TORONTO — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has created an empowerment fund at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in honour of its former CEO, J. Allen Smith.

The J. Allen and Katherine Smith/Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Empowerment Fund will provide a holistic program to support minority and first-generation students through mentoring, professional development and career guidance.

“I’m extremely grateful to Four Seasons for honoring Allen’s many contributions to the hospitality industry with the creation of this fund,” says Kate Walsh, dean and E. M. Statler professor at the School of Hotel Administration. “This generous gift will enable our students to feel supported and thrive as they prepare to become our next generation of industry leaders.”


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