The Cornell School of Hotel Administration and
Starwood Hotels and Resorts have developed a corporate alliance
that will begin Starwood's three-year senior partnership with the
school's Leadership Development Program (LDP). The alliance will
formally begin 1 January 2010, and continue through 31 December
LDP is a progressive, hands-on three-year
training program for a select number of sophomore, junior and
senior students who are aiming for careers in the hospitality
industry. Participants in the program advance through several paid
employment phases - from entry-level to supervisor, manager, and
director positions - at the Statler Hotel. Each phase requires
approximately 200 hours work.
As the senior partner of the
program, Starwood will provide LDP with practical resources and
input by participating in the LDP Seminar Series, conducting
activities and training sessions for LDP participants at
Starwood-owned properties, and hosting LDP students at the
Starwood corporate office to engage in educational programs.
Starwood will also provide financial support to the program.
"We are excited to be partnering with the School of Hotel
Administration's Leadership Development Program," said Frits van
Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood. "These students are
being trained to be the next generation of leaders and innovators
in hotel operations, and we are confident that the 'real life'
experience that Starwood can provide will enhance their
supervisory and managerial skills."
Today, Starwood employs
many Cornell School of Hotel Administration alumni in its
corporate and divisional offices, as well as in its nearly 1,000
best-in-class hotels around the world. Among them is 1983 graduate
Simon Turner, who is President of Global Development for Starwood
and an active member of the Dean's Advisory Board.
Leadership Development Program has established a benchmark of
excellence that we at Starwood recognize as a valuable
professional supplement to Cornell's fine academic program," said
Turner. "Many of us at Starwood have enjoyed a long association
with Cornell and are delighted to have the opportunity to further
foster this relationship in a more formal way. We consider an
investment in these current Cornell students to be an excellent
investment in Starwood's future."
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