivered by an iconic hotelier, truly a memorable experience. Thank you for everything.



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Ana Chivite

Hotel Manager
MERCURE MADRID CENTRO HOTEL

★★★★

Everything was good, maybe a Little be short :)



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Just fantastic and Amazing!!!!!!



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Daniel Putzhammer

Director Food & Beverage Operations
Seabourn Cruise Line

★★★★★

Overall a very organized course that while containing a lot of organization was very interesting.



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Antonieta Pena

Sales and Marketing Manager
Grand Tikal Futura Hotel Guatemala City

★★★★★

The teachers and the content of the courses are very interesting

I am about to finish my certification this year and I have enjoyed every course of it!! I have learned so much and the courses really are applicable to my job and any further step in the future of my profesionnal career! The teachers and the content of the courses are very interesting and they keep you interested since you are pretty much all day in the classroom! Thank you Cornell for all I ha...

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NICOLINO GRIGIO

General Manager

★★★★★

Indeed it was the best decision I made for my career and will not hesitate to suggest the PDP Program to my colleagues

This was my second time attending the PDP Program (first time was Operations Decision-Making) and this time with the "Strategic Financial Management"; it was one of the best thing I could have done. It really gives you the correct idea on how to move forward with procedures and everything else related with financing. I had the opportunity to learn how to measure financial performance and value...

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Sarah Walsh

Front of House Manager
Red Carnation Hotels

★★★★★

My experience at Cornell University can be summed up in the words, “a once in a life time opportunity”.

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Arriving into the regional Tompkins Regional Airport in Ithaca, I was greeted by a friendly and helpful member of the PDP (Professional Development Program) staff and was transported to Statler Hotel (the training hotel of Cornell University). This level of warm welcome and genuine care set the tone for my two weeks at Cor...

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Neill Sharer

Food and Beverage Director
Princess Cruises

★★★★★

This course was one of the best things I have done not only in my career, but in my life!

This course was one of the best things I have done not only in my career, but in my life!

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and Cathy Enz was nothing short of brilliant!

I had a flight from Australia which lasted over 29 hours in total, usually I am usually kinda 'dying' for a couple of days after that, but Cathy kept me alive and awake due to her fantastic delivery of the course.

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Alejandre Ilaga

Executive Director
Colliers International Philippines Inc.

★★★★★

...the concepts are so compelling

Entered the program to learn the fundamentals of sustainable hotel operation and asset management since the concepts are so compelling. Not only did I learn, but I've met new friends and acquaintances that will connect me to the world and fulfill a common goal to apply these concepts and help those of us in the industry create a better place to stay. Kudos to the entire PDP team for bridging th...

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Jennifer Findlay

Founder
Core Essence

★★★★★

The investment was returned from the moment I arrived.

What a true privilege it was to be in the company of the faculty at Cornell. I found myself amongst a community of next level leaders and innovators sharing rich programming, tremendous knowledge and valuable insight from a unique lens. In addition, the opportunity to meet and connect with professionals from around the globe that are propelling the industry forward was truly invaluable. The ...

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Miguel Trapé

General Manager
Guitart Hotels

★★★★★

A truly remarkable experience both professionally and personally.

As always, being able to participate in the PDP program was a truly remarkable experience both professionally and personally. The professors helped me update my knowledge of the existing trends and novelties in hospitality management and I met a lot of first-class professionals who shared their experiences and were a pleasure to befriend. I have been attending the program since 2007 and hope to...

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