Design to Lead Summit, April 13, 2015, Washington DC

The Summit will provide attendees with opportunities to gain new skills through a comprehensive agenda.

Attendees of the Design to Lead Summit will gain an introduction to key leadership competencies and expand their networks as they learn from the diverse experiences of leadership experts via keynotes, panel discussions, interactive breaks, and a closing reception.


8 – 9:30 a.m.


Registration + Breakfast

9:30 – 11 a.m.

Welcome + Morning Keynote (0.1 CEU)

Learn how leaders effectively represent their organizations to both inside and outside stakeholders and ensure the best interests of the organization supersede all other considerations — including personal perspectives.

Don Blanchon, Executive Director, Whitman-Walker Health

11 – 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Morning Panel (0.1 CEU)

Identify, through interaction with leadership development experts the skills and competencies needed to cultivate an atmosphere of community, create an environment of transparency, promote active mentorship, and commit to a culture of excellence.

Tim Tobin, Vice President, Global Learning and Leadership Development, Marriott International
Lori Zukin, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Moderator: Randy Fiser, CEO, American Society of Interior Designers.

1 – 2 p.m.


2 – 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Panel (0.1 CEU)

Understand how design firm leaders instill a broader strategic vision in all firm activities, demonstrate the ability to reach across boundaries and think creatively in addressing complex issues, and balance the strategic perspective with a realistic assessment of risk.

Kenneth P. Baker, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler
Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, ISHC, President, ForrestPerkins
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow, Senior Associate, MSR

Moderator: Lisa Henry, CEO, Greenway Group

3:30 – 4 p.m.


4 – 5:30 p.m.

Keynote + Closing (0.1 CEU)

Recognize how a deep familiarity with an organization’s culture can lead to transformative change and innovative ways to strengthen not only businesses, but industries and communities as a whole.

Toni L. Griffin, Founding Director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City

5:30 – 7 p.m.


6 – 7 p.m.

Tour of Whitman-Walker Health (0.1 CEU)
Additional registration including a donation to Whitman-Walker Health

Tour Leader:
Naseema Shafi, Deputy Executive Director, Whitman-Walker Health