| December 29, 2016 | People
Through a partnership with Drexel University, Larry Korman is inspiring the next generation of hospitality leaders.
Inside AKA University City.
Philadelphia holds a special place in Larry Korman’s heart, which means he’s passionate about making an impact on the city. To that end, this year Korman teamed up with Drexel University to launch the Korman Fellowship program, which provides students with a two-year cooperative education experience at AKA’s Philadelphia properties.
When guests enter the lobby at AKA Rittenhouse Square, they may be greeted by Drexel undergrads Kiki Liu and Zach Perera, this year’s inaugural fellows, who are working behind the lobby’s main desk and have also been involved with the planning and development of AKA University City, the luxury tower where they will also work once it opens in spring or summer 2016.
"There are so many reasons this is a great city, but one of them is because of how much people get involved in its future," says Korman, whose grandfather and great-uncle both graduated from Drexel. "This is an exciting program that’s going to help identify and prepare future hospitality leaders right here in Philadelphia."