ASID Sponsors Metropolis Conference at ICFF in New York

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Full day event discusses successful humanitarian efforts within the design community

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2008) – Today, Metropolis kicked off the Design Entrepreneurs: Make Good and Prosper seminar at ICFF and ASID is proud to sponsor the thought provoking day-long event. The annual conference will host sessions and keynotes that discuss how successful business ventures can accommodate personal values and agendas as well as achieve environmental and social responsibilities. Attendees will listen to inspirational stories of success and for-the-greater-good efforts within the design community.

“Already, the conference was slated to feature the first annual Horace Havemeyer III Lecture, established by the Education Legacy Fund, a committee of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the ASID,” says Rhonda Claytor DeBerry, Director of Education at ASID.  “I am thrilled the Society was able to step forward to partner with Metropolis on the entire conference which enhances the ICFF show with a high quality educational program.”

The conference will be monitored by Metropolis Editor in Chief Suzan S. Szenasy with a terrific line-up of speakers including Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity; Yves Behar, founder of fuseprojects and the One Laptop Per Child Program; Ron Sheldon and Ron Vlasic of  Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group; Nina Smith of RugMark USA, an international nonprofit devoted to building schools, programs, and opportunities for children by ending child labor in South Asia’s handmade carpet industry; Emily Pilloton, founder of Project H Design, a charitable organization that delivers life-improving humanitarian product design solutions to global communities in need; and Tanu Kumar and Tzipora Lubarr of the New York Industrial Retention Network, a citywide not-for-profit with principles of social and environmental justice devoted to strengthening Gotham’s manufacturing sector.

For more information on the conference, click here.

Conference Schedule
Monday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conference Schedule:

10 a.m.
Welcome and introduction by Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis editor in chief

10:05 – 11 a.m.
Horace Havemeyer III Keynote by Fritz Haeg: Things Fall Apart

11 – 11:40 a.m.
Sensible Hospitality

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Laptops for Kids; Safe Sex for NYC

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break
Book signing by speakers Cameron Sinclair and Fritz Haeg at the ICFF Bookstore on the Concourse

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.
The Legacy of Isamu Noguchi

2:10 – 2:30 p.m.
Moving Toward the Future

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.
No to Child Labor! Yes to Education!

3:10 – 3:40 p.m.
Social Minded Product Design

3:40 – 4:20 p.m.
If You Can Make it Here…

4:20 – 5 p.m.
Architecture for Humanity

CEUs are available for architects and interior designers.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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