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IIDA’s Durst to Keynote Women Leaders Panel

(October 2016) posted on Fri Oct 07, 2016

Eight hospitality influencers to speak at BDNY event

International Interior Design Association (IIDA) executive vice president/ceo Cheryl Durst will join seven other high-profile voices in the hospitality design community at the “Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast and Panel Discussion,” on Nov. 14 at the Javits Center in New York. Durst will keynote the event, which kicks off the second day of the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair and conference.

Cheryl Durst
Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and ceo, IIDA. Photo: Courtesy of IIDA

Presented in partnership with NEWH, the Women Leaders panel includes influencers in the hospitality design, investment, operations and product manufacturing sectors to provide a range of perspectives on today’s hotel development market. Mary Scoviak, executive editor of Boutique Design and conference director of Hospitality Media Group (HMG), will moderate the discussion.

In addition to Durst, panelists for 2016 include:
Anda Andrei, principal, Anda Andrei Design
Heather Balsely, senior vice president, Americas brands, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Frances Kiradjian, founder, Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA)
Danette Opaczewski, director of development, Sydell Group
Jagruti Panwala, president/ceo, wealth protection strategies, AAHOA secretary 2016-2017, AAHOA female director at large eastern region
Margie Ruddick, owner, Margie Ruddick Landscape
Michelle Wildenhaus, principal, Studio Twist

“This signature Boutique Design event brings together women thought leaders from all sectors of the hospitality design community,” says Scoviak. “It's a unique opportunity to hear their vision of the trends, issues and challenges designers need to address in order to succeed in 2017 and beyond.”

NEWH will also award its $5,000 NEWH Women Leaders Scholarship, sponsored by Hospitality Media Group (HMG), at the Women Leaders breakfast.

The event is one of 35-plus panel discussions, design firm Q&As and CEU sessions on the two-day BDNY conference agenda. Other Boutique Design signature sessions include the “ISHP/Boutique Design Owners’ Grill” with leading hoteliers and investors; “Up-and-Coming Hoteliers” with innovators in the lifestyle sector; and “Brand Central” with professionals behind emerging hotel brands.

Held concurrently with HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly IHMRS), BDNY combines elements for hospitality interiors with educational and social events, Designed Spaces created by leading hospitality design firms and an extensive conference program.

Now in its seventh year, the trade fair will expand to 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space for 2016, with more than 600 manufacturers and marketers of furniture, fixtures, lighting, seating, wallcoverings, accessories and other design elements for hospitality interiors. More than 7,000 hospitality design professionals are expected to attend.

Attendee registration, event tickets, and trade fair details are available at



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