JW Marriott Marquis
Miami, FL
February 7-9, 2019


Mark your calendar now for the 2019 biennial NEWH Leadership Conference.

The 2019 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 2019 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.

Stay tuned for 2019 attendee information/registration

2017 NEWH Leadership Conference was held in Denver, CO in February 2017.
See our 2017 Event Schedule below

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 No Horizon So Far  Ann Bancroft, Keynote
9:15 – 10:30 am Hotel Remix: reinventing the modern stay experience / A panel discussion facilitated by Glenn Haussman, Rouse Media/Questex   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. Panel: Larry Broughton, broughtonHOTELS; John Hogan, Full Service Core Brand Hotels, Joseph Khairallah, Marcus Hotel & Resorts; Jagruti Panwala, AAOHA; Jeanne Starling, MGM Resorts International
sponsored by: Quiltcraft
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; Sherry Decker, Design Directions International; Michele Espeland, Cuningham Group Architecture; Dezirae Janowicz, Tandem; Elizabeth Lane, RPW Design, Ltd.; Anissa Mendil, 3rd Story.
sponsored by: Wendover Art

11:30 a – 12:15 p Break / Digital Interviews
12:15 – 1:30 pm Scholars / Awards Luncheon  Enjoy our panel of Scholarship Award Winners moderated by Becca Kundysek, Cuningham Group Architecture. Panelists: Santiago Arcila, Bristish Columbia Institute of Technology; Kyla Chambers, MDC Wallcoverings; Narisara Sarobhas, OZ Architecture; Kacey Sharp, Inside Evolutions. NEWH Excellence Award will be presented to Janice Marko, Marko International.
sponsored by: Florida Seating & Porcelanosa
1:45 – 2:45 pm What We Mean When We Talk About Sustainability with Joshua Radoff, YR&G    If you’re thinking about sustainability as a collection of ponderous rating systems to navigate, you’re stuck in a 1.0 version that became popular in 2005, and gave everyone green fatigue by 2012. Today, sustainability in the built environment has exploded to encompass a whole range of focus areas, technologies, and business models, from solar microgrids, to autonomous and electric vehicles, and from human health and well being to behavioral economics. Hospitality projects tend to be some of the best opportunities to embrace these concepts, as guest experience creates the rationale for leaving behind the business as usual. In this talk, Josh will explore these topics, as well as his experience in working with everything from large hotel chains, remote resorts, product manufacturers, and urban boutiques. 
1:45 – 2:45 pm Lifestyle Hotels: the next generation  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 is meeting the changing market desires. Learn what’s new, why it works and the latest trends in development concepts, design, and technology.  Moderated by Michelle Finn, HMG, LLC Panelists: David McCaslin, Hersha Hospitality Management; Brian Quinn, Choice Hotels; Shirli Sensenbrenner, Two Roads Hospitality; and Laurie Woliung, Marriott International.
sponsored by: room360 by FOH
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, Becker Digital Strategies
This session will introduce you to handy tools to help you manage your social media, curate content and more. We’ll show you the best of the best and give you some strategy tips on how to get the most out of using them.
3:30 – 5:00 pm Hospitality Design/NEWH Owners’ Roundtable   Facilitated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Hospitality Design Magazine
sponsored by: Hospitality Design Group
& Tai Ping
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 Composing Your World 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.
sponsored by: Quiltcraft
 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.
sponsored by: applied:textiles, shademaker, and Shafer Commercial Seating
2:00 – 3:00 pm Social Media Toolbox with Beth Becker, Becker Digital StrategiesThis session will introduce you to handy tools to help you manage your social media, curate content and more. We’ll show you the best of the best and give you some strategy tips on how to get the most out of using them.
2:00 – 5:00 pm Cannabis Tour
Craft Brewery Tour
Rock Climbing at REI
See Historic Denver
6:00 pm Closing Party
Closing Remarks/Leigh Mitchell, NEWH Conferences


See our 2017  lineup