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 Leaders Breakfast 2017



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.


2017 Dates



When: Friday, May 5, 2017 
Where: Four Seasons Atlanta, 75 14th St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 
Speaker: Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, co-founder of Terreform ONE and associate professor of Practice at New York University
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Honoree: Liset Robinson, IIDA, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP, SEED, associate chair of interior design, Savannah College of Art and Design

New York
: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Where: 583 Park Ave., New York, New York
Speaker: Judith Jamison, artistic director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Honoree: Annie Lee, IIDA, LEED AP, principal, Environetics


San Francisco
When: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Where: Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St., San Francisco, California
Speaker: Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO of Uncharted Play
Connect: Website, LinkedIn
Honoree: Mary Davidge, IIDA, USGBC, LEED fellow, director of campus design, Google Inc.

Los Angeles
When: Friday, Sept. 15
Where: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Wilshire Grand Center), 900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Speaker: Julie Burstein, author, TED Speaker, Peabody Award-winning radio producer
Connect: Website, Twitter
Honoree: Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA) 

When: Friday, Sept. 29
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Speaker: Welby Altidor, former executive creative director of creations, Cirque du Soleil
Connect: Twitter, LinkedIn
Honoree: Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID, AMA-EC, vice president, director of interiors, HOK Chicago

: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 7 - 9:30 a.m.
Where: Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, Texas
Speaker: Celeste Headlee, NPR host and author of Heard Mentality
Honoree: Amie Keener, IIDA, RID, LEED AP, CDT, associate, Gensler


: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Where: Intercontinental Toronto Centre, 225 Front St. W, Toronto, Canada
Speaker: Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., LEED AP, senior vice president, Delos 
Connect: WebsiteLinkedIn
Honoree: Susan Mole, former interior design principal at DIALOG and partner at Mole White & Associates Ltd.



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Thank you to the Leaders Breakfast International Benefactors.