Previous Socials

Fall 2017

September 14, 2017 - Pitch and Switch: A Pillsbury Institute Speed Networking Event

  • Pillsbury Facilitators: Sherri Kimes and Neil Tarallo
  • John Alexander '74, MBA '76, Founder, the CBORD Group
  • Valerie Ferguson, Director of Hotels and Resorts Experience Planning and Integration, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • Micah Green '18, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maidbot
  • Nat Green '13, Founder, 518
  • Meli James '00, President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association
  • Ashwin Kamlani, MMH '03, Executive Vice President of Hospitality, Kognitiv
  • Klaus Kohlmayr, Chief Evangelist, IDeaS
  • Michael Lukianoff, MMH '00, Chief Analytics Officer, Fishbowl Marketing Analytics
  • Oliver Meinzer, Vice President, Global Operations, Digital and Mobile Guest Services, Marriott International
  • Linda Pouliot, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dishcraft Robotics
  • Matt Tucker, Chief Operating Officer, Olo

Spring 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Meet & Repeat: A Speed Networking Event

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Susan Fleming, PhD '10
  • Charles Bililies '06, Founder and CEO, Souvla
  • Chris Gaulke, Lecturer, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • Susan Guerin '83, CEO, World Finer Foods
  • Mr. Dana Koteen, Managing Partner, Restaurant Reason
  • Tora Matsuoka, Principal, Seasoned Hospitality
  • Abe Ng '95, Founder and CEO, Sushi Maki
  • Jake Phipps, CEO, Phipps & CO.
  • Juliette Samson '82, CIO and VP of Supply Chain, World Finer Foods
  • Vincent Slaugh, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Meet & Repeat: A Speed Networking Event

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Mark McCarthy
  • Andrew Bate, CEO, SafelyStay
  • Adam Berk '01, Vice President & Partner, HiTouch Business Services
  • Marcus Brooks, CTCL Coordinator, Cornell University
  • Flint Davis, Partner & President, WeaveUp
  • Sarah Kennedy Ellis, Vice President Global Marketing & Strategice Development, Sabre
  • Ian Ford, CEO, Undercover Tourist
  • Gary Hasty, Director of Strategy & Innovation, CISSP CHIA, AT&T Enterprise Solutions
  • Christopher Hemmeter, Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
  • Melialani James '00, President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association
  • Kubs Lalchandani '99, JD '04, Co-founder & Partner, Lalchandani Simon PL
  • Jeff Lipton '10, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Ben Littauer, Advisory Board Member, The Capital Network
  • Felix Litvinsky, Managing Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell University
  • Jake Phipps, CEO, Phipps & Co.
  • Lee Pillsbury '69, Chairman & CEO, Thayer Lodging Group
  • Rebecca Robinson '07, MBA '15, Director of Business Development, WayBlazer
  • Jules Sieburgh '73, Principal, Jules A Sieburgh, LLC
  • Thomas Yagoda, Director of Operations, Gato

Fall 2016

November 14, 2016 - Meet & Repeat: A Speed Networking Event

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Jeanne Varney
  • Zhijian Jack Hu, MMH '03, Shanghai Hongque Information Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Sarah Holst Kjaer, Stockholm University
  • Willy Legrand, IUBH School of Business Management, Bonn, Germany
  • Felix Litvinsky, Blackstone Launchpad, Cornell University
  • Jerre Riggs '02, Benjamin's Desk & FirstBase
  • Hanne Viken, University College of Southeast Norway
  • Zoe Wu '93, MPS '94, Horwath HTL
  • Yuquan Zhou, Central Trust Investment Consultants

September 13, 2016 - Pillsbury Institute Networking Event: The Growing Ithaca Food Scene: Various Paths for Entrepreneurial Distribution of Local Products

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Mary MacAusland
  • Samantha Abrams, Emmy's Organics
  • Ian Gaffney, Emmy's Organics
  • Chris Kirby, Ithaca Hummus
  • Douglass Miller, Food and Beverage Management, School of Hotel Administration
  • Tora Matsuoka, Seasoned Hospitality
  • Heather Sanford, The Piggery
  • Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations, Cornell College of Business

Spring 2016

April 25, 2016 - Meet and Repeat: Speed Networking

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Jeanne Varney
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Diana Dobin, President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Valley Forge Fabrics
    • Emily Gottschalk '82, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Garr Group
    • Amiee Inman, Design Director, La Paz Group
    • Crist Inman, MBA '90, PhD '97, Founder and Managing Partner, La Paz Group
    • David Jerome, Consultant, MCA
    • Walker Lunn '03, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Grid Waste
    • Elizabeth Martyn '07, Founder and Principal, Sophos Hospitality Consulting
    • Karli Miller-Hornick '12, Manager, Farmigo
    • Jenni Moon '10, Program Manager, Greenview
    • Michael Turback '66, Founding Partner, The NEW YORK FIRST Company
    • Victor Younger, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

April 14, 2016 - Slice of Insight Social

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Cheryl Stanley
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Eric Clemons '04, Owner, Coeur Wine Company
    • Ken Fearn, Managing Partner, Integrated Capital
    • Meli James '00, President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Head of New Ventures, Sultan Ventures
    • Ben Littauer '78, Angel Investor, Boston Harbor Angels
    • Brian McKenzie '99, President and Owner, Finger Lakes Distilling
    • Elizabeth Martyn '07, Founder and Principal, Sophos Hospitality Consulting
    • David Pittard '04, Proprietor, Buttonwood Grove Winery
    • Sam Sezak '98, Chairman and Co-founder, Red Bear Angels and Partner, Blue Heron Capital
    • Chris Wilkerson '95, Senior Managing Partner, Praxis Summit and President and CEO, High Bar Capital

April 12, 2016 - Meet and Repeat: Speed Networking with Tech Industry Innovators

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Mark McCarthy
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Marco Benevuti, MMH '05, Co-founder and Chief Analytics and Product Officer, Duetto
    • Paul Budak, Chief Operating Officer, BCV
    • Maureen Cushing, Vice President of Technology and Processes, Union Square Hospitality Group
    • Ian Ford, Chief Executive Officer, UndercoverTourist.com
    • Larry Hall '81, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Services Group, LLC
    • Lauren Hobbs, Director of Marketing, Union Square Hospitality Group
    • Ashwin Kamlani, MMH '03, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Regatta Travel Solutions
    • Ben Littauer '78, Angel Investor, Boston Harbor Angels
    • Josh Ogle '08, Co-Founder, The Original Agency
    • Katelyn O'Shaughnessy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TripScope
    • Lawrence Stanley, Founder and President, Cap-X Group
    • Joe Tagliente '89, Partner and Principal, Lenrock Management Group
    • Steve Thomson '82, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mailboxes Unlimited
    • Josh Weiss, VP of Guest Technology Innovation, Hilton Worldwide
    • Andrew Whitmore '02, Information Systems Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

February 25, 2016 - Slice of Insight Social

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Andrew Quagliata
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Molly Crist '10, Founder, Onward Travel
    • Barbara Lang '78, MPS '04, Founder, B. Lang Consulting
    • Lily Peachin '99, Founder and Owner, Dandelion Wine
    • Sara Yun '13, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Phoodieur

Fall 2015

November 18, 2015 - Meet and Repeat: Speed Networking

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Ben Lawrence
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Bill Daviau '09, Co-founder and President, KriyaRevGEN
    • Stacey Edinger '95, Director of Content Strategy, University Communications & Marketing, Cornell University
    • Kenneth Fearn, Founder and Managing Partner, Integrated Capital
    • Robert Frisch MBA '13, Founder and Co-owner, Firelight Camps
    • Cindy Green '79, Co-founder and CEO, Kalibri Labs
    • Robert Gregor '00 Owner and Founder, Law offices of Robert Gregor; Gregor Hotels; and CrimDefenseGeek.com
    • Meli James '00, President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association
    • Warren Leeds '84, Co-founder and President, DartCor Management Services
    • Phil Miller '83, Managing Director, Philippus Miller
    • Sanjeev Misra '98, President & Senior Managing Director, Paramount Lodging Advisors
    • Alan Rae, Ph.D, Executive Director, IncubatorWorks
    • Michael Turback '66, Author, Restaurateur, Hospitality Consultant

October 28, 2015 - Slice of Insight Social

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Jeanne Varney
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Mairin Barnes, MMH '14, Founder, Sweet Whistle
    • Marisa Sergi '15, Founder, RedHead Wine
    • Steve Thomson '82, President and CEO, Mailboxes Unlimited

October 19, 2015 - Meet and Repeat: Speed Networking

  • Pillsbury Faculty Ambassador: Jeanne Varney
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
    • Karim Abouelnaga '13, Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect
    • Marco Benvenuti MMH '15, Chief Analytics and Product Officer, and Co-founder, Duetto
    • Victoria Dubin '82, Owner, Victoria Dubin Events
    • Rob Edell '12, Co-founder and CEO, Servy
    • Meryl Eriksen '07, Director of Food and Beverage, The Inns of Aurora
    • Field Failing MBA '12, Founder, Fields Good Chicken
    • Robert Guarino '96, CEO, 5 Napkin Burger
    • Steven Kay '94, Owner, Mel's Burger Bar
    • Phil Miller '83, Managing Director, Philippus Miller
    • Josh Morgan '99, Operating Partner, Aurify Brands
    • Spencer Rubin '08, Managing Partner, Melt Shop

Spring 2015

April 16, 2015

  • Moderator: Karim Abouelnaga '13 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Practice Makes Perfect
  • Joanne Barken '05 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Bach
  • Arthur Chang '07 and Grace Chang '08 Founders, Soarigami
  • Robert Gregor '00 Owner and Founder, Law offices of Robert Gregor; Gregor Hotels; and CrimDefenseGeek.com
  • Kira Kohrherr '01 Founder, K Public Relations and FitBump
  • Ana Perez '10 Co-founder, InSitu Works
  • Nikita Sarkar '06 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The NSN Group
  • Zeev Sharon '04 Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hotelied
  • J. Smoke Wallin '88 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Taliera
  • Gregory Woodworth '94 Co-founder, Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods

April 14, 2015 - Meet & Repeat: A Pillsbury Institute Speed Networking Event

  • Karim Abouelnaga '13 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Practice Makes Perfect
  • John Balen '82, '86 General Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Andrew Bate Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SafelyStay
  • Joe De Sena '90 Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Spartan Race
  • Ian Ford Chief Executive Officer, UndercoverTourist.com
  • Larry Hall '81 President and Chief Executive Officer, PAR Springer-Miller Systems
  • Ashwin Kamlani '03 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Regatta Travel Solutions
  • Felix Laboy '86 Chief Executive Officer, WayBlazer
  • Ben Littauer '78 Angel Investor, Boston Harbor Angels
  • Josh Ogle '08 Founder, Fresh Spin Advertising
  • Sam Pollaro Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Get Venga
  • Stacey Nadonly '05 Senior Vice President/Partner, HVS Global Hospitality Services
  • Jules Sieburgh '72, '74 Principal, Jules A. Sieburgh
  • Josh Weiss Vice President, Guest Technology Innovation, Hilton Worldwide
  • Ambassador (retired) Barry White US Ambassador to Norway

February 19, 2015 - Meet & Repeat: A Pillsbury Institute Speed Networking Event

  • Stephen Aspirino '04, Principal, S.A. Hospitality Innovations
  • Mairin Barnes '14, Founder, Sweet Whistle
  • Robert Frisch MBA '13, Founder, Firelight Camps
  • Emily Gottschalk '82, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Garr Group, Inc.
  • Leslie Kaplan, Co-founder, The Piping Gourmets
  • Steven Kay '94, Founder, Mel's Burger Bar
  • Kubs Lalchandani '04, Managing Partner, Lalchandani Simon
  • Adam Klausner BA '84, JD '84, Senior Lecturer, SHA and Owner, Adam Klausner, Esq.
  • Phil Miller '83, Managing Director, Philippus Miller III & Associates
  • Sarah Ploss, Entrepreneur In Residence, E@C and President, Willett Diary LLC
  • Kyle Reardon '06, '14, Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Firelight Camps
  • Joseph Tagliente '89, Managing Partner and President, Lenrock Management Group
  • Stephen Thomson '82, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mailboxes Unlimited
  • Bradley Weiss '03, Founder and Managing Member, Level B