Cornell Hospitality Thought Leadership

The Cornell Hospitality Thought Leadership Series, established in 2016, is a platform for industry executives and academics to engage in discussion and share expertise on the most important topics facing hospitality and travel today.

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) will host panels in cities across the nation, addressing a different trending issue at each event. The panels will be moderated by an SHA faculty expert, and include respected leaders in the hospitality and travel industries.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Panel

A dynamic panel of senior level women leaders representing sectors across the hospitality industry convened to discuss the topic of brand loyalty on April 11, 2016.



Kathy LaTour

Associate Professor of Services Marketing,
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration


Elizabeth Blau, MS '14

Founder and  CEO,
Blau + Associates

Suzanne Boda

Suzanne Boda

Senior Vice President,
Hubs and Gateways, American Airlines

Janet Brashear

Janet Brashear

Managing Director and
Head of Hospitality and Travel Practice,
Accenture Strategy

Vicki Freed

Vicki Freed

Senior Vice President,
Sales and Trade Support
and Service,
Royal Caribbean International

Lisa Holladay

Lisa Holladay

Vice President,
Global Brand Marketing,
The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Company


Questex Hospitality Group

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces


Hilton Worldwide

USA Today


InterContinental Hotels Group

To participate as a corporate sponsor, contact Jennifer Macera '13, associate director of corporate and foundation relations: 607.255.3101 or