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

April 2021

Welcome to the new edition of PIHE Pulse, a newsletter produced by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE) at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. The updated look and feel of this newsletter will continue to provide you with the institute updates you’ve come to expect, but we will also focus on highlighting Cornell alumni and students who are making their mark on the hospitality industry, as well as provide you with some of the latest industry news on entrepreneurship and innovation. As always, you can look here for our upcoming events and to discover new ways to engage with us.

The spring semester is quickly coming to a close, and while this has been a year like no other, we were fortunate to have thrived in new, innovative ways. Our virtual world gave us the opportunity to engage with so many more industry leaders and alumni, greatly expanding our students’ access to brilliant mentors from all parts of the hospitality industry and the globe. With the click of a button, our Entrepreneurs in Residence could instantly connect with their student mentees over Zoom and offer additional and more flexible office hours, providing more time for deep and meaningful connections.

This year, we also introduced new programming, including the revival of the Conversations with Entrepreneurs course; a new course – Key Drivers for Making Innovation Happen; and, the brand new Experiential Networking Program—all three were highly acclaimed by the students and will return in the next academic year. Many of our in-person events were transformed into keynote webinars, featuring our board members, faculty experts, and other industry leaders, reaching an audience of over 6,000 viewers. And our signature annual event, the Hospitality Business Plan Competition, will once again be taking place virtually in a few days on Saturday, May 1st. Be sure to tune-in to watch the final teams compete for the grand prize of $25,000!

The year has truly been a whirlwind. Despite the challenges faced by so many, the amount of engagement from our students and the industry has been incredible and much more than we could have ever imagined—we thank each and every one of you for your continued support of PIHE. Of course, our successes would not have been possible without the unwavering support and dedication of our advisory board members and industry partners, and for them, we are so grateful.

We hope you will enjoy the PIHE Pulse!

-Linda Canina and David Sherwyn
Academic Co-Directors, PIHE


PIHE co-directors' previous updates

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

Linda Canina and David Sherwyn, current co-directors


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