The entrepreneurs roundtable featured CEOs, academics, students, and others well-versed in working with new businesses.
“We are all entrepreneurs of our own lives and careers. We make endless choices: where to live, what job to take, whom to marry, how to save versus spend our money. Entrepreneurship is really creating the life you want. The more you know about entrepreneurship, the better you will …
Veterans make their vision a reality through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
By Ryan Nowicki ’16 and Shirley Zhang ’18
In the fall of 2014, in the halls of the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), a …
By Sandi Mulconry
Kenneth Fearn received that advice from his mentor, commercial real estate icon John Cushman, and took it to heart, founding Integrated Capital, a hotel-focused, private real estate advisory and investment firm, in 2004.
Now, as a participant in the …
By Sandi Mulconry
At cafes where the drinks are delicious but culture is king, Nick Bayer, A&S ’00, founder and chief executive officer of Saxbys Coffee, seeks to “make life better” for his 20,000 daily guests.
Saxbys is not your typical coffee shop—it’s …
MBA Student Creates New Evaluation Tool for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
By Sherrie Negrea
Saniya Gandhi, MBA ’15 arrived at the Johnson School in the summer of 2013 with one goal in mind: to work in the field of hotel development.
A native of Thailand, Gandhi had just spent three years managing the design and development of a family-owned hotel in the heart of Bangkok. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a major in economics and South Asian studies, she had explored architecture at Harvard for a summer but found her passion for hotels after working on her family’s new venture.
“With hotel development, I was able to use both my analytical and creative sides,” she says.”It was the perfect blend for me.”
It’s not a surprise that Gandhi, coming from an entrepreneurial family, sought out The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at SHA, a few months after she enrolled at Johnson. Working with Mona Anita Olsen ’04, the institute’s assistant academic director, she created the foundation of a mentor network to connect hotel students and SHA alumni. In January, Olsen reached out to Gandhi to conduct an independent study project collaborating with The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW), a consortium of 430 luxury hotels worldwide.