Neil Tarallo

Neil Tarallo

  • Senior Lecturer

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Faculty Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Innovation
  • Family Business
  • Technology Strategy
  • Management and Organizations
  • Leadership


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration


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Neil Tarallo is a seasoned active innovator, entrepreneur, academic, and consultant with a proven track record of bringing real-world experiences to students and organizations on a global stage through in-person and virtual deliveries.

Tarallo previously served as the director of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Disabled Veterans (EBV), which offers entrepreneurship education to post-9/11 veterans and three times as the academic director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

When he's not teaching, Tarallo works with organizations to help create new markets through the application of a proprietary, data-driven, innovation process that engages all levels of an organization to create new value propositions for customers and a competitive advantage for the organization. This innovation process includes training programs as well as assisting organizations in creating processes that encourage and reward innovation. Along the way, he has developed expertise in establishing culture, mindset, and structure for organizations designed to spur market-driven innovation & entrepreneurial activity.

Tarallo's research is in the execution and testing of elements within innovation and entrepreneurship in a real-world context. He brings together very specific data-driven research in innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship creating easy-to-understand, executable innovation programs. These programs emphasize organizationally sustainable processes focused on monetizing solutions derived in design thinking and innovation activities.

Tarallo has taught and created a broad spectrum of innovation and entrepreneurship courses for delivery in the classroom and online with significant experience developing corporate and academic programs, including centers, institutes, and laboratories dating back to 1994. Multiple in-person engagements in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East have allowed him to observe and impact innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship in organizations, cultures, and economies outside of the United States. These experiences have broadened his repertoire, increased the value he delivers in the classroom, and expanded the value he delivers to corporate clients.

Awards and Honors

  • Boots to Business Instructor of the Year (2016) U.S. Small Business Administration
  • NYS Venture Connect Campus Connector Award (nomination) (2015) New York State Venture Connect
  • Syracuse University Meredith Teaching Award Nomination (2010) Syracuse University

Recent Courses

  • HADM 4144/HADM 6144 - Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • HADM 4130/HADM 6130 - Entrepreneurial Management
  • HADM 6911 - Hospitality Immersion II
  • HADM 7410 - Hospitality Strategic Management
  • HADM 4140/HADM 6140 - Innovation and Corporate Renewal

Academic Degrees

  • MBA Syracuse University, 1994
  • BS Ithaca College, 1982

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