Communication Coaching

Updated: Jan 20, 2019


The Cornell University International Hotel Investment Forum Student Challenge Team with Dean Walsh

I have the honor working with exceptional students every semester at Cornell University. In addition to holding regular tutorials with students enrolled in my classes, I spend a lot of time coaching students as they prepare for pitch competitions and case competitions. March was a busy month; this post includes my communication coaching highlights from last month.


Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition

Every year I try to coach at least one team prior to the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition held during Hotel Ezra Cornell. This year I had the chance to coach YNot Bike, a cross disciplinary team that is developing a self-driving and navigating bicycle. They won the first place prize of $25,000.


Cornell Big Idea Competition

I served as a mentor for five teams in the Cornell Big Idea Competition, and three of those teams made the finals. In addition to YNot Bike (also participating in this competition), I'm impressed with my mentees and their ideas.

  • For-profit category: Ori Belson, a mechanical engineering & pre-med student, and his team have developed a device that helps intubated patients speak.

  • Non-profit category: Deanna Deyhim, a bioengineering student, is developing a mindfulness curriculum using 3D-VR technology to help students manage stress.

Teams will pitch their ideas in the finals at eHub Collegetown on April 20.


International Hotel Investment Forum Student Challenge

The School of Hotel Administration is home to the largest number of real estate faculty at Cornell, and real estate is the largest undergraduate minor at the university. As a result, we field a variety of real estate case competition teams. In early March I coached a Hotel School team as they prepared for the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Student Challenge in Berlin, Germany. That team, pictured above, placed first.


University of Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition

A the end of the month I had the opportunity to coach a team of five students from four different majors at Cornell (two Hotelies) prior to the University of Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition in Toronto, Canada. This team finished in third place.


My communication coaching will continue this month. I am holding office hours at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works on April 11, coaching teams prior to eLab’s Demo Day on April 19, and mentoring teams prior to the finals of the Big Idea Competition on April 20.