By Sherrie Negrea
Every three weeks, Dajana Gjoza ’16 calls Anne Loehr ’90, a leadership development consultant in Washington, D.C., and over the next hour, they talk about entrepreneurship and how Gjoza can start her own business.
Three months after their conversations began, Gjoza has already started creating a business plan for her proposed wedding planning company. “It’s just been really great to learn from Anne, because she’s had so much experience in entrepreneurship,” says Gjoza, who plans to meet Loehr when she visits campus this fall to speak in a course called Conversations with Entrepreneurs.
The Connect Entrepreneurial Hotelies Mentor Network is one of several new initiatives launched by the The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at SHA. This fall, the institute will sponsor a Faculty Fellows Program funded by a grant from the Coleman Foundation, which will enable three professors at Cornell to introduce entrepreneurship training education in their courses.