IIDA to Host Virtual 2020 Advocacy Symposium – Sep. 8-10

IIDA is hosting its annual Advocacy Symposium virtually this year with the series taking place September 8-10. The three days of programming will explore the benefits of design thinking in public office, the importance of activism and voting, and the way a design background can influence policymaking.

IIDA invites the design community to be included in the conversation with leaders across disciplines—sparking creativity and collaboration to not only envision a better tomorrow, but to effectively enact meaningful, lasting change.

Sessions taking place during Advocacy Symposium 2020 are as follows:

Tuesday, September 8

Advocacy 101: Just the Basics
12-1p.m. Central

Approved for one (1) IDCEC CEU

An introduction to the 2020 symposium and the current issues that the interior design profession is advocating for. Presented by Emily Kelly, the director of advocacy, public policy, and legislative affairs at IIDA and Abigail Wilson, advocacy and public policy manager at IIDA. Featuring guests Thom Banks, CEO at CIDQ and Rebekah Matheny, IIDA, associate professor at The Ohio State University.

Keynote: Bill Grant, Design Thinking in Public Office
2-3 p.m. Central

Approved for one (1) IDCEC CEU

John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, Assoc. AIA, deputy director and senior vice president, IIDA in discussion with Bill Grant, president and chief creative officer at Grant Design Collaborative and mayor of the City of Canton, Georgia. Grant will describe examples of the impact that he has had as a design professional in public service as mayor and city council member.

Wednesday, September 9

Advocacy with Sascha Wagner
12-12:30 p.m. Central 

A conversation between Susanne Molina, FIIDA, design manager at Gensler and Sascha Wagner, FIIDA, 2020-21 President of the IIDA International Board of Directors and president and CEO at Huntsman Architectural Group.

Designers in Public Office
2-3 p.m. Central 

Approved for one (1) IDCEC CEU

Moderated by Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, executive vice president and CEO, IIDA and featuring panelists Bonnie Limbird, IIDA of SFS Architecture and City Councilwoman of Prairie Village, Kansas and Julie Sayers, IIDA, senior project manager at Encompas and City Councilwoman of Lenexa, Kansas for a discussion covering running for local office and the important role designers can play in making decisions for local communities.

Thursday, September 10

Adapting Advocacy: State of Affairs
12-1 p.m. Central

Approved for one (1) IDCEC CEU

Moderated by Emily Kelly, IIDA’s director of advocacy, public policy, and legislative affairs and featuring panelists Buddy Julius, founding partner at The Firm Consulting; Dave Roberts, partner at Nortelus Roberts Group; Bryan Soukup, VP of government and public affairs at ASID; and Abigail Wilson, advocacy and public policy manager at IIDA. Panelists will discuss the legislative successes and challenges the interior design community faced in 2020 and how the upcoming elections and COVID-19 may affect state government in 2021.

Adapting Advocacy: Stories from the Frontlines
2-3 p.m. Central

Approved for one (1) IDCEC CEU

Moderated by Abigail Wilson, IIDA’s advocacy and public policy manager and featuring panelists Kate Chapman, IIDA, managing director at Blitz Architecture and Design and president-elect at IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter; Rebecca Davisson, IIDA, partner at Designmind and VP of advocacy at IIDA North Florida Chapter; Melissa Destree, IIDA, AIA, principal architect and interior designer at Destree Architecture and Design, VP of advocacy at IIDA Wisconsin Chapter; and Emily Kelly IIDA’s director of advocacy, public policy, and legislative affairs. Panelists will discuss best practices in grassroots advocacy including how to mobilize members to take action and how to best navigate the legislative process as a chapter board leader.

Registration is free for student members, $15 for members, and $30 for non-members.

About IIDA

IIDA is the commercial interior design association with a global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day. www.iida.org