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HD EXPO + Conference Announces Key Speakers + Honourees For 2023

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HD Expo + Conference, the leading tradeshow and conference for the hospitality design sector, returns to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas May 2-4 2023. Three days of inspiration and knowledge-sharing will include a keynote presentation by the founders of leading design firm DesignAgency, the inaugural Women in Design Awards honouring five accomplished women for their contributions to the industry, and panel discussions featuring 170 design industry innovators across 30-plus sessions.
Kevin Gaffney, Group Vice President and Show Director, Emerald, HD Expo + Conference’s parent company, shares, “We expect an unparalleled quality and dynamic energy at HD Expo 2023, and very much look forward to welcoming our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees.”
In addition to the 650 exhibitors on the show floor—many of them debuting new and innovative products—this year’s conference takes a global look at the trends, projects, and ideas that are affecting the industry. A few highlights include:
Women in Design Awards: Presented in partnership with Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH), the Women in Design Awards breakfast will honour a handful of creative leaders to celebrate their industry innovation, leadership, and achievement. The honourees include:

Verena Haller, Chief Design Officer, Standard International
Alda Ly, Founder + Principal, Alda Ly Architecture
Eileen Madigan, Senior Vice President Global Interior Design, Las Vegas Sands Corporation Meghann Day, Partner, HBA
Nicole Wilson, Vice President, Procurement, InterContinental Hotels Group

The event will also feature a keynote talk by Ashley Kasevich, Lead Competitive Intelligence Analyst, Zappos, who co-leads Zappos’ employee resource group entitled Women Empowered (WE).
HD University: In collaboration with the International Society of Hospitality Purchasers (ISHP), HD University, a new on-day conference preceding the show, will host five training modules with leading designers, brand leaders, hotel owners, manufacturers, and purchasers that delve into the ins and outs of specifying products for hospitality interiors.
HD | ISHP Owners Roundtable: In a fast-paced, face-to-face format, more than 40 hotel owners, developers, and brand executives offer industry insight to attendees through free-flowing, small-group conversations as they rotate tables every 10 minutes.


The conference sessions, many of which are CEU-accredited, will feature the voices of industry experts and rising stars in a compelling conference lineup with a focus on idea sharing with impact. Tackling topics from evolving consumer tastes and the metaverse to innovative and sustainable design solutions, HD Expo’s prestigious lineup of speakers includes leaders from hotel groups such as Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton, along with local Las Vegas casino resorts including Wynn Design & Development and MGM Resorts International, as well as workplace and home sharing disruptors, NeueHouse and Airbnb.
Notable Conference Sessions:

Adriana Marianella, Chief Development Officer, Fotografiska | NeueHouse
Aliya Khan, Vice President, Global Design Strategies, Marriott International
Allison Reid, Chief Global Growth Officer, Aimbridge
Angela Bankhead, Director of Brands, Marcus Samuelsson Group
Ari Kastrati, Chief Hospitality Officer, MGM Resorts International
Christina Zimmer, Senior Vice President, Design, Highgate Hotels
Dina Lamanna, Principal and Senior Project Interior Designer, Hospitality Group, HOK Janell Rock, Associate Principal, Director of Design, BNIM
John Duffield, SVP, Technology Experience, Omnicom/TBWA
Judy Chen, Vice President of Development, Dream Hotels
K.J. Hughes, Senior Advisor, Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneur, Manifest Barbershop Larry Traxler, Senior Vice President – Global Design, Hilton
Mari Balestrazzi, Director, Environments Design, Airbnb
Tiffany Cooper, Head of Development, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
Todd-Avery Lenahan, Chief Creative Officer, Wynn Design & Development

“This year’s lineup of speakers and panel discussions—many curated from the pages of Hospitality Design magazine—are a showcase of the best that hospitality has to offer,” says Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, SVP, Design Group, Emerald.
Registration for industry professionals currently starts at $125 for an Expo Only pass, with full conference options available here.