The Marriott City Center
Denver, CO

February 9 – 11, 2017


Mark your calendar now for the biennial NEWH Leadership Conference.

The 2017 Leadership Conference begins Thursday, with a product showcase featuring the newest product innovations and services being introduced on the show floor. Friday and Saturday will focus on strategies to move your business into the future. Leading professionals and industry icons will deliver impactful sessions and participate in interactive events that will expand your knowledge and network!

Investors and forecasters agree: the future for the hospitality industry is bright. An industry this big, calls for big thinking, and even bigger results. As part of our long-standing commitment to education, NEWH is proud to present the 2017 Leadership Conference, a bi-annual three-day event dedicated to providing you with the tools, insights, and resources you need to take your company and career to the next level.

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Event Schedule in brief

Thursday, February 9th

8:00 am – 1:00 pm NEWH, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting
12:00-6:00 pm NEWH Product Showcase
6:00-8:00 pm Opening Party
Presidents Dinner (by invitation only event)

Friday, February 10th

6:00 – 7:00 am Wake up to PiYo with Stephanie DeShaies
7:00 – 8:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 – 8:15 am Welcome/Trisha Poole, President/NEWH & Leigh Mitchell, Director/NEWH Conferences
8:15 – 9:15 am Inspiring Climb  Ann Bancroft, Keynote
9:15 – 10:30 am Hotel Remix: reinventing the modern stay experience / A panel discussion facilitated by Glen Haussman, Rouse Media
During this exciting kick-off discussion, we will have an in-depth conversation with some of the most exciting minds of hospitality. We’ll investigate common design, amenity trends and other significant issues pushing major hotel companies to reinvent, and create new, products appealing to specific consumer mindsets. Hear about the trends and insights you must know to power your 2017 to success.
10:30 – 11:30 am Talent at the Top of Their Game   NEWH Top ID winners discuss techniques and practices that are key in pushing the creative and conceptual boundaries of award winning design concepts. Moderated by Anita Degen, Degen & Degen. Panel: Siobhan Barry, dash design-NY; Sherri Decker, Design Directions International; Michelle Espeland, Cuningham Group Architecture; Dezirae Janowicz, Tandem; Elizabeth Lane, RPW Design, Ltd.; Anissa Mendil, 3rd Story.
11:30 a – 12:15 p Break / Digital Interviews
12:15 – 1:30 pm Scholars / Awards Luncheon
1:45 – 2:45 pm Green Voice with Joshua Radoff, YR&G
1:45 – 2:45 pm Lifestyle Hotels: the next generation  Moderated by Michelle Finn, HMG, LLC
One of the fastest growing segments in hospitality today. Panelists will share their views on evolving customer wants/needs, and how the next generation of hotels are meeting changing market desires. Learn what’s new, why it works and the latest trends in development concepts, design, and technology.
3:00 – 5:00 pm Union Station Tour  –  one of Denver’s most iconic historic landmarks, Denver Union Station. Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, the newly renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station is home to 10 chef-owned restaurants and bars, boutique shops and the 112-room Crawford Hotel. DUS developer Dana Crawford will be giving the group a welcome.
3:00 – 4:00 pm Social Media Toolbox with Beth Becker, New Leaders Council
3:30 – 5:00 pm Hospitality Design/NEWH Owners’ Roundtable   Facilitated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Hospitality Design Magazine
4:00 – 5:00 pm Marketing NEWH Chapters with Phoebe Stein, Phoebe Stein Public Relations  This session is exclusive to Chapter NEWH Marketing Teams     Join Phoebe Stein in an interactive toolbox discussion on how to strengthen your brand message, while maintaining your chapter’s personality and promoting the brand tenets of NEWH.  Bring challenges and success stories to the session to share with the other chapter marketing teams.
 5:30 – 6:30 pm VIP Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm Reception/Cocktail Mixer for all registered attendees

Saturday, February 11th

6:00 – 7:00 am Wake up to PiYo with Stephanie DeShaies
7:00 – 8:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:00 – 9:15 am Start the morning with Kai Kight,  Innovator, Speaker & Violinist
9:15 – 10:15 am Digital Transformation with Marc Landsberg, SOCIALDEVIANT
10:15 – 11:30 am Industry Outlook presentation by Andrea Grigg followed by a panel discussion moderated by Meg Prendergast of The Gettys Group     Panel: Ronnie Bray, Bray Whaler International; Meghann Day, Hirsch Bedner Associates; Andrea Grigg, Jones Lang LaSalle; Bill Langmade, Purchasing Management International;
 Break / Digital Interviews
12:15 – 1:30 pm Culinary Trends: We know where we have been. Where are we going? Food and restaurant trends to watch in 2017 and beyond.  Lunch & learn with panel moderator David Corsun, Ph.D., Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, University of Denver.  Panel: Corey Nyman, The Nyman Group; Tom Ricca, Ricca Design Studios; Brooke Taylor, Arcsine.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Social Media Toolbox with Beth Becker, New Leaders Council
2:00 – 5:00 pm Cannibis Tour
Craft Brewery Tour
Rock Climbing at REI
See Historic Denver
6:00 pm Closing Party
Closing Remarks/Leigh Mitchell, NEWH Conferences


See our growing lineup … and check back for weekly additions of expert speakers.

Things to Do

When you wake up in Denver, adventure awaits. Explore the city’s greatest spots. Get local Denver tips on attractions, scenic sightseeing, biking and tours, golf & other destinations. Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, still features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its indigenous works collection, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for skiing in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
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Awards & Scholarships

NEWH has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships over the years to bright students in need pursuing interior design, architecture, culinary, and hotel management. Join us as we honor this year’s awardees and meet the future talent of the industry.
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Sponsorship Opportunities

Don’t miss your chance to sponsor this fabulous event.  Limited sponsorships available.
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