As we close out our 2013-2014 academic year, it’s time to reflect on the results of our efforts to align our operations to make a difference in the industry around three core facets at the foundation of our operations: engagement, education, and experiential learning. It has been a semester of engagement and this newsletter highlights the spring programming that supported the entrepreneurial academic curriculum of SHA.

This semester we saw a continued increase in our enrollment numbers in our entrepreneurship courses and the launch of two new courses, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Technology for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurship. The Fall 2014 Conversations with Entrepreneurs Course Speakers have been announced; I am looking forward to working with such a fantastically talented group of entrepreneurs as they share their journeys in class. This upcoming summer, Technology for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurship will be offered through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Programs.

Connect Entrepreneurial Hotelies Mentor Network officially launched in January 2014. The Connect Entrepreneurial Hotelies Network is a mentorship platform created to engage entrepreneurs at all states of ideation to drive innovation in the hospitality industry. We are currently looking for mentors and mentees to participate. Become engaged: the next application deadline for participation as a mentor/mentee is June 10, 2014.

The Hospitality Business Plan Competition was a success during HEC weekend. Through Slice of Insight Socials, we were able to welcome many of our Advisory Board Members to campus to share their journeys and advice with students. At the Celebration conference in April, we welcomed back alumni to share their insight and wisdom during two panels: Cornell to Career and Entrepreneurial Women in the Hospitality Industry.

We are in the process of finalizing details for our 2014-2015 planning of education, engagement, and experiential learning programming in support of our mission to support the entrepreneurial academic entrepreneurial curriculum of SHA. Become engaged by identifying entrepreneurial alumni that you think would be impactful in our mission here.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mona Anita K. Olsen, PhD | SHA ‘04 |
Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Academic Director of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship