Starwood Hotels & Resorts and eCornell Sign a Two-Year Partnership

Global hotel group continues long standing relationship to offer online learning with eCornell

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has entered into a two-year agreement to continue its partnership with eCornell to deliver online courses in hospitality management, leadership, strategic management, supervisory skills and human resource management to its worldwide employees.

eCornell offers Starwood access to courses developed by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration that align closely with their talent-management approach.  Offering these and other courses helps Starwood achieve its learning goals on a global scale at both the property and corporate levels.

eCornell’s unique approach to elearning combines the most effective elements of a world-class, Ivy League classroom with the flexibility of an online learning environment. eCornell courses—self-paced and 100 percent online—are “instructor-facilitated” to help guide a cohort of 20 to 30 participants through challenging, real-world exercises with practical on-the-job application. Classes enable learners to be immersed in learning that also fosters collaboration, interaction, and networking.

“Starwood continues to be a great partner of eCornell, and we’re approaching almost 10 years of success together,” said Tom Abogabal, vice president of global sales at eCornell.  “We are thrilled to continue our partnership to be able to help Starwood reach thousands of employees across its worldwide portfolio of owned, managed, and franchised properties, and to help develop all levels of employees including individual contributors, supervisors, managers, GMs, and senior leaders.

About eCornell

eCornell, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University, provides many of the world’s leading organizations with online professional and executive development in the areas of leadership and management, human resources, financial management, healthcare, marketing, and hospitality management. eCornell’s proven course development model and asynchronous instructor-led course delivery provide for engaging, rigorous, and interactive learning. The company has delivered online courses to more than 50,000 students in over 200 countries. For more information visit (enterprise buyers) or (small groups and individual students).


About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world, with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts, and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades, and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit