ASID Ones to Watch


ASID Introduces the Ones to Watch Program

ASID recognizes the need  to grow diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. Through ASID Ones to Watch, the Society aims to create new opportunities for rising leaders and to ensure that diversity is better reflected at all levels of the industry.

The new ASID Ones to Watch program will identify and recognize rising leaders in the interior design industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. They are poised to take the next leap in their careers. Up to 20 applicants will be honored as ASID Ones to Watch award winners within four unique categories: Design Excellence, Education Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership, and Volunteer Leadership. Emphasis will be placed on participants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles in the interior design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities. Eligibility ranges from emerging professional to advanced designer with the goal of honoring individuals who are ready and eager to advance within the profession.

ASID will select up to eight scholars to participate in an exciting leadership development training program. The two-year program will teach scholars to lead with authenticity through experiential learning, coaching, and mentoring. In the first year, scholars will learn to leverage and embrace their unique perspectives and backgrounds to excel in their careers. During the second year, scholars will have the opportunity to serve as mentors to the next class of Ones to Watch scholars.

The application period for Ones to Watch is closed. Winners will be announced June 2017. 

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March 21, 2017
ASID Ones to Watch opens

May 3, 2017
All submissions due (Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 3, 2017)

May 2017
Jury meets

Late May 2017
Winners informed

July 13-15, 2017
ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars announced at The Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID in San Diego (3 day commitment)

August 2017
Skills and Leadership Assessment for all 2017 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars

September 2017
Attend Platform: A Forum for Design Visionaries with an exclusive leadership training workshop prior to the event (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)

Sept. 2017 – March 2018
Participate in leadership development curriculum designed specifically for Ones to Watch, including one on one executive coaching and experimental learning via conference calls and virtual applications. (4-6 hours per month)

March 2018
Attend and present at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)

July 2018
Attend and present at The ASID Leadership Experience (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)

July 2018 - June 2019
Serve as a mentor to the 2018 Ones to Watch Scholars



  • Be actively employed in the interior design industry
  • Have five - 15 years of experience in the interior design industry
  • Be on a path to a senior and/or executive-level position in the interior design industry
  • Applicants for the Design Excellence category must be employed by a firm with at least 25 employees
  • Be part of an under-represented group in industry management roles including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities
  • ASID membership in not required to be considered for the ASID Ones to Watch awards, but is required for those selected as leadership development scholars. Applicants do not need to be members to apply
  • Current employees of Steelcase and its direct competitors are not eligible
  • Be fully committed to participate in the Ones to Watch scholar program if selected, and have employer support



Benefits for Award Winners
  • Establish new professional connections with peers and industry leaders
  • Gain national recognition
  • Expand participation at ASID events and conferences as invited guests
  • Access leadership opportunities with ASID and the design community



Additional Benefits for Scholars
  • Receive one on one and group executive leadership coaching
  • Gain volunteer experiences to enhance leadership potential
  • Receive complimentary registrations and travel stipends to select ASID national programs in 2017 and 2018
  • Access to mentors and peer networking
  • Earn national media exposure