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Cornell lecture series brings hospitality industry leaders to campus

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368, am754@cornell.edu

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) will feature leading hospitality executives in the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) throughout the fall semester. Established 85 years ago, the DDLS includes leaders from every segment of the hospitality industry, who speak to students about career paths, views on successful management styles and business strategies, and insights on critical industry-related issues.

"The DDLS is an SHA tradition and a valuable educational opportunity for our students," says Michael Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor of Hotel Administration, who will give the first lecture of the series on August 30. "Students learn about a variety of industry sectors and what it takes to be successful in these areas, and they discover how good leaders use every challenge and opportunity as a learning tool."

All lectures are held at 1:25 p.m. in the Alice Statler Auditorium at the School of Hotel Administration. Lectures are free and open to the public, and open seating is available in the balcony of the auditorium.

DDLS 2013 Schedule

-August 30: Michael D. Johnson, Dean and E. M. Statler Professor of Hotel Administration, Cornell School of Hotel Administration

-September 6: Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels; Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group

-September 13: Michael C. Ford, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Hilton Worldwide

-September 20: Michael D. Barnello, President and Chief Executive Officer, LaSalle Hotel Properties

-September 27: Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, RLJ Lodging Trust

-October 4: Damian J. Mogavero, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Avero, LLC

-October 18: Petter A. Stordalen, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Home Invest (Nordic Choice Hotels, Home Properties and Home Capital)

-October 25: Alton F. "Rick" Doody III, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Bravo Brio Restaurant Group

-November 1: Lisa Holladay, Vice President, Brand Management and Guest Experience, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

-November 8: Katherine Hammett, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

-November 15: Ted Teng, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Leading Hotels of the World

-November 22: Dara Khosrowshahi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia, Inc.

-December 6: Michael G. French, Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (retired); President and Majority Owner, Philadelphia Wings

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.