Thank you to all who attended the 2022 Leadership Conference! Stay tuned for a recap as well as video recordings of selected sessions!
More than 600 local and international hospitality industry members gathered at the Westin Seattle in February for the 2022 NEWH Leadership Conference, coming together for education, innovative solutions, and top-notch networking with peers and hospitality influencers.
The event kicked off with the NEWH Product Showcase, boasting a show floor packed with the latest products and services from 154 vendors, while days two and three featured conference sessions focusing on information and strategies to break boundaries and move the hospitality business into the future.
Impactful sessions featured leading hospitality professionals and icons. The first day kicked off with the Mix & Mingle event for students and welcome reception for all attendees. The morning of the second day saw the opening keynote, sponsored by CF Kent, from renowned photographer and CEO of CreativeLive—where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs—who spoke to attendees about dreaming big. Day three’s keynote, sponsored by Woodcraft Hospitality, was presented by industry luminaries Aliya Khan, Marriott, and Bashar Wali, ThisAssembly, who brought out their crystal balls to imagine what the future of hospitality will look like.
The conference’s two days were also filled with informational and enlightening breakouts—from signature BrandED sessions to a panel celebrating NEWH TopID recipient firms, and sessions from leading-edge technology offerings and the latest in F&B—attendees were able to choose the educational topics most relevant to them. Also returning this year was the NEWH/Hospitality Design Owners’ Roundtable featuring the opportunity to connect one-on-one with influential hospitality leaders in a signature rotating roundtable format.
During the very special Scholars and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Mandy Li Collection, Quiltcraft, and Tarkett Hospitality, NEWH presented the Pinnacle Award to Michelle Finn and inducted 12 industry veterans to the NEWH College of Fellows. The NEWH Leadership Scholarships were also presented to Caio Viviani and Delaney O’Brien, along with the BrandED scholarship in the name of Hyatt Hotels Corporation to Lauren Hart.
The event was complete with numerous opportunities for socializing and fun, including tours of Pike Place Market, the Holland America headquarters, a brewery, local glassblowing studio, and more. Networking was also in full effect at several receptions over the three days, plus the sold-out NEWH/Northwest Conference Closing Party. With attendees showing up in their best Black & White fashion, proceeds from the event benefited the NEWH/Northwest scholarship fund. A special thank you to Grand Image and co-sponsors Bernhardt Hospitality, Electric Mirror, Fabricut Contract, and Shaw Carpet.
And a huge thank you to ALL the event sponsors who made the 2022 NEWH Leadership Conference a huge success!