HEC Speaker Q&A: COVID-19
This Q&A includes Roger Hill SHA '87 (Chairman and CEO of The Gettys Group), Ron Swidler (Chief Innovation Officer of The Gettys Group), Mike Curtin, Jr. (CEO of DC Central Kitchen), Vaibhav Garg (Director of Talent and Culture at
AccorHotels in the Maldives), and Barbara Lang SHA '78 MPS '04 (Founder of B. Lang Consulting).
Inspiration from Our Sponsors: Daring to Do During a Global Pandemic
It's safe to say that HEC 95 would not be possible without the sponsors who believe in the deeper mission of what we do and provide us with innovative products and services that elevate the conference and enhance guest experience. Read the following highlights on three of our sponsors - Cvent, Hilton, and Nestle - on the ways in which they are Daring to Do in the face of a global pandemic.
HEC 95 ASSISTANT DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS REFLECT ON THEIR YEAR
Over the course of an entire school year, dozens of students in the Hotel School and across the University worked to produce our annual conference. When HEC 95 went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students saw their work come to life in unexpected ways. The conference, both as planned and as it came together in the end, would not have been possible without the passionate, talented, and determined students across 13 departments. Click below for their proudest moments from HEC 95 as well as their hopes for the future of HEC, the Hotel School, and the hospitality industry at large.
ONFERENCE FEATURE: AMENITY BOXES
Every year, the HEC Rooms team curates a set of amenities that reflects the conference theme and enhances guest experience during HEC weekend and beyond. Although guests usually find their amenities in their hotel rooms each night of the conference, they were still able to get them this year through snail mail. We are so proud of our Rooms team for their hard work, and are thrilled that they were still able to offer these gifts to guests from afar. Click below to learn about our amenities and why they reflect what it means to Dare to Do.
HEC 95 EXECUTIVE CHEF'S FAVORITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
HEC 95 Executive Chef, Caitlyn Cypher's favorite chocolate chip cookies! As she would say. "they are super quick and easy, and they tend to go over well."
A MINUTE WITH BARBARA LANG
Listen in on our interview with Barbara Lang, founder of B. Lang Consulting and one of our speakers this year. She discusses her involvement in HEC, her excitement about this year's theme #DareToDo, and her take on the importance of attending HEC!
STUDENT OF THE MONTH: BETTY CHEN, SHA '22
Meet Betty! As the Design team's Event Manager for Gala and Hotel Ezra Coffee, Betty's ideas are always innovative, and her energy for HEC is inspiring.
A Message from the HEC 95 Managing Director
Students have been working hard to put together HEC 95! Julia Li, Managing Director of The 95th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell writes about the accomplishments of the different departments of HEC so far.
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN X HOTEL EZRA CORNELL
HEC 95 will feature a silent auction in support of a phenomenal organization that truly epitomizes Dare to Do: DC Central Kitchen. This iconic nonprofit and social enterprise works to combat hunger and poverty through job training and job creation.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH: MACY CHEN, MMH '20
We are proud to introduce Macy Chen MMH '20 as our January Student of the Month! As Co-Chair of the HEC MMH Lunch, Macy leads a group of 50 graduate students to plan and execute a networking lunch experience for our guests.
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: ELIZA LOEHR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT FOOD EDUCATION FUND
By 2014, Eliza Loehr had worked in restaurant kitchens, at Heritage Radio Network, a food radio station, and in classrooms teaching elementary-age students how to cook.
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: MEREDITH DOLL , AREA DIRECTOR AT SHAKE SHACK
We are ecstatic to be having Meredith Doll, a Shake Shack Area Director, on our CBO Panel! Read on to hear about her career and why she's as excited as we are for HEC 95!
CHERRY, PLUM, AND COGNAC ICE CUBE SHOTS
A personal creation of Bradley Chen '21, HEC 95 Beverage Director! Inspired by the natural warmth in dark liquors and spirits, this cocktail is the perfect way to start any holiday party.