Abi Dandapani is a senior in the School of Hotel Administration within the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Abi is looking forward to empowering the next generation of hospitality leaders. As a leader within several on-campus organizations including the Diversity & Inclusion Business Advisory Council, Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, The 180, and Mortar Board der Hexenkreis, Abi has a background in both diversity education and service. To Abi, discussions about life, identity, privilege, current events, and how we can be better allies are crucial to the part that a Director of Impact & Inclusion plays for HEC. In the role as Impact & Inclusion Director, Abi wants to ensure that we are fostering a more diverse and inclusive community on Cornell's campus and in our lives for marginalized communities.
Prior to attending Cornell, Abi lived in Melbourne, Florida where involvement in service organizations like the Girl Scouts and HOBY led to a greater passion for helping others, and eventually hospitality. Since then, Abi's interests in hospitality have expanded to the areas of information technology, healthcare, and sustainability. Through internships with L3Harris, The Department of Defense, The Breakers Palm Beach, ThinkReservations, Delaware North, and SC Johnson, Abi has a wide variety of experience and is curious to continue learning through a leadership experience like HEC.
This is Abi's fourth and final year with HEC. Abi has been involved with HEC for the last three years at Cornell – previously serving as an Assistant Director for Diversity and Development during HEC 93 and HEC 94, and as an advisor to the Diversity Team for HEC 95. Abi has now several years of experience with this department and is ready to make HEC 96 "the best ever"!