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Leadership of Excellence Award and a special edition Charles and Ray Eames
stool awarded by Herman Miller. While the format may be pretty straightforward,
the outcome dictates a seamless experience where design, business, and leadership
coalesce—and not by accident. As the Commercial Interior Design Association,
it is critically important that the art, science, and business of design are branded
The business of design is celebrated through the recognition of design leaders,
creative pioneers in the arts and enterprise. “The value and importance of the
design community is highlighted throughout this event by honoring remarkable
people within the industry, allowing the audience to hear their journey and their
passion for what they do,” said Anastasia Gedman, special events manager at
The list of honorees is diverse and past honorees have included Holly Hunt,
former mayor of Boston Thomas Menino, Hazel Siegel, and Art Gensler, FIIDA. In
charting their careers, what stands out is each honoree’s drive to envision what
has yet to be realized. As Mayor Menino once told Boston University’s The Daily
Free Press just eight months before he passed, “My experience is 20 years being
mayor. I was running a $2 billion corporation and making sure that corporation runs
smoothly. My expertise is good management skills and the ability to be creative.
That’s what’s important today, finding new ways of doing things. Think outside of
the box. Think differently. When you stick to the status quo, it means you’re going
backwards. We don’t want to go backwards; we want to move forward.”
The essence of design is storytelling, and the value of Leaders Breakfast is its
mission to inspire, engage, and invoke through powerful keynote speakers who
embody the Leaders Breakfast spirit. “Our mission for the Breakfast is to offer our
guests a morning that will deliver a profound and thought-provoking message,”
said Suzette Rhodes, Leaders Breakfast New York chapter committee member.
Keynote speakers from various industries deliver stories about their personal
experiences, struggles, and successes, taking the audience outside of their everyday
design lives and jolting them with a fresh vision, a renewed sense of perspective,
The value and importance of the design community is highlighted throughout this event by
honoring remarkable people within the industry, allowing the audience to hear their
journey and their passion for what they do.
— Anastasia Gedman, special events manager at IIDA Headquarters