Moving NYC Forward

May: Travel & Hospitality

Tourism is a crucial part of New York’s recovery, and this May, ABNY is highlighting YPs working in the travel and hospitality industries, including hotels, travel and tourism agencies, restaurants, bars, and more.

Congratulations to our May Spotlights of the Month, Benjamin Lipnick, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Liz Murray, The Marlow Collective/Women in Hospitality United!

Benjamin Lipnick

Assistant Director, Tourism
Whitney Museum of American Art
How did you get to where you are today?

Soaking in everything from the incredible colleagues, mentors, and leaders I’ve been lucky to work with throughout my career. And saying “yes” as often as I can. Saying yes can open new doors and challenges, create partnership and empower others, and push you out of your comfort zone. 

What are you most proud of?

Museums and cultural organizations are among the most essential institutions in our society. Being part of a team that supports art and artists, enriches its neighborhood and city, and inspires diverse audiences from near and far is very gratifying.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?

Move to New York City. The vibrancy of its art and cultural offerings are unmatched. The treadmill of opportunities, new experiences, and adventure is always on. It’s the most fun, 24/7, and exciting place in the world.

When did you realize you’re a New Yorker?

I recently celebrated 10 years in NYC and some friends commented, “now you’re officially a New Yorker.” Though it took this long to realize fully, I now understand that I’ve felt at home here from the moment I arrived. It’s the big mix of lifelong residents, transplants and immigrants, commuters, students, and tourists that makes New York, New York. This city welcomes you instantly and anyone can be a New Yorker.

Elizabeth Murray

Chief Operating Officer/Co-Founder
The Marlow Collective/Women in Hospitality United
How did you get to where you are today?

I have been uplifted by those who came before me – my family, mentors, thought leaders, mavericks, and visionaries – who changed the world, and gave me the incredible opportunity to live out my dreams. Much of my work is an attempt to pay that forward to the next generation and to keep imagining and fighting for a more equitable future.

What are you most proud of?

My friendships – building deep relationships requires attention, accountability, and care, but my community of friends are the most fun and rewarding part of my life!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?

There should always be reciprocity between you and the people who are leading you. Know your power and genius, and seek mentors who are as committed to helping you grow and are as invested in your success as you are to theirs.

When did you realize that you are a New Yorker?

In 2020, when the city shut down and then came alive again in the streets.

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