After two years of largely virtual meetings and extensive challenges for the hospitality industry, Denver-based Sage Hospitality Group (SHG) welcomed its hotel and restaurant general managers from across the country – in person – for its annual Sage Leadership Festival, held at The Curtis Hotel.
In alignment with the conference theme, “Re-Connect,” SHG created an intentional program designed to remind executives that despite the industry’s evolution over the past two years, the company remains committed to creating a sense of belonging for associates that flows through to its purpose of enriching the lives of its guests.
Putting this philosophy in action, during the event, SHG partnered with local nonprofit We Don’t Waste and Metropolitan State University of Denver to dish up 1,500 servings of soup for community members in need, and later, raised $15,000 as part of SHG’s two core giving programs: Hungry to Help and Dollars for Dreams, benefitting Camp Southern Ground.
“Thanks to the incredible leadership and hard work of our team, Sage Hospitality Group has had the opportunity to experience incredible growth during such a challenging time in our industry and our world,” said Sage President and CEO Walter Isenberg. “This made it even more important to us to pause, link arms and take a moment to give back to our local community as one team.”
Remembering that the best leaders are people-focused first, SHG invested a significant amount of the festival to reconnect, reenergize and focus on leadership development of attendees. Company wins and growth were celebrated, and festival activations included team-building activities based on attendee interests, mindfulness exercises and leadership development opportunities.
“The hospitality industry is all about people – our guests, our teams and our leadership personnel – which is why it was so important for us to reunite in person,” Isenberg said. “This conference, which focused on reconnection, emphasized the humanity in our business, while also allowing us to lift one another up and look toward the exciting future ahead through our unwavering commitment to one another and the industry we serve.”
To learn more about Sage Hospitality Group’s companies and its growing portfolio of hotels and restaurants, visit sagehospitalitygroup.com.
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