Design to Lead Summit, April 15, 2016, Washington DC

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

Throughout the event, attendees will build key leadership competencies, and expand their networks through interactive workshops, networking events, and keynotes. The content areas were developed based on feedback and research through the Emerging Professionals Roundtable series held in 2015, and the ASID Leadership Academy.


8 – 8:30 a.m.


Light breakfast provided.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Welcome + Morning Keynote (0.1 CEU)

Learn what it means to be a leader and discover when it is the right step for you. Understand how your experiences will build upon each other to help prepare you for future challenges as an effective leader through the example of the morning keynote. 

Elizabeth Birch, President and CEO, Peris Birch Construction Services

9:45 – 10 a.m.

Light refreshments provided.

10 a.m. – Noon

Morning Workshop (0.2 CEU)

Experience how communication flows through a system and affects leading a group through change and shaping behaviors. In an interactive workshop, learn the different ways to view change, how assumptions affect our perspective, and the role we play as individuals, managers, and leaders in shaping the experience of change. 

Holly Ellis, Senior Associate Consulting Workplace Strategy, Jones Lang LaSalle
Kim Vanderland, Senior Vice President Consulting Workplace Strategy, Jones Lang LaSalle

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Meet and speak with fellow attendees and speakers as you enjoy lunch.

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Workshop (0.2 CEU)

Discover key tactics and best practices to use when approaching any negotiation. Engage with peers and industry leaders as you simulate negotiation scenarios to find your voice and understand your role in the afternoon workshop.  

Rich Isphording, Vice President Strategic Markets and Alliances, Steelcase, Inc.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Light refreshments provided.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote + Closing (0.1 CEU)

Be inspired by the afternoon keynote by learning the journey of an industry leader. Understand the skills, strengths, and passion required to bring innovation and transformation together to strengthen the profession.   

Bill Browning, LEED AP, Hon. AIA, Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green 

4:30 – 7 p.m.


Evening Reception at Haworth Showroom 

Haworth Showroom 
575 7th St., NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20004 



The ASID Leadership Academy
With leadership frequently cited as the most important skill for business, the summit is the result of the ASID Foundation investment in the mapping of leadership competencies. With this roadmap, known as the ASID Leadership Academy, ASID is developing and launching leadership programs for the interior design profession focused around four central competencies: Engaging People, Understanding and Leveraging Organizational Information, Demonstrating Strategic Perspective, and Serving as an Organizational Advocate.