HD NextGen Forum
Presented by Hospitality Design magazine, HD NextGen Forum is an invitation-only conference that blends education, inspiration, business, and networking for the next generation of hospitality design leaders. From inspirational keynotes to the influential leaders of the Owners’ Roundtable, our speakers lineup is sure to motivate and educate.
Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News. Oprah called Ben and The Buried Life “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed speaker, Ben has keynoted business conferences and Fortune 100 leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from AIG, Anthem, Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. Global Gurus ranked Ben as one of the Top 30 Best Organizational Culture Thought Leaders in the World in 2019.
It all stems from a battle Ben had with depression over a decade ago. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to realize their true potential.
Christopher Sanderson is co-founder of The Future Laboratory, where he is responsible for delivering the company’s extensive global roster of conferences, media events and LS:N Global Trend Briefings, which he co-presents with the team in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, and across the globe.
Clients who have booked one of his inspirational keynotes include Kering, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Selfridges, QIC, Marks & Spencer, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo, H&M, General Motors, BBDO, Design Hotels, Condé Nast and Omnicom.
In 2012, Chris presented Channel 4’s five-part TV series, Home of the Future. In 2014, he and his team created Fragrance Lab for Selfridges, an exploration into the world of personalization in scent, which won Retail Week’s Best Pop-up and Overall Winner of the 2014 Retail Week awards. Chris is a SuperBoard member of The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust.
Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, author, and founder of the nonprofit design agency Project H Design. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice and public education, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 both in and out of school to bring to life public architecture projects that transform lives and communities. She is particularly invested in using design as a creative voice for young girls and students of color to build change in their own lives, and has mentored over 200 young girls ages 9-17 towards college and careers in STEM-related areas.
Pilloton works at the intersection of design and public education, believing that the processes and products of design are an untapped opportunity within education and communities. She is the author of the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People. Educated at the University of California Berkeley and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pilloton is an industrial designer, architect, writer, and builder. Emily is also a visiting assistant professor of design at the University of California, Davis.
Jordan Winick is a design director at Idean, partnering with companies to imagine, design, and deliver human-friendly solutions to critical business problems.
Winick believes in creating humane, purposeful digital experiences and building design organizations supported by productive practices and healthy cultures. He’s an advocate for doing things the right way, designing beautiful products that connect with people emotionally and inspiring ambitious organizations to realize impactful ideas.
Winick studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. After surviving 14 years of subway commutes in the Big Apple, he packed up everything and relocated to Austin, where he lives now with his wife and daughter.
At HD NextGen Forum, HD annually presents the Wave of the Future awards—an honor reserved for designers, architects, owners, and brand executives who are young enough to be considered visionary, but tested enough to be considered accomplished. Here are the 2020 honorees.
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