Press Release: Sarah Kimball SHA '21 Selected as Managing Director of The 96th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell


Sarah Kimball SHA '21, Managing Director of
The 96th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell


ITHACA, NY (April 14, 2020) - Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) is pleased to announce Sarah Kimball SHA '21 as Managing Director of The 96th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell. In this role, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the Board of Directors for the annual hospitality business conference. Her predecessor, Julia Li SHA '20, courageously led HEC in executing its first-ever global conference, held virtually in March 2020.                                             

With prior involvement as the HEC 95 Sales & Donor Relations Director and HEC 94 Guest Experience Manager, Sarah has been integral to the success of the organization since she first joined the Hotel School community in the Fall of 2018. She is passionate about HEC "bringing past, present and future generations of Hotelies together to honor a 96-year tradition as well as the current trends in the hospitality industry."

A rising senior from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah plans to pursue a career in operations, sales or human resources. Her love for hospitality sparked during a rotational internship at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, where she was drawn to the energy and satisfaction of creating special experiences for guests.

"Sarah leads with empathy, kindness and integrity, and inspires all those around her to be better people and better leaders," Julia Li '20 noted. "She embodies everything a true Hotelie should be." Faced with an unprecedented global pandemic, "Sarah stayed calm and focused, overcoming every obstacle with poise." With a relentless dedication to HEC, and a steadfast belief in the deeper mission of the Hotel School, "her passion for hospitality is unparalleled."

In such uncertain times as these, it is comforting to have Sarah as an emerging force in the industry. "I can see no one better to be leading the next generation of hospitality leaders," Julia said. Sarah will set a remarkable example and pave the way for the industry to shine brighter than ever before. She is eager to connect with the Hotelie community and the hospitality industry at large and can be contacted at     


Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) is a student-run annual business conference for hospitality leaders and members of the Cornell community worldwide. For more information, please visit or contact