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 four 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.
March 21, 2017
ASID Ones to Watch opens
April 26, 2017
All submissions due (Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on April 26, 2017)
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)
Skills and Leadership Assessment for all 2017 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars
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)
Attend and present at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)
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
Please describe a time when your background influenced you as a leader or how you leveraged your unique perspective to step into a leadership role. (Not to exceed 750 words)