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Leaders Breakfast 2016



The IIDA Leaders Breakfast is an annual international event series that celebrates design's importance in the global market place by honoring the people who are both the legacy and future of design. Each chosen host city organizes a breakfast that features a renowned keynote speaker to provoke and encourage new ideas, and recognizes one city-selected honoree who has made significant contributions to the design industry.


2016 Dates



When: Friday, May 6, 2016
Venue: Venue: Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia
Speaker: Celeste Headlee, Host and Executive Producer of On Second Thought on Georgia Public Broadcast
Honoree: Deirdre O’Sullivan, IIDA, LEED AP, President, Idea | Span

New York
: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Venue: 583 Park Ave., New York, New York
Speaker: Jake Barton, Principal, Local Projects
Connect: Website, Facebook, Twitter
Honoree: Julio Braga, FIIDA, LEED AP, Principal and Design Director, IA Interior Architects  


When: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
: Westin Dallas Downtown, Pecan Ballroom, Floor 32, 1201 Main St, Dallas, Texas
Speaker: Alec Ross, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Former Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the U.S. State Department
Connect: WebsiteTwitterLinkedIn
Honoree: Cynthia Mohr, FIDEC, Chair of the Design Department, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas

When: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
: Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria, 2626 Sage Road, Houston, Texas
Speaker: Polly LaBarre, Author, Mavericks at Work; Founding Member – Fast Company Magazine; Co-Founder/Editorial Director, The Management Innovation eXchange 
Connect: WebsiteTwitterLinkedIn
Honoree: Gail Sterling, FIIDA, AAHID, Principal at WHR Architects

Los Angeles
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
LA Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California
Celeste Headlee, Host and Executive Producer of On Second Thought on Georgia Public Broadcast
The Skid Row Housing Trust, accepted by Chief Executive Officer Mike Alvidrez

San Francisco
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
: Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St., San Francisco, California
Speaker: Mick Ebeling, Innovator, Inventor, World Humanitarian, and Author of Not Impossible
Connect: Website, FacebookTwitterLinkedIn
Honoree: David Mourning, FIIDA, AIA, President, CEO, and Founder of IA Interior Architects

When: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 7 - 10 a.m. 
Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 
Speaker: Polly LaBarre, Author, Mavericks at Work; Founding Member – Fast Company Magazine; Co-Founder/Editorial Director, The Management Innovation eXchange 
Honoree: Eileen Jones, IIDA, AIGA, SEGD, LEED AP ID+C, Principal & Branded Environments Global Practice Leader, Perkins + Will

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, 7:30 - 10 a.m. 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Canada
Dr. George Butterfield, O.C., B.A., LL.B, LL.D (Hon.), President and Creator, Butterfield & Robinson Inc.
Posthumous Honoree:
 Matthew Searle, Design Advocate, Former President of Searle & Company

For questions about Leaders Breakfast, contact Anastasia Gedman, Leaders Breakfast and Special Events Manager, at  


Thank you to the Leaders Breakfast International Benefactors.