Inspiring Change

IDSA's First Women+Design Summit Set for San Diego

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)'s first Women+Design Summit (#IDSAWomenDesign) arrives May 12, 2017 at the Renaissance San Diego—focusing on the unique challenges and accomplishments of women in design. See the schedule and sessions and register online by May 8. A welcome reception sponsored by PepsiCo at the Renaissance San Diego Rooftop Lounge is scheduled for May 11.

"I'm looking forward to working with women across the Society to elevate our voices in the industry," says Megan Neese, IDSA, of Renault-Nissan Alliance, who—on May 1—becomes the fourth woman to assume the role of Chair of IDSA's Board of Director's in the Society's 50+ year history. "My colleagues and collaborators lead IDSA’s Women in Design Special Interest Section and a rare, all-female slate of officers is rejuvenating one of IDSA’s largest communities—the San Francisco Chapter. Now, we hope to bring discussions about women in design to a national audience at the first Women+Design Summit."

Through speakers, sessions, panels, workshops and a networking lunch—the summit will delve into personal stories, experiences and ever evolving topics. Morning keynote Maaike Evers, who has spearheaded an alternative design studio formula in San Francisco, will share how she's guided by her passion and energy for design. Afternoon keynote Erica Eden, director of global innovation at Pepsico, will explain why "Women Are Not Robots" as she reveals "A Case for a Human Approach to Innovation."

Go behind the wheel with Diane Allen of Nissan Design America in "Driving Design: Women in Automotive Design." Emma Segal of Disrupt Design will deliver the "Gender Equity Toolkit" workshop. Andrea Small, director of product and portfolio strategy at Herman Miller, shares "Untold Stories" of the women behind some of the most iconic designs of our time.

Rebecca Alvord, IDSA, of GE Appliances and a member of the IDSA Board, takes the helm of the "Inspiring Leadership" workshop. "Prepare to be challenged!" she declares. IDSA San Francisco Chapter Chair and IDSA Women in Design Section Vice Chair Ti Chang, IDSA, of Crave, will take attendees from "Industrial Designer to Entrepreneur."

A seasoned panel of female designers will tackle questions about work-life balance and challenges that have impacted their success in life and design. Join Nancy Perkins, FIDSA, of Perkins Design Ltd., as she hosts "Gender Equity By Design" with Pattie Moore, FIDSA, an internationally-renowned designer, gerontologist and authority on consumer lifespan behaviors who was featured by ABC News as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium; former IDSA Board Chair and President Betty Baugh, FIDSA, and Katherine Bennett, IDSA, of Art Center College of Design.

"Together we will dive into the journey of being a woman in design. We will look at how far we’ve come and how we arrived here, then push forward to see how far we still have to go," says Neese. "Several generations will weigh in as we discuss, debate and attempt to solve real world issues."

And of course, come early, stay late to experience all that San Diego has to offer: arts and culture; attractions; beaches and bays; coastal cuisine; parks and gardens; shopping; spas and wellness; sports and recreation; sightseeing and more. San Diego is ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of The Best Big Cities in the United States and by JD Power among top Destination Experiences.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @IDSA; Instagram @IDSAdesign; and Industrial Designers Society of America on Facebook and LinkedIn using #IDSAWomenDesign.