Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards

The annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards is the School of Hotel Administration's premier fundraising event, and a celebration to honor visionary leaders in hospitality, business, and philanthropy. Contributions to the event support the school's annual fund, which provides key funding to scholarships and programs. The next celebration will take place on June 7, 2016.

The Cornell Icon of the Industry 

The Cornell Icon of the Industry Award honors the lifetime achievements of hospitality and travel industry visionaries, for their professional and philanthropic contributions that have transformed the global industry and society.


Barry S. Sternlicht



Barry S. Sternlict
Chairman & CEO
Starwood Capital Group

The Mariani Family

Tom Pritzker

The Tisch Family


The Mariani Family & 
Banfi Vintners

James Mariani MBA '91
Virginia Mariani-Kitt '82
Harry Mariani
Cristina Mariani-May
John Mariani '54 (not pictured)


Tom Pritzker
Executive Chairman,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation


The Tisch Family 
James S. Tisch '75 
Andrew H. Tisch '71 
Jonathan M. Tisch

The Hilton Family

Charles F. Fenney '56

J.W. Marriott, Jr.


The Hilton Family &
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Charles F. Feeney '56 
Co-Founder, Duty Free Shoppers;
Founding Chairman, The Atlantic Philanthropies


J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Chairman & CEO
Marriot International, Inc.

The Cornell Hospitality Innovator 

The Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award honors extraordinary leaders who have created, built or sustained contemporary, market-leading innovation in hospitality and travel enterprises. View past Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award recipients.