Updates from the Directors

The Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship typically publishes updates from its directors a few times each year. You can view all past updates below. Additionally, you can see all of PIHE’s news and features on BusinessFeed.

Linda Canina

Linda Canina

Academic co-director of the Pillsbury Institute; professor of finance 607.255.8051
David Sherwyn

David Sherwyn

Academic co-director of the Pillsbury Institute; John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources 607.255.1711

December 2021

As we wind down in Ithaca, we wish to thank our Board Members and other stakeholders for making the Pillsbury Institute a success in trying times. Despite limitations on travel and in School events, PIHE was able to have another event filled semester. Our kick-off in September had such a large turnout that we were forced to move from the 130 seat classroom to the 800 seat auditorium – scrambling for space never felt so good! Our Pitch Deck competition began with 30 teams and our judges helped narrow it down to the top four. Our Hospitality Hackathon with Hilton and Salesforce/Tableau featured 22 teams comprising over 100 students who spent an entire weekend working on solving several challenging issues our industry has been facing since the start of the pandemic. It was thrill to watch the student’s energy and commitment. We now look forward to our Business Plan Competition which is underway and promises to bring more innovative and interesting ideas. All of these activities are supported by our Entrepreneurs in Residence Program where 13 professionals interacted and met with more than 150 students. Next semester we hope to continue with current and new initiatives. We thank you for all your support and wish you a Happy Holiday and joyful New Year!

David Sherwyn and Linda Canina, current co-directors


PIHE co-directors' previous updates

Below are previous messages from the current academic directors of the Pillsbury Institute.


Previous Director's Updates

Below are previous director’s messages from academic directors of the Pillsbury Institute.

Neil Tarallo, former director


Susan Fleming, former interim director


Mona Anita K. Olsen ’04, former director


Neil Tarallo, former director