Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations Welcomes New Industry Advisors

Contact: Erica Heim, 607.255.6574, erh72@cornell.edu

Ithaca, NY, January 12, 2017 - The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration recently welcomed three new industry leaders to its advisory board. As advisory board members, they provide financial support to CIHLER and engage in the development of programming and research for the institute.

New advisory board members:

Nigel Beck is CEO of When Labs, focusing on developments to drive employee engagement, retention, and productivity. He is an entrepreneur with a track record of raising capital, patenting ideas, and globally scaling businesses and consortia. Earlier in his career, Beck became CTO of banking software startup Footprint, which was sold to IBM. At IBM, he set the direction for the first three versions of Websphere, and then moved into work spanning software and semiconductors around the Internet of Things. He later returned to IBM to do large mergers-and-acquisitions transactions and push into new markets. Beck is a charter member and on the board of the C100, a Silicon Valley non-profit for Canadian entrepreneurs.

Dana Kravetz is managing partner of Michelman & Robinson and leads the firm's Employment Litigation Practice Group. Kravetz focuses his practice on counseling and litigating on behalf of hotel and restaurant management, insurance companies, and automotive manufacturers, and has significant experience with virtually every aspect of employment litigation. Kravetz frequently handles whistleblower claims and routinely advises and litigates disputes concerning state and federal acts. He also assists companies faced with Department of Labor audits and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement claims and audits. Among Kravetz’s clients are prominent hotels, restaurants, and food and beverage wholesalers.

Linda Pouliot is founder and CEO of Dishcraft Robotics in San Carlos, California, a venture-backed startup that develops robots for commercial kitchens. In 2004, she co-founded Neato Robotics with the idea that robots can perform household chores as effectively as humans. At Neato, Pouliot was vice president of product management and operations where, in addition to product management and operations, she oversaw hiring and manufacturing. She also was COO of Adiri, where she worked on the internationally award-winning Adiri Natural Nurser. Pouliot has developed products for retail brands, including Disney, Banana Republic, and QVC, as director of operations at Gouda. She has been awarded multiple patents and international awards. Pouliot received her BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

"It's my pleasure to welcome Nigel Beck, Dana Kravetz, and Linda Pouliot to the CIHLER advisory board," said David Sherwyn, CIHLER academic director and the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources at the Hotel School. "With their combined breadth of expertise and industry reach, our board members contribute immeasurably to our research and programming. Dana's extensive practical experience in employment litigation, and Nigel and Linda's track records as accomplished, innovative entrepreneurs, make them outstanding assets to the CIHLER board."