Opening Reception and Gold Key Awards Gala among networking events to be held in conjunction with Boutique Design New York trade fair and conference, Nov. 13-14

Ticketed events begin on Saturday, Nov. 12, with the BDNY Opening Reception, 7:00 to 9:00 PM at 583 Park Avenue, a neo-Georgian style church built in 1923 that doubles as a unique event space. The reception gives trade fair registrants an opportunity to network before the exhibit floor opens on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Advance registration is required; tickets are $125 per person, at Availability is limited.

On Monday, Nov. 14, the signature Boutique Design Power Players: Women Leaders in Hospitality Breakfast & Panel Discussion, will be held at the Javits Center, 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Presented in partnership with NEWH, the discussion will feature female thought leaders from across the hospitality industry. Confirmed panelists to date 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
Negruti Panwala, president/ceo, wealth protection strategies, AAHOA secretary 2016-2017, AAHOA female director at large Eastern Region
Margie Ruddick, owner, Margie Ruddick Landscape

Boutique Design executive editor Mary Scoviak will moderate the discussion, a strategic look at the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the hospitality industry.

Advance registration is required; tickets are $100 per person, at Availability is limited.

BDNY culminates on Monday evening, Nov. 14, with the annual Gold Key Awards Gala, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. Winners of the 36th Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, as well as Designer of the Year, will be announced at the gala, 6:30 to 10:00 PM at the Waldorf Astoria, New York.

Advance registration is required; tickets are $495 per person, at  Availability is limited.

“The Gold Key Awards presentation will be one of the last events held at the iconic Waldorf Astoria before it closes its doors for a three-year renovation and repositioning,” says Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group (HMG), which produces BDNY and sister trade fair BDwest. “Join us as we celebrate excellence in hospitality design, and this historic hotel.”