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 Leaders Breakfast 2018



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.


2018 Dates



When: Friday, May 11, 2018 
Where: Four Seasons Atlanta, 75 14th St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 
Speaker: Walt Ehmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Waffle House, Inc.  
Honoree: Kris Kirchner, IIDA, ASID

New York
When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Where: 583 Park Ave., New York, New York
Speaker: Nataly Kogan, Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur, Founder of Happier
Connect: Website, FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn
Honoree: Mavis Wiggins, IIDA, Managing Executive, TPG Architecture

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Where: Hilton Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar St., Houston, Texas
Speaker: Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, Co-founder, Terreform ONE 
Connect: Website, FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn
Honoree: Marilyn Archer, FIIDA, Principal and Managing Director, archer + eby


San Francisco
When: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
Where: Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St., San Francisco, California 
Speaker: August de los Reyes, Inclusive Designer
Connect: LinkedIn
Honoree: Bill van Erp, Resource Director, Gensler

Los Angeles
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Where: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Wilshire Grand Center), 900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Speaker: Ruth E. Carter, Oscar-nominated Costume Designer
Connect: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Honoree: Jayna Zweiman, Artist, Designer, Co-creator/Co-founder of Pussyhat Project, and Creator/Founder of Welcome Blanket

When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
Where: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay St., Toronto, Canada
Speaker: Janice Kaplan, former Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine and bestselling author ofThe Gratitude Diaries
Connect: Website, Twitter
Honoree: Victoria Horobin, Founding Principal, KBH Interior Design Inc.

When: Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
Where: Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, Texas 
Speaker: Phil Hansen, Internationally Recognized Multimedia Artist
Connect: Website, Twitter, Instagram
Honoree: Lindsay Wilson, President and Executive Managing Principal, Interiors Market Sector Leader, Corgan 

When: Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Speaker: Jessica O. Matthews, Founder and CEO, Uncharted Power
Connect: Website, FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, Instagram
Honoree: Fred Schmidt, FIIDA, Managing Principal, Global Interior Design Practice Leader, Perkins+Will


For questions about Leaders Breakfast, contact Anastasia Gedman, director of outreach and engagement, at