Lera Covington is captain of Datcher, a three-member team named for Jane Eleanor Datcher, who in 1890 was the first African American woman to earn an advanced degree from Cornell University.
Lera is 34 and will graduate in December with dual master degrees in real estate and in regional planning. Her teammates are 27-year-old Joanne Angbazo and Kristen Collins, who’s 25. They’re graduates of Cornell and, along with Lera, are members of Cornell Real Estate Women.
Lera describes the project they plan to pitch.
Hoteliers and allied companies invested in both lodging and senior-living assets demonstrate how the spirit of hospitality and its best practices extend into other real-estate-asset groups. Episode 343 of Lodging Leaders podcast is the second in a two-part series that explores the hospitality industry’s growing interest in senior living.
Since she was a teenager volunteering at senior-living facilities in Boston, Serena Lipton knew she wanted a career in senior housing. But she had a difficult time finding the college program she believed would educate and prepare her to serve in the senior-living industry. After graduating from Boston University School of Hospitality Administration and working as an analyst for JLL’s Senior Housing Valuation Advisory, Lipton finally found what she was looking for. This fall she enrolled in BU’s Master of Management in Hospitality with a new concentration in senior living. She and other students are on the cusp of what BUSHA believes is a massive shift in how Americans view aging and where opportunities lie for the hospitality industry.