ASID Presents New Design To Lead Summit In Atlanta: Two-day event will gather designers of all disciplines

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Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2014) | The American Society of Interior Designers announces a new program created to inspire leadership in the design community. The Design to Lead Summit, Presented by ASID, is a two-day interactive event May 2–3, 2014, in Atlanta sponsored by Interface, Steelcase and Teknion.

Guided by Victor Ermoli, dean of the School of Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), attendees of Design to Lead will embark on a leadership journey to advance their careers with presentations and hands-on sessions. The summit will culminate with an empowering presentation by Marty Neumeier, a designer, strategic innovator and author of Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age, a manifesto for navigating the 21st century that provides a creative framework for designers and a compass for visionary leaders.

Design to Lead will welcome emerging to mid-careerist professionals from all design disciplines to learn from and engage with an impressive roster of thought leaders. Additional speakers include:

Margaret Alrutz, director of Healthcare Strategy, Nurture by Steelcase
Marjorie R. Barlow, Ph.D., counselor, consultant and coach; with Amy Lukken, vice president of Cultural Development and Learning, Interface
James P. Cramer, publisher and founding editor, DesignIntelligence
Stephanie Douglass, director of Workplace Strategy, Teknion
Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, regional managing principal, Gensler; with Tama Duffy Day, FASID, FIIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, director and firmwide area leader for Health & Wellness Practice, Gensler

To learn more about the summit and to register to attend, visit

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded nearly 40 years ago when two organizations became one — an anniversary we will recognize in 2015 — but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are poised to lead the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal. 

Kevin Mulvaney, vice president of Marketing and Communications