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Jun 30, 2021 By IIDA HQ
Introducing Leaders Virtual
Leaders Breakfast is back and more accessible than ever with a virtual format honoring regional designers, featuring keynote speaker Elaine Welteroth, and more!
By IIDA HQ Jun 30, 2021
Published in Leaders Breakfast

As the world is looking at how to safely return to gathering in person, we continue to see a rise in virtual events that allow for the accessibility that was achieved when the world went digital. This provides an opportunity to stay connected and be included for a wider, non-regional audience, as well as those with mobility or health issues.

IIDA is pleased to announce Leaders Virtual, a one-day virtual event honoring regional design leaders. The event will take place in eight cities simultaneously, honoring regional design leaders, and featuring one, marquee keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, producer, and television host and judge Elaine Welteroth, a leading advocate for the next generation of changemakers. Guests will participate in national and regional programming, and regional breakout rooms where they will have the opportunity to connect with regional sponsors and industry professionals.


This will be the largest individual IIDA event ever, with six IIDA Chapter hosts, IIDA Southern California, IIDA Northern California, IIDA Illinois, IIDA New York, IIDA Georgia, and IIDA Texas/Oklahoma, as well as well as the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), our international benefactor Herman Miller and media partner Interior Design. We will be broadcasting the event live from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston.

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Elaine Welteroth,
Image courtesy of AAE
Elaine Welteroth,
Image courtesy of AAE

Launched in New York in 1989 by Jeannie Bochette of Steelcase, the IIDA Leaders Breakfast series began as a single event. The goal was to introduce IIDA to the business world as a leading association of commercial interior design and to inform IIDA members about the major issues affecting them and the industry. The event established a forum where members and their clients could participate and network with their peers.

The IIDA Leaders Breakfast series has become an annual, international event series that celebrates design’s importance in the global marketplace and honors the people who are both the legacy and future of design. Though not a replacement for this program, Leaders Virtual will provide the opportunity for a wider audience to attend, and not only connect you with local practitioners and professionals, but allows participation in a larger, interconnected design community from coast-to-coast and beyond—with the hope that we will see you all in person for the return of Leaders Breakfast.

Don’t miss out on the biggest event in IIDA history, register to be notified when tickets are released here.

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