Getting Involved, Giving Back
MLH Design Group enjoys being an active part of the much larger design and hospitality community and finding ways to help others achieve their goals.
NEWH is a hospitality network with a focus on providing scholarships, education, and leadership development. Lori started volunteering on the San Francisco Chapter Board 5 years ago and served as President for 2013. Sonya currently holds the position of Scholarship Director for the Orange County Regional Chapter and has plans to expand her role in student related outreach over the next year. Through both chapters, Sonya and Lori have helped organize fundraisers, events, and participated in the scholarship awards process.
MENTORING for both students and designers is something Lori and Sonya feel strongly about in the process of giving back to the design community. Lori taught the Hospitality Design Studio course at Orange Coast College for three years where she conducted a full term hotel project. Sonya has spoken at several Career Planning events and always meets with students who are looking for professional advice and direction. Both designers are passionate about sharing what they know and passing it on to others around them whether it be a student coming out of school or a designer starting their own company.
“We have benefited from the mentoring of great designers and we now want to do the same for others.” - Lori and Sonya