Event Details
Region: Northeast
Chapter: Ithaca-Collegiate
When: Friday, March 13, 2020
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
United States
Contact: Name: Julia Li '
Email: hec@cornell.edu

Dear SHA alumni,
As we at Cornell, and you throughout the world, continue to work through uncertain and evolving circumstances, I hope that you, your families, and your professional and personal communities remain well. We in Ithaca are well, and Cornell’s leadership is working very hard to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 on both our campus community and our extended communities.
As many of you now know, our students will be completing the school year in virtual classrooms instead of returning to campus after spring break. Right now, however, I am so proud and excited to share that our HEC students have reimagined their entire program into the first-ever, global HEC event, where all alumni are invited to attend. The program will happen this Friday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. eastern daylight time. Please join our virtual audience and connect with your extended Hotelie family. This will be a truly special global event!
In addition, on Saturday, March 14, the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition will be streaming live from Statler Auditorium from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. Awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss it! This event is also the culmination of many months of effort on the part of the teams and the faculty, staff, and industry partners connected with the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.
As a final word, I want to share how proud I am of all of our students. In true Hotelie fashion, they have stepped up and embraced this challenge head-on. As managing director Julia Li ’20 wrote to her team, “At this time, it is more important than ever to remember our responsibilities as emerging leaders of the hospitality industry. We are dedicated to keeping our community safe and healthy, and to always provide the highest level of service in even the most challenging circumstances.” They truly lead with a Hotelie heart and, while I know times are challenging right now, I also know that our industry’s future continues to be bright—and in great and caring hands.
With best wishes,
Kate Walsh, PhD
Dean and E. M. Statler Professor
School of Hotel Administration