[Excerpt] Some wise person once said that “time flies when you are having fun." This has definitely been the case for me serving as the Executive Director of Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures since July 2015 (with the institute being formally inaugurated in November 2015).
With generous support from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and College of Human Ecology, we started our institute with a bold vision and some inspirational ideas to bring together the concepts, experiences, challenges, and thought and industry leaders in health, wellness, hospitality, and senior living. It has been an exciting journey, and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. Please allow me to list some of our major accomplishments:
- We now have a corporate advisory board comprising a prominent group of senior executives from 26 different global organizations. Thanks to their support, the institute is in excellent financial health.
- We currently have 50 faculty fellows from different colleges across Cornell, 39 academic scholars from some of the leading universities around the world, and 21 industry scholars.
- The institute is also the home base for both undergraduate and graduate student clubs.
- During the last three years we have organized a major conference, roundtables focused on senior living, mental and behavioral health, hospitality and healthcare interface, and most recently, a symposium on patient experience.
- We have hosted at least 75 industry speakers on campus either as part of panels or as guest lecturers during our classes. Many of their inspiring videos have been archived by CornellCast and are regularly used in classes.
- We have an active series of ongoing research projects, and soon we will start producing reports that highlight key insights.
- Last but not the least, we have initiated several educational initiatives, including launching a new minor on healthy futures; a new summer course; and started preparing two online certifications for Senior Living and Healthcare (to be launched later this year).
Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. (2018). Annual Report 2018: Innovating across health, hospitality, and design. Ithaca, NY: Author.