Bridget "Birdie" Meyers has been named the second elite fellow of the Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program
at Metropolitan State University of Denver's Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Meyers, a senior with an events management concentration, received a $5,000 cash award. She was accepted into the program in the spring and has since been working at Stonebridge Companies
' Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites
property downtown as a front desk agent.
"After speaking with managers of the properties and faculty at MSU Denver, we felt that Birdie exceeded expectations," says Navin Dimond, founder, president and CEO of Stonebridge and a member of the MSU Denver Foundation board. "Our selection of Birdie was based on her exceptional work performance. Birdie is a role model for all students and embodies qualities that we hope to cultivate in the next generation of hospitality leaders."
Four other new fellows also have been announced: Marcus Bosco, Michallee Gallegos, Andrea Marin and Risa Wolffis.
The Dimond Fellows Program was established after Rita and Navin Dimond provided a generous donation to the Hospitality, Tourism and Events department to support the Hotel Management Program. A significant portion of the Dimonds' contribution was specifically reserved to endow the program as a shared commitment to excellence and passion for fostering future hospitality leaders. Fellows are provided with unique professional development opportunities, including a paid internship with the executive teams at Stonebridge hotels for one semester, which counts toward their senior experience.
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