2015 Speakers

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

The 2015 Design to Lead Summit speakers are experts in leading consulting firms, health centers, universities, publications, and design firms.

The Design to Lead Summit brings together leadership experts from diverse backgrounds inside and outside of the design profession who are able to connect leadership skills to effective results. Our experts have lead companies, organizations, and communities to measurable impact.

Past speakers include strategists, counselors, consultants and design influencers.

Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health

Don Blanchon
Executive Director,
Whitman-Walker Health

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

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

Reed Kroloff, Principal, jones |kroloff

Reed Kroloff
Principal,
jones |kroloff

Kenneth Baker,  IIDA, Assoc. AIA Regional Managing Principal, Gensler

Kenneth Baker,
IIDA, Assoc. AIA

Regional Managing Principal,
Gensler

Deborah Lloyd Forrest,  FASID, ISHC President and Owner,  ForrestPerkins

Deborah Lloyd Forrest,
FASID, ISHC

President and Owner,
ForrestPerkins

Naseema Shafi

Naseema Shafi
Deputy Executive Director,
Whitman-Walker Health

Timothy J. Tobin, Ed.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Global Learning and Leadership Development at Marriott International, Inc.

Timothy J. Tobin,
Ed.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Global Learning and Leadership Development,
Marriott International, Inc.

Lori Zukin, Ph.D, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton

Lori Zukin, Ph.D.
Principal,
Booz Allen Hamilton

Randy W. Fiser Chief Executive Officer, ASID

Randy W. Fiser
Chief Executive Officer,
ASID

Lisa Henry, FASID Chief Executive Officer, Greenway Group

Lisa Henry,
FASID

Chief Executive Officer,
Greenway Group

Don Blanchon
Executive Director, Whitman-Walker Health

Don Blanchon is executive director of Whitman-Walker Health. Before joining Whitman-Walker in May 2006, he spent nine years with Schaller Anderson, a national health care management and consulting firm that specializes in public-sector programs. During that time, he served as CFO and CEO of Maryland Physicians Care, a $325 million multi-product health plan owned by four Maryland-based nonprofit community health systems. From 2004 to 2006, Blanchon served as vice president for Medicaid and Medicare programs for Schaller Anderson. Earlier in his career, Blanchon served as vice president for strategic planning at Health Services for Children with Special Needs. He also spent five years as a budget examiner in the executive office of the president at the federal Office of Management and Budget.

Toni L. Griffin
Professor of Architecture, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York Founding Director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City

Toni L. Griffin is professor of Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She also is founding director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City, which is dedicated to the advancement of design practice, education, research, and advocacy in ways that build and sustain resilient and just communities, cities, and regions. Griffin maintains an active New York-based private practice, Urban Planning and Design for the American City.

 

Reed Kroloff
Principal, jones|kroloff

In addition to his role as a principal at jones|kroloff, Reed Kroloff is director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and he is a nationally known commentator in the world of architecture and urban design. Prior to his position at Cranbrook, Kroloff served as dean of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he shepherded the school through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and co-chaired the commission charged with developing the initial master plan for rebuilding the city in the wake of the storm and subsequent flooding. Kroloff previously served as editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine. Under his direction, Architecture received more awards for editorial and design excellence than any magazine of its type. Kroloff also taught at Arizona State University (ASU), where he was assistant dean and a tenured professor. At ASU, he received the first-ever “Award for Academic Excellence” from the Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Kroloff serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, ranging from the U.S. General Services Administration Register of Peer Professionals to the Public Architecture Foundation.

 

Kenneth P. Baker, IIDA, Assoc. AIA

Kenneth P. Baker, IIDA, Assoc. AIA
Regional Managing Principal, Gensler

Kenneth P. Baker is a member of the Gensler Management Committee. As a co-managing principal of Gensler’s Southeast Region and past co-managing principal of Gensler’s U.K. and Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Gulf regions, Baker is considered a global expert on workplace design and planning, particularly for law firms. He has designed more than 10 million square feet of corporate headquarters and office space for law firms and financial institutions. As one of Gensler’s major Global Account holders, Baker manages relationships with clients such as Sidley Austin LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; JP Morgan Chase; and Barclay’s Capital worldwide. Baker also is a leader in Gensler’s furniture and product development practice, and he frequently speaks about the power of design at industry events around the world. A fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Building Museum, Baker is passionate about producing design solutions that optimize trends in alignment with his clients’ core objectives.

 

Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, ISHC

Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, ISHC
President and Owner, ForrestPerkins

Deborah Lloyd Forrest is president and owner of ForrestPerkins, an international hospitality design and architecture firm with offices in Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. A Fellow of ASID, she served on the ASID Board of Directors and was honored as an ASID Designer of Distinction. Forrest is a member of Hospitality Design magazine's Platinum Circle, and she also is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). Her current projects include the renovation of the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C., The Morrison-Clark, also in Washington, D.C., and the St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio.

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow
Senior Associate, MSR

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn is a senior associate at MSR. She has focused her career on designing workplace solutions, with an emphasis on design excellence and sustainable design. As a national leader in sustainable design solutions, several of her projects have garnered national and state design awards, including the Red Stag Supper Club—the first LEED-CI Silver certified restaurant in Minnesota. Prior to joining MSR, Schoessler Lynn co-founded and led an independent architecture and interior design studio focused on sustainable design for five years. She also led the interior design and workplace practice for two major Minnesota design firms. She is a frequent lecturer on workplace issues and sustainable design and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Schoessler Lynn is immediate past chair of ASID and was inducted into the ASID College of Fellows in 2009. She was awarded the 2011 Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University. She received the 2004 Designer of Distinction award from the ASID Minnesota Chapter as well as a “40 Under 40” award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

 

Naseema Shafi

Naseema Shafi
Deputy Executive Director, Whitman-Walker Clinic

In her role as deputy executive director of Whitman-Walker Health, Naseema Shafi works closely with the CEO to implement the strategic initiatives of the Board of Directors and other high priority objectives. She supports the oversight of both the clinical and operational areas of the health center. Specifically, she oversees major facilities planning, human resources, information technology, and property management. Integrating the areas that she oversees facilitates the provision of high-quality, affirming care. Prior to her current role, Shafi, an attorney by trade, was Whitman-Walker’s COO and director of compliance, overseeing issues related to corporate compliance, risk management, and the organization’s audits. She has been with Whitman-Walker Health since 2007. Shafi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

 

Timothy J. Tobin, Ed.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Timothy J. Tobin, Ed.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Global Learning and Leadership Development Marriott International, Inc.

Tim Tobin is Vice President, Global Learning and Leadership Development at Marriott International and author of “Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Motivate, and Inspire” (Berrett Koehler). In his current role, Tobin is responsible for leadership development strategy, programs, curriculum, and activities.

Prior to Marriott, Tobin was Director, Talent Management at Baker Tilly (formerly Beers + Cutler) where he designed and implemented their corporate university and leadership programs. In a previous role at Booz Allen Hamilton, he led numerous leadership, training, and human resource initiatives, and was a key contributor for a Booz Allen Hamilton Partner Development Program. At each of the aforementioned organizations, he received several individual, team performance, and program awards for leadership and talent development excellence. Among this recognition is the 2014 Chief Learning Officer Global Learning Award, 2012 Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Innovation Award, and the 2005 Future Human Capital Leader award from Human Capital Magazine.

On a personal note, Tim is an eight-time marathon finisher and three-time Ironman triathlon finisher.

 

Lori Zukin, Ph.D.

Lori Zukin, Ph.D.
Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Lori Zukin leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s leadership development practice and is on the faculty at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is also a coach for the inaugural Presidential Leadership Fellows Program created by Presidents Clinton and Bush. A certified leadership coach, Zukin helps individuals, teams, and organizations improve performance by focusing on both business and people perspectives. She and her team at Booz Allen built the Leadership Challenge Simulation, an immersive tool for leaders to hone their capability to develop teams, manage resources, mitigate risks, and more effectively lead.

Lori has led clients in both the public and private sectors in solving their toughest organizational challenges. Lori has contributed her subject matter expertise to a variety of publications and organizations, including Bloomberg, the Conference Board, the American Society for Training and Development, the International Coach Federation, and the International Association for Change Management Professionals.

 

Randy Fiser

Randy W. Fiser
CEO, American Society of Interior Designers

Randy W. Fiser is CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). He oversees the Society’s strategic planning, financial management, and national operations for the organization’s more than 25,000 members who work across all sectors of residential and commercial interior design. He leads the network of 48 ASID chapters throughout the United States and Canada to advance the profession, communicating the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience and to transform lives. Dedicated to advancing community and economic development, Fiser brings to his role a unique point of view about the capacity of design to make a positive impact on human health, well-being, and productivity. Prior to ASID, Fiser held leadership roles in strategic management, finance, operations, programs, and planning with Achieve Inc., Make It Right, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry, FASID
CEO, Greenway Group

As CEO of Greenway Group, Lisa Henry leads the executive team at Greenway Group and Greenway Communications, publisher of DesignIntelligence. Greenway’s clients benefit from her depth of experience in business management and design practice. She works as a trusted consultant with A&D firms to develop strategies to improve their business performance. Her expertise includes strategic planning, firm transition, business development, and marketing strategy for design professionals. Before joining Greenway, she served as Knoll’s regional director of architecture and design. She also worked with Merrill Lynch as a commodity trading advisor and fund manager. Henry is an active participant and member of the Executive Board of the Design Futures Council and World Design Forum. She is an allied member of the American Institute of Architects and a past national president of ASID. Henry also is a prolific writer and a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities. She delivers continuing education courses at conferences and for professional design organizations on the topics of market development, A&D firm best business practices, and strategic planning and implementation.