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About the ILR Conference Center

Since its inception, Cornell University's ILR School has had a strong outreach component. Sharing ideas and research results with practitioners and enrollees in adult education was one of the primary purposes of the school. The Division of Extension and Public Services does just that -- through credit and noncredit courses, workshops and conferences, on-site technical assistance, and consulting -- reaching more than 40,000 adults in the workforce each year.

The ILR Conference Center serves many of these practitioners on Cornell's main campus in Ithaca each year while also serving the wider ILR community and the campus at large.

The conference center is a dedicated state-of-the-art training facility that is designed to meet the varied clientele ILR serves. The buildings graceful cupola and historic facade has been preserved. Inside, visitors will find the elegance and technical sophistication they would expect from a world-class training facility. At any given time, an impressive array of events may be taking place:

  • a week-long leadership development and training program for union members
  • a two-day workshop for front-line managers devoted to understanding the basics of human resources and the law
  • student interviews conducted by recruiters from Fortune 500 companies
  • teleconferenced credit courses connecting faculty and students from remote locations
  • receptions and informal gatherings of Cornell alumni, students, faculty and staff
  • strategic planning meetings with Cornell's president and other top leaders
  • administrative staff members from a New York City company taking classes for the first time since high school
  • an international company's top human resources executives learning the latest practices and strategies
  • lectures to the Cornell community by a prominent scholar, union leader, or corporate executive.

Learn more about the history and mission of the ILR School.