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Leaders Breakfast 2019


History: Design, Leadership, Community


Launched in New York in 1989 by Jeannie Bochette of Steelcase, the IIDA Leaders Breakfast series began as a single event. The goal of the event was to introduce IIDA to the business world as a leading association of Commercial Interior Design and to inform IIDA Members about major economic issues affecting them and their clients. The event established a forum where IIDA Members and their clients could participate and network with peers. In 2007, with the help of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), Leaders Breakfast expanded internationally to Canada.


International Benefactors


The IIDA Leaders Breakfast is proud to have Interior Design Media and Herman Miller as the International Benefactors of the event.

Interior Design Media —With their established platform of excellence in the interior design community, Interior Design Media provides unparalleled promotion for the event through the creation of Leaders Breakfast graphics, brochures, and advertisements. They also provide Breakfast attendees with copies of Interior Design magazine, the definitive resource for interior designers, architects, and other design professionals.

Herman Miller — Throughout the years, Herman Miller has presented recipients of the Leadership of Excellence Award with an innovative and steadfast symbol of design excellence. Until late 2014, Herman Miller honored award recipients with a molded plywood splint in its original packaging from World War II designed by Charles and Ray Eames. With the splint in limited quantities and held in the Herman Miller archives, Herman Miller produced a special edition stool made from sustainable ash, stained in a signature translucent aniline red, a favorite color of Charles and Ray Eames. Exclusive only to Leaders Breakfast award recipients, the stool is now the symbol of the Leaders Breakfast series. A specialty book about the history of the stool, including a framed print from the Herman Miller design archives, accompanies the award.




If you have questions about Leaders Breakfast, contact Fiore Barbini, Leaders Breakfast Manager, at




Thank you to the Leaders Breakfast International Benefactors.