Students attend the definitive industry conference

May 27, 2015

What’s more valuable to a student than learning from the best?

How about learning from the best and accompanying them to major events, where they can hear directly from—and network with—professionals at the forefront of industry?

hr-in-hospitality-conference-and-expo-2015The School of Hotel Administration (SHA) maintains connections to industry through involvement with major events like the HR in Hospitality Conference and Expo, a three-day symposium that consistently attracts top HR and employment and labor professionals from all sectors of the hospitality industry. What is it that makes this particular conference so significant?

Every industry offers unique implications for HR and employment and labor relations professionals, and hospitality is the world’s largest industry. This is also much of the raison d’être for the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) within SHA, which routinely sends a faculty delegation to the conference.

Professor David Sherwyn, academic director of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.

Professor David Sherwyn, academic director of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality
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The 9th annual HR in Hospitality Conference was held March 16-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. SHA attendees included Dean Michael Johnson, CIHLER academic director David Sherwyn, associate dean Michael Sturman, and Professor Bruce Tracey.

This year, ten students were chosen to attend the conference. All students enrolled in HADM 4810/ILRLR 4060: Labor Relations in the Hospitality Industry were invited to express interest in attending; each prospective attendee was then asked to write a short paragraph about why (s)he wanted to attend and what (s)he hoped to gain from the experience. The instructors then selected ten candidates, each of whom received support from CIHLER in the form of $1,000 for travel costs and passes to attend all three days of the conference.

HR in Hospitality is the top conference of its kind. The students were able to see what they learned in the classroom operationalized by the best of the industry.The students selected to attend were Davana Bolton ’16Dajana Gjoza ’16Maegan Krieger ’16Raul Muñoz ’16Amanda Cohen, ILR ’15Benjamin Halper, ILR ’15Danielle Kronenfeld, ILR ’15Kathrine Morin, ILR ’15Talia Nusbaum, ILR ’15, and Uche Onoh, ILR ’15.

Independently of the main conference agenda, SHA held events for Cornell-affiliated attendees to which the students were also invited. The first night of the conference, after the main networking reception, CIHLER hosted a dinner—with support from CIHLER partner Taylor English Duma LLP—for advisory and executive advisory board members. The following evening, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development welcomed the students to a reception featuring Dean Johnson and about 50 faculty, staff, and alumni representing SHA and the Cornell ILR School.

SHA's unique value proposition is the combination of academic expertise with real-world experiential learning and access to the best professional networks.“We are thrilled that CIHLER, SHA, and ILR are able to offer an opportunity like this to our students,” said Sherwyn. “HR in Hospitality is the top conference of its kind. Students interested in labor and employment relations in the hospitality industry are able to see what they learn in the classroom operationalized by the best of the industry.”

SHA’s unique value proposition is the combination of academic expertise with real-world experiential learning and access to the best professional networks. It’s a proven formula that has opened the door for generations of academic and industry leaders. SHA, CIHLER, and ILR are proud to invest in the future by continuing to sponsor student attendance at events like HR in Hospitality.