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 Leaders Breakfast 2019



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.


2019 Dates



New York
When: May 9 
Where: 583 Park Ave., New York, New York
Speaker: Phil Hansen, Internationally Recognized Multimedia Artist
Connect: WebsiteTwitterInstagram
Honoree: Erin Ruby, IIDA, CID, Owner, Erin Ruby Design

When: May 10
Where: Four Seasons Atlanta, 75 14th St. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 
Speaker: Jen Hidinger-Kendrick, Co-founder and Spokesperson, Giving Kitchen   
Connect: Website, Instagram
Honoree: Stephanie D. Kirkpatrick, IIDA, ASID, Director of Interior Design, Niles Bolton Associates

When: May 21
Where: The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas
Speaker: Terri Trespicio, Award-winning Writer, Speaker, and Brand Advisor 
Connect: Website, FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn
Honoree: Houston Furniture Bank


San Francisco
When: September 6
Where: Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St., San Francisco, California 
Speaker: Heather McGhee, Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President of Demos; Expert in Racial Healing
Honoree: Collin Burry, Collin Burry FIIDA LEED AP, Principal, Gensler

Los Angeles
When: September 12
Where: JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Speaker: Majora Carter, Real Estate Developer
Honoree: Humble Design

When: September 27
Where: Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, Texas 
Speaker: Terri Trespicio, Award-winning Writer, Speaker, and Brand Advisor
Honoree: Vicki VanStavern, Owner and Founder of VanStavern Design Group
When: November 15
Where: The Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E, Toronto, Canada
Speaker: Drew Dudley, International Leadership Speaker, Bestselling Author
Honoree: Isabelle Talbot, Ray Inc.
When: December 13
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Speaker: Terri Trespicio, Award-winning Writer, Speaker, and Brand Advisor
Honoree: Mitchell Cohen, Principal at DESIGN Advisory and Diane Schroeder, Owner at Diane Schroeder: Art & Design

For questions about Leaders Breakfast, contact Fiore Barbini, Leaders Breakfast Manager, at