Agenda & Activities

A curated experience featuring dynamic panel programming and plenty of leisure time to enjoy the natural beauty of Mexico.

MORNING - AFTERNOON | Arrivals at Leisure

Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. Guests arriving earlier are welcome to enjoy the resort amenities.

6:30 PM | Welcome to Mexico! Cocktails & Dinner with Cosentino

Join Cosentino for a magical evening under the stars for an oceanside sit-down dinner and special surprises to kick off the third edition of C.Next Designers!

7:00 - 7:45 AM | Sunrise Yoga + Mindfulness Exercise brought to you by Lutron

SOLD OUT. Start the day with an energizing morning wellness experience overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

8:55 - 9:10 AM | Opening Remarks by Patty Dominguez, VP of Business Development, Cosentino Americas

Officially kicking off our third edition of C.Next Designers with a welcome from Cosentino.

9:10 - 9:50 AM | Welcome from Francisco 'Paco' Cosentino, President & CEO of Cosentino Group Introduced by Bill Darcy, Global President & CEO of NKBA | KBIS

9:50 - 9:55 AM | Introductory Remarks from Jennifer Levene Bruno, SVP/Hearst Head of Industry, Home & Design

9:55 - 10:45 AM | Making a House a Home: Emotional Connection & Mindful Design Brought to you by California Closets

What gives a room meaning? As brands and designers, each client you work with has a unique relationship with their home. But what makes a home full of spaces that keep you? The art of design lies in creating rooms that establish an emotional connection, serving as a reflection of past, present, and future. Together with acclaimed interior designer Jeremiah Brent, we will explore the true beauty of design - how integrating the nuances of clients’ stories into your design choices creates spaces where people can connect, create memories, and continue to evolve over time.

Moderated by:

  • Joanna Saltz, Editorial Director, House Beautiful


  • Jeremiah Brent, Interior Designer, TV Personality, and Founder of Jeremiah Brent Design
  • Edward Leaman, Chief Brand & Design Officer, California Closets

10:45 - 11:00 AM | Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:15 AM | Around the World with Cosentino

Insights from Designer Richard T. Anuszkiewicz and Pilar Martinez-Cosentino Alfonso, Deputy Chairman and Executive Vice President, Cosentino Group, moderated by Carisha Swanson, Director of Editorial Special Projects, House Beautiful.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Keynote Presentation: Designing for the Future Brought to you by Studio M Lighting

A discussion on heritage and the responsibility of designing for future generations from leading family-owned brands.

Moderated By:

  • Kerrie Kelly, Founder & Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Studio


  • Francisco 'Paco' Cosentino, CEO & President, Cosentino
  • Stanley Cheng, Chairman/CEO, Hestan and Meyer Corporation
  • Laura E. Kohler, Chief Sustainable Living Officer, Member, Board of Directors, Kohler Co.

12:00 - 12:25 PM | Presenting Brand Partner Remarks by Ryan Bloom, Co-Founder, Urban Bonfire

12:25 - 1:15 PM | Infinite Space: The Blurred Lines of Indoor and Outdoor Living

Brought to you by Arteriors

Indoor-outdoor spaces change how people interact with their homes—fostering connection, transcending architectural boundaries, and creating spaces that no longer deal with the limitations of conventional rooms, allowing for a flow informed by space, function, and nature.  In many ways, this space has become the new anchor of the home.  Together, VERANDA, the authority on outdoor living and interior designer Laura Kirar, who lives (and designs for) an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, landscape designer Wambui Ippolito, and Arteriors VP of Marketing & Visual Merchandising Barb Fuller will explore the expected and unexpected benefits of indoor-outdoor living.

Moderated by:

  • Steele Marcoux, Editor in Chief, Veranda


  • Laura Kirar, Founder & Creative Director, Laura Kirar Design (LKD)
  • Wambui Ippolito, Landscape Designer, ROAR
  • Barb Fuller, VP Marketing & Visual Merchandising, Arteriors

1:15 PM | Lunch with Kohler

5:30 - 6:30 PM | Amigo Hour With Hearst @ Tequila Mezcal

SOLD OUT. Join Hearst editors for evening cocktails. RSVP Required. Registration is first-come-first-serve. 

Location: Tequila Mezcal/Tasting Room (6th Floor)

7:00 PM | White Out Beach Night with Perlick

Wear your best all-white outfit to celebrate on the beach!

7:00 - 7:45 AM | Sunrise Yoga + Mindfulness Exercise brought to you by Lutron

SOLD OUT. Start the day with an energizing morning wellness experience overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Limited space available; RSVP required. 

8:00 - 8:45 AM | Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 - 8:45 AM | VIP Hearst Breakfast

SOLD OUT. Join Hearst editors for an intimate breakfast ahead of daily programming. RSVP Required. Registration is first-come-first-serve and will be limited to ~20 attendees. 

9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks by Patty Dominguez, VP Business Development, Cosentino Americas

9:15 - 10:05 AM | The Customization Craze: Risks, Rewards & Tales of Survival

Brought to you by New Moon

Most clients want their spaces to be a reflection of their lives – their travels, their style, the way they live, creating a unique and deeply personal environment. As designers, you are constantly on the hunt for custom touches to elevate, and impress, and tell the story of your client. What are uniquesome of the unique and impactful ways to truly add a layer of personalization customization to a space? And more importantly  – -- what are the funny tales of survival when things may not have gone as planned?! The stories, the solutions, the solves. VERANDA, together with industry leaders, will explore the glam and glitches, risks and rewards of working custom.

Moderated by:

  • Steele Marcoux, Editor in Chief, VERANDA


  • Ryan Gordon Jackson, Principal, STUDIO JACKSON INC and R|J Home
  • Erika Kurtz, COO & Designer, New Moon
  • Miles Redd, Principal, Redd Kaihoi

10:05 - 10:35 AM | Fireside Chat with Tom Dixon and Asad Syrkett, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor

10:35 - 10:50 AM | Coffee Break

10:50 - 11:10 AM | Exploring Mexican Design with Designer Olga Hanono, Chief Creative Officer at OHSTUDIO

11:10 - 11:25 AM | Presentation by Valentin Tijeras, VP Global Product, R&D + Quality at Cosentino

11:25 AM - 1:35 PM | Rotating Break-Out Sessions, including:

  • An Ancient Mayan Cacao Ceremony with Benjamin Moore: Embark on a transformative journey with local facilitator Fernanda Rendon in a unique Cacao Ceremony, where participants taste cacao during guided meditation, concluding with a serene sound bath for a rejuvenating experience.
  • “In It To Win It” Cosentino Edition with Carisha Swanson, Director of Editorial Special Projects, House Beautiful 
  • An authentic wood art experience with Fabuwood
  • A creative sensory experience with Four Hands

Afternoon at Leisure

Free Evening to Enjoy the Resort

9:00 - 9:10 AM | Welcome Remarks

9:10 - 10:00 AM | The Dish with Hearst Editors

Join us for a captivating journey with top editors from Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda, as they “spill the tea” on the hottest trends, exciting changes and what they love (and don’t love) about the current design landscape. From timeless trends to the fads we won’t miss, these experts will divulge on what's in, what's out, and what's on the horizon. We’ll get to know more about the inner workings of being an editor and in turn—a tastemaker for the masses. Stay tuned for a lively conversation that promises to inspire and entertain – plus the opportunity to share your own questions for the editors!


  • Grace Haynes, Senior Home & Garden Editor, Veranda
  • Camille Okhio, Senior Design Writer, Elle Decor
  • Carisha Swanson, Director of Editorial Special Projects, House Beautiful

10:00 - 10:25 AM | The Art of Collaboration with Architect Jesus Velazco and Designer Barclay Butera

Join renowned names in Los Cabos design, Architect Jesus Velasco and Los Cabos homeowner Barclay Butera, for a discussion on local architecture and design.

Moderated By:

  • John Cialone, Partner & Vice President, Tom Stringer Design Partners and FY24 Chair of the ASID National Board of Directors


  • Barclay Butera, CEO, Barclay Butera Interiors
  • Jesus Velazco, Founder, JVL Architects

10:25 - 11:00 AM | Explore and shop the best local of Mexican artisans and enjoy activations with Architectural Grille, Baldwin Hardware, and Gancedo

11:00 - 11:20 AM | Design That Gives Back: How to Make an Impact with the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Design Leadership Foundation


  • Jamie Drake, Co-Principal, Drake/Anderson
  • Mark Williams, Interior Designer and Board of Directors Member & Secretary, Design Leadership Foundation & Secretary, Design Leadership Foundation

11:20 - 11:40 AM | Closing Remarks & Brand Raffle

11:40 AM | Lunch & Afternoon at Leisure & Enjoy Grand Velas Los Cabos!

6:00 - 7:00 PM | Amigo Hour with Hearst @ Tequila Mezcal

SOLD OUT. Join Hearst editors for evening cocktails. RSVP Required. Registration is first-come-first-serve. 

Location: Tequila Mezcal/Tasting Room (6th Floor)

7:30 PM | Farewell Cocktails & Dinner sponsored by Hestan

9:00 PM | The Fun Continues with BauTeam

Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious s'mores with PITT Cooking, and more!

ALL DAY | Departures

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