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December 4 2021 – The NEWH LA chapter celebrated a SOLD OUT annual event at the newly opened Downtown LA Proper Hotel. With over 100 members in attendance, we were able to raise thousands for scholarships with our Silent and Live auctions!

We were thrilled to end the year with such a wonderful event, and are so thankful to all those that attended and donated!! click here for full slideshow





 July 29, 2021 – The NEWH LA Founding Chapter hosted our Diversity and Hospitality Panel at Helm’s Bakery Atrium in Culver City CA. Panelists included dynamic women of color who are leaders in the hospitality industry. Felecia Fisher-Shamu, CEO of Vitality Casegoods, Restoration and Fine Furniture Manufacturing, Genelle Brooks-Petty, Principal Designer BPS Interior Designer, and Adaeze Cadet, Design Principal at HOK. This was the Los Angeles Chapters’ first in-person event since February 2020, and was attended by over 50 guests who enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and drinks sponsored by Mahram and Bolon. Questions to the panelist included, “How do you think the industry can be more inclusive?’ and “ What can the hospitality industry do to reach more students of color?”. All of the panelists spoke on mentorship and reaching students before high school. It is critical for young people to be introduced to hospitality careers as they are developing their future dreams, to expand their awareness of opportunities.

“Fewer than one in five new architects identifies as a person of color, and in 2018 only 3 percent of architects who completed the AXP were Black, while 15 percent identified as Asian, and less than 1 percent as Hispanic or Latino, according to NCARB. Those numbers become even smaller among African American women. Only 0.3 percent of architects are Black women, according to architecture magazine Curbed.”

Growth in Racial Diversity Among Architects is Slow, but Experts Say the Conversation Continues

As we wrapped up the evening, Adaeze Cadet shared her perspective, “Our industry has come a long way and I am excited to be pushing that forward, where we have more diverse voices as part of the narrative to really shape our environment in a meaningful way!”

We feel that it is critical that the Los Angeles Chapter of NEWH continues to lead the way in showcasing diversity in our community. This event was spearheaded by our EID Board member and International VP of EID, Lanee S. Burns and Jezzica N. Lindkrantz, VP of Development.


October 19, 2019NEWH/Los Angeles held its Senior PROM celebrating 35 years as the Founding Chapter. We had some great times on the dance floor and surprises around every corner… all leading up to a dramatic coronation ceremony where we crowned our Senior Prom KING and QUEEN! Thank you again to all our superlative sponsors and the senior prom committee that made this PROM the best night ever!  click here for full slideshow






March 14, 2019 – Hospitality Fashion Challenge Runway Event at BDWest – This BDwest signature event is the culmination of an utterly unique, annual design competition benefiting NEWH. In this year’s finale, leading design-firm teams unveiled couture fashions crafted from scraps of tile, carpet and other reusable design elements donated by BDwest exhibitors. Attendees mixed, mingled and cheered for their favorite “garments” to victory as they were modeled, runway style, then judged and auctioned on the former trading floor of L.A.’s Pacific Coast Stock Exchange—now a Historic Cultural Landmark Building, a spectacular nightclub, which was the perfect venue for this celebration of creativity and ingenuity. click here to view slideshow


October 20, 2018 – NEWH/Los Angeles held its annual gala – this year entitled ‘Lost At Sea.’ The laughter, stories, and drinks we shared were oh so memorable. From each participating industry sponsor, to our amazing scholarship students…to Alison Gasser our wonderful cruise director, this year’s Gala rocked the boat! 🙂 Thank you again to all our dear sponsors and donors that made this gala a great success!



October 14, 2017 – NEWH/Los Angeles celebrated Hospitality Design Excellence with an evening of dinner, awards, live auction, raffles, and dancing! (click here to view entire slideshow)




September 21, 2017 – NEWH/Los Angeles hosted a Hospitality Design Panel featuring panelists from their TopID winners: Gensler – KNA Design – Rodrigo Vargas Design. Melissa Knock from DLR Group moderated the panel.




June 21, 2017 – NEWH/Los Angeles host its annual membership drive at Bowlero Mar Vista Lanes!





February 1, 2017 – NEWH/Los Angeles hosted an evening of networking, headshots and fun at the Phillip Jeffries – Holly Hunt showroom!





December 19, 2016 – NEWH/Los Angeles held a relaxing but festive end-of-year sundowner held at the Angle City Brewery.





March 2016 – NEWH Orange Counties Regional Group and NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter held a Hospitality Fashion Challenge @BD West. Friends of NEWH and members enjoyed an exciting evening of fashion and fun in support of NEWH Scholarship and programs for Orange County and Los Angeles. click here to see pictures!


January 2016 – The chapter toured INLIGHT Studio in Gardena where designers were treated to demonstrations of glass blowing, metal works, and lampshade making.  Included in the evening’s festivities was a raffle in which one lucky entrant won a beautiful glass bowl, hand-blown at the event by one of INLIGHT’s artists.  The night concluded with a networking opportunity accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and beverages. click image to right to see pictures!



December 2015 – The chapter hosted its annual scholarship fundraiser, and awards Gala in December at the Congo room at LA Live. Click here for pictures!

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients:

  • Manny Zermeno – Cal poly Pomona – Architecture: Winning the Higgins Award plus NEWH $480
  • Kristina Roach – FIDIM – Interior Design: Winning Bob Young Award plus $1985 NEWH
  • Eduardo Gandara – Cal Poly Pomona – Architecture: NEWH $3,500
  • Vivian Nguyen – Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $3,000
  • Maria Schishkina – Art Center College of Design – Environmental Design: NEWH $3,000
  • Rochelle Bautista – Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $3,000
  • Ryan English – Otis – Architecture: NEWH $3,000
  • Claudia Lia – Cal State Long Beach – Interior Design: NEWH $3,000
  • Yu-Chia Tung – Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $2,000
  • Caitlin Van Wagener – Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $2,000
  • Kate Taylor – Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $2,000
  • Karen Tran – Art Center Pasadena – Interior Design: NEWH $2,000
  • Tia Breiniger – Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $2,000
  • Shweta Joshie – Woodbury University – Architecture: NEWH $2,000
  • Vu Nguyen – Cal State Long Beach – Interior Design: NEWH $1,000
  • Kwon Lee – Cal State Long Beach – Interior Design – NEWH $1,000
  • Maria Razo – Ayon: Cal Poly Pomona – Hospitality Management: NEWH $1,000
  • Kathryn Dargo – Cal State Long Beach – Interior Design: NEWH $500
  • Angela Lee – UCLA Extension – Interior Architecture: NEWH $500
  • Jimgze Cooper Dai – Art Center Pasadena – Environmental Design: NEWH $500