IDSA Membership Meeting - 2020 Year In Review

Dec 12 2021 - 1:32pm


On Thursday, October 14, 2021, IDSA's Executive Director presented the annual membership meeting and year in review. During this session, Chris Livaudais, IDSA provided a look back on our 2020 performance as well as updates on how the association has been navigating our journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. This annual event is an important moment to share information with IDSA membership in a public forum about the current and future status of our Society.  Thank you to those who attended this event live. Usually this is an in-person meeting; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was held virtually. 



Topics covered include:


  • Macro trends facing associations
  • Navigating the uncertainties of COVID-19

2020 Highlights

  • Relocated IDSA headquarter office
  • Navigated uncertainties of COVID-19
  • Pivoted all conferences to virtual format
  • Many chapters and sections remained active
  • Initiated our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

2020 Financial Report

  • Finished the year with a positive net balance
  • Clean financial audit
  • Achieved our long-standing goal of building financial reserve balance

2021 Highlights So Far

  • Women in Design - Launched new Chapters, Committee, and Advisory Council
  • IDEA - Highest number of entries ever received
  • Design Foundation - Launched new website, new messaging and positioning, increased scholarship to $3K, ongoing revitalization efforts
  • Membership Survey - First since 2016, critical in our ability to understand needs of our community

Closing Statements / Looking Ahead

  • Focus and prioritization 
  • Program refinement and development
  • Anticipating the return to in-person programs