Students honored at BDNY, Gold Key gala
NEWH has named Breanna Hendrickson the recipient of the $5,000 NEWH Women Leaders in Hospitality Scholarship. Hendrickson, who is currently studying hospitality business management at Washington State University in Pullman, will be honored during the “Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast and Panel Discussion” on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Javits Center during the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair/conference.
In addition, the $7,500 NEWH ICON Scholarship will be presented to Tyson Baker, an interior design student at Maryville University, during the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design gala at the Waldorf Astoria New York later the same day.
Hendrickson’s interest in hospitality stems from her first cruise trip at the age of 8, when she says she realized she wanted to pursue a career in the cruise line industry. In high school, she participated in a program dubbed Running Start, which allowed her to start college at 16. By the age of 19, she’d held two positions in Washington’s hospitality sector: one at a restaurant called Larry’s Drive In in East Wenatchee, and another at a seven-key, European-style B&B called Abendblume Inn in Leavenworth.
Breanna Hendrickson, winner of the NEWH Women Leaders in Hospitality Scholarship. Photo: Courtesy of Breanna Hendrickson
More recently, Hendrickson studied abroad in Brig, Switzerland, as part of a faculty-led program. She also completed an internship with Holland America Group, where she immersed herself in such brands as Princess Cruises, the Holland America and Seaborne Cruise Lines, and P&O Australia.
“My short-term goals are to get my degree in December and then seek employment in the spring,” Hendrickson told Boutique Design. “I will be in contact with co-workers from my internship with Holland America Group’s Seattle office, as well as other cruise lines including Princess Cruises.”
Hendrickson’s long-term goal is to nab a corporate position at Princess. “If you have a great enough passion for hospitality, you will push forward to meet your goals,” she said.
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