Welcome to IDSA’s first Women+Design Summit. This new event, set for May 12, 2017 at the Renaissance San Diego, will focus on the unique challenges and accomplishments of women in design by learning from other fields and offer an opportunity to network, collaborate, learn, grow and share together.
I am honored to become the fourth woman to hold the position of Chair on IDSA’s Board of Directors and I am looking forward to the opportunities to work with women across the Society to elevate our voices in the industry. 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 diversity in design to a national audience at the first Women+Design Summit. Through speakers, sessions, panels, workshops and more—we will delve into personal stories, experiences and ever evolving topics. IDSA San Francisco Chapter Chair and IDSA Women in Design Section Vice Chair Ti Chang, IDSA, will share her journey in Industrial Designer to Entrepreneur. Speakers include Maaike Evers, who has spearheaded an alternative design studio formula in San Francisco; Erica Eden, director of global innovation at Pepsico; and Andrea Small, director of product and portfolio strategy at Herman Miller. Rebecca Alvord, IDSA, of GE Appliances, will host a workshop on "Inspiring Leadership."
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. Several generations will weigh in as we discuss, debate and attempt to solve real world issues. And of course, come early, stay late to Spring into San Diego! Reconnect with friends; recharge with new ideas; and relax at festivals, concerts and cultural events. 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 using #IDSAWomenDesign. Bring your friends, colleagues, classmates and more. Be a part of Women+Design!
Megan Neese, IDSA
IDSA Chair, IDSA Board of Directors
Senior Manager, Renault-Nissan Alliance