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HD NextGen Forum Announced

Apr 12, 2013

Hospitality Design (HD)
magazine announces the inaugural HD NextGen Forum⎯an invitation-only conference that blends education, inspiration, business, and socializing for the next generation of hospitality design leaders.  This brand-new conference will engage attendees while it illuminates the future.


Wednesday, June 12

4:00 – 8:00 pm    Registration/Badge and Conference Package Pick Up

6:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception   
ROOF at theWit
Meet new people and reconnect with industry friends, all while taking in the Chicago skyline.

Thursday, June 13
8:00 – 9:15 am Breakfast Buffet

9:15 – 9:30 am Welcome
Paul Bienkowski, publisher, Hospitality Design magazine
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, executive editor, Hospitality Design magazine

9:30 – 11:00 am
Keynote Presentations
Be inspired by out-of-the-box thinkers who give you new lenses in which to look at design and business
               9:30 am Jessica Walsh, partner, Sagmeister & Walsh
                              Value of Play
Jessica Walsh speaks about the value of play. She discusses the importance of play biologically and historically as well as how it is at the heart of innovation. Play was crucial to Jessica's own development so she shares how it influenced her career path as well as some of the recent work at Sagmeister & Walsh.
              10:15 am Tom Savignar, chief strategy officer, The Future Laboratory
       The Shape of Dreams to Come - The trends, interiors, and consumer behaviors set to define and drive tomorrow's hospitality spaces
Tom Savigar looks at what's new and next in tomorrow's hospitality spaces—from rooms,  foyers, and front of house, to bars, clubs, and the latest food service offers. Says Savigar, "We don't just look at the trends that matter, but rather the ideas that drive them, the case studies that inform them, and the new and emerging consumer needs that move them from the fringes into the mainstream. Fantastic visuals yes, but also the proofs you need that these  trends are the right ones to invest in."

             11:00 am Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 pm Panel Discussion
Voices of Experience: Keys to Success and Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders

12:30 – 2:00 pm Luncheon

Sponsored by
Celebrating this year’s Wave of the Future Honorees with a panel discussion:
• Josh Held, principal, Josh Held Design
• Stacy Elliston and Kellie Sirna, principals, Studio 11 Design
• Heather Maloney, vice president of design, King and Grove
• Brendan McNamara, senior vice president, brand development, Hampshire Hotels, Vikram Chatwal Hotels, and Dream Hotels
• Colin Seah, director of design, Ministry of Design
• Audra Tuskes, director of design, Commune Hotels and Resorts

2:00 – 2:30 pm Networking Break

2:30 – 4:00 pm Owners’ Roundtable
Get face time with owners, developers, and brand executives during HD’s signature event, NextGen-style.

6:30 pm

7:00 – 9:00 pm Dinner

9:00 – 11:00 pm
Cordials and Desserts


Check back soon for updates on which rising stars in the hospitality design industry have confirmed to attend.


2013 Sponsors:





HD NextGen Forum is taking place at theWit hotel.

theWit Hotel Chicago
201 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

To book your hotel accommodations, please click here.
Note: Each guest must book their own accommodations using the link above.  You should book your room for the entire length of your stay.  Any complimentary accommodations (if included with your registration) will be credited prior to check out.
If you have any issues booking your hotel accommodations or have any questions about booking, please contact Kara Kobrzycki at or 770-291-5424.


HD NextGen Forum is an invitation-only event.  If you do not have your registration code, please contact

Registration is now open for approved delegates and confirmed sponsors! Click here to register.


For information on attending:

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen
Executive Editor
Hospitality Design magazine

For information on sponsoring:

Paul Bienkowski
Hospitality Design magazine

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