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Nov 23, 2021 By IIDA HQ
Creating Change: IIDA Advocacy Workshop
Advocacy VPs and volunteers from across the U.S. gather to talk legislative wins, strategy, and learn how to build community in four CEU-accredited sessions.
By IIDA HQ Nov 23, 2021
Published in Advocacy

This fall, IIDA hosted a two-day workshop series geared towards IIDA Vice Presidents of Advocacy, providing programming and discussions moderated by IIDA Advocacy and Public Policy Manager, Janella Curtis. Attendees heard from chapters and lobbyists across the country about their work and strategies including legislation, relationship building, DEI initiatives, incorporating sustainability into your work and more.

Keynote speaker Tonika Lewis Johnson, founder of The Folded Map Project discussed building programming, overcoming opposition, and affecting policy that supports your work. Each workshop is approved for and eligible for 1 IDCEC CEU credit, to learn more, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

WELCOME AND NATIONAL ADVOCACY UPDATE

1 IDCEC CEU

IIDA Advocacy and Public Policy Manager, Janella Curtis opens the workshop with a presentation featuring an address by IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA and a focus on key legislative wins. Leaders from the IIDA Carolinas Chapter discussed the impact of SB188 passing in North Carolina, and the IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter shared how they inspired their members and advocates to support their legislative agenda. The session closes with an informative Q&A with lobbyists.

Panelists:

  • Kristen Brumley, IIDA, RCID, director of design at Office Interiors and VP of Advocacy for IIDA Texas/Oklahoma
  • Kerri Burke, SVP of state government relations at McGuireWoods and ASID lobbyist
  • Haley Faulkenberry, partner at A&A Advocates and IIDA lobbyist
  • Emmy Williams, IIDA, ASID, president and owner of Interior Solutions, and member, North Carolina Board of Architecture and Registered Interior Designers

For full details on earning 1 IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

BUILDING A BETTER ADVOCATE

1 IDCEC CEU

Janella Curtis moderates a discussion with leaders from the IIDA Alabama and Wisconsin Chapters touching on building relationships within the industry, and with colleagues, including architects and other organizations in order to educate and create a stronger community. You’ll also hear about retaining student engagement post-education, and how relationship building has bolstered the bills in both states. This session is perfect for: IIDA Chapter Presidents, IIDA Chapter President-Elects, VPs of Advocacy, VPs of Membership, and VPs of Development

Panelists:

  • Melissa Destree, IIDA, AIA, president and owner of Destree Design Architects and former IIDA Wisconsin Chapter Board Member, VP of Advocacy
  • Jim Griffo, IIDA, AIA, adjunct professor at Samford University department of architecture and interior design, and President of the Alabama Interior Design Coalition


For full details on earning 1 IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here, and read more about Wisconsin's SB344 bill, providing stamp and seal provisions in the state.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

1 IDCEC CEU

Janella Curtis is joined by keynote speaker Tonika Lewis Johnson, founder of The Folded Map Project, and co-founder of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), to discuss her experience galvanizing communities and building programs, including how to overcome opposition, and changing policy to benefit your cause.



For full details on earning 1 IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

ADVOCACY CASE STUDIES

1 HSW CEU

An interactive session with chapter leaders from the IIDA Northern California, Southern California, and Hawaii chapters, and hosted by Janella Curtis, touch on their approach to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (DEI) advocacy, supporting bills focused on energy and sustainability, and highlighting advocacy before and during the pandemic. You’ll hear about grassroots advocacy and industry and leveraging expertise using your professional design knowledge. This session is perfect for: IIDA Chapter Presidents, IIDA Chapter President-Elects, VPs of Advocacy, VPs of Membership, and VPs of Development.

Panelists:

  • Verda Alexander, IIDA, co-founder of Studio O+A and Chapter President, IIDA Northern California
  • Christine Peter, IIDA, president and owner of Kaleidoscope Concept and VP of Advocacy and Co-Chair DE&I, IIDA Southern California
  • Laura Taylor, IIDA, designer at SKY San Francisco and VP of Advocacy, IIDA Northern California



For full details on earning 1 HSW IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here, and
continue the DEI conversation with Christine Peter here.

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