The 97th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell: It’s Time to “Celebrate!”

By: Stephen D'Angelo
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Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) returns in-person on April 21-24 at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration and the Statler Hotel in Ithaca, NY.

Each year, the theme of the student-run business conference for hospitality industry leaders and members of the Cornell community aims to inspire educational programming that highlights key subjects in the industry. This year, the organization is “honoring the resilience of people, service, and hospitality education” with the theme “Celebrate!”

Over the course of three days, the business conference connects hospitality industry leaders and members of the Cornell community from around the world with the students, faculty, and alumni of the preeminent hospitality program of the nation.

This year’s program of interactive workshops will feature world-class keynote speakers who highlight the importance of shaking hands and clinking glasses with the leaders who take hospitality to the next level. It will commemorate the successes of the Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration, and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Cornell Nolan School, with gratitude to the best and brightest who have paved the path for innovation. In addition to in-person workshops and food & beverage events, HEC will be providing complimentary select educational programming available for interested viewers to stream through eCornell.

Leading this conversation will be HEC 97’s keynote panelists Keith Barr ‘92 CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, Anthony Capuano ‘87 CEO of Marriott International, and Kevin Jacobs ‘94 CFO and President of Global Development of Hilton Worldwide, facilitated by Dean Kate Walsh, E. M. Statler Professor and Dean of the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with speakers throughout the weekend.

With an emphasis on returning in-person to celebrate the Cornell Nolan School and beginning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, HEC will be focused on fostering an environment for attendees to interact comfortably while following all safety protocols to the highest degree.

Registration is now live and you can use the link here to register! Make sure to register before January 17, 2022 to receive our early bird conference registration pricing. As for accommodations, enhance your conference experience with a room at The Statler Hotel! Surround yourself in a contemporary style and first-class service from our very own students, all while staying right in the heart of Cornell’s Campus. Join the block directly using this link and the group code “HEC97”, or call the hotel directly at (607) 254-2500. Please visit for more information. Join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.