In celebration of the tenth year of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, I am reflecting on the development of the institute and ten things that I am most thankful for as we define our goals for the next decade of entrepreneurial impact.
1.    Students: Engaging in our offerings with continuous curiosity, energy, and excitement.
2.    Advisory Board: Supporting the operations and advising our team on paths to further the development of the institute each year.
3.    Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador Program: Collaborating with faculty and staff from multiple disciplines to facilitate institute events and projects, expanding our hospitality entrepreneurship footprint creating innovative opportunities for our network.
4.    Entrepreneurs in Residence: Advising students in one-on-one sessions on their entrepreneurial journeys, whether relating to ideation or execution.
5.    Entrepreneurship Roundtables: Uniting academia and industry in engaged, thought provoking conversation to encourage development of the industry.
6.    Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition: Showcasing the ideas of our students and the power of SHA’s entrepreneurial education.
7.    Networking Events: Connecting students and the industry by building the entrepreneurial ecosystem through events such as Meet and Repeat: Speed Networking and Slice of Insight Socials.
8.    Lee and Mary Pillsbury: Initiating the creation of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship through their generous financial support and vision in addition to their continued engagement in the development of the vision forward.
9.    Entrepreneurship Concentration: Providing the framework for students to fully incorporate entrepreneurship into their SHA experience.
10.    Connect Entrepreneurial Hotelies Mentor Network: Mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs to navigate the entrepreneurial journey.
These supporters and programs are part of an expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows us to support entrepreneurial students. We encourage students to participate in at least one event or program per year with the institute to help them expand their entrepreneurial perspective.
As we begin the start of our next ten-year chapter, I challenge you to engage with us to create opportunities that will make a difference in the global hospitality industry. Learn more about getting involved.


Mona Anita K. Olsen, PhD ’04
Academic Director, Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship