Sustainable Leadership Deep Dive 2022


The Sustainable Leadership Deep Dive 2022 is an opportunity for professionals to increase their knowledge at the intersection of earth-saving design practices and the value-driven role design plays in strategic decision-making and successful business outcomes. 



Over the course of this 2-day experience, you'll gain the tools and insight you need to champion sustainability within your organization. You'll learn how to position yourself as a design leader capable of demonstrating the benefits of a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. 

This completely virtual (conducted via Zoom) event builds upon and is an evolution of IDSA’s popular Sustainability and Business of Design Deep Dives. All sessions will be recorded and made available to ticket holders after the event.


Why this event matters


Industrial design has long proven itself as a vital component of corporate culture, service offerings, bottom line growth, and exceptional customer experiences. Sustainable practices in the business sector have also demonstrated positive impact across a wide spectrum of industries and product categories. Now, as the once separate languages of design and sustainable business continue to converge, it is vital that we, as designers, know how to enable a dialogue that helps our business counterparts succeed financially, while also delivering meaningful, human-centered solutions to the marketplace without sacrifice.




Lew Epstein spent nearly 27 years leading Steelcase brands. Now his time is dedicated to helping create a healthier, more sustainable world through climate action. To that end, Lew is a special advisor to the Foundation For Climate Restoration (F4CR); a contributor to the Queens Climate Project: Compost Taskforce in New York; a strategic advisor to Zauben, an eco-minded company committed to healthier living; and the founder of a new content platform that will make it easier for designers to drive climate action further, currently in development.

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Cia Mooney, IDSA, is an industrial designer based in Portland, Oregon. She works with ambitious manufacturers of industrial craft to bring new ideas to market, sustainably designed and skillfully delivered. Her international career spans the design of products, objects, furniture, lighting, environments, and exhibitions. She is the former Chief Design Officer for Watson, a commercial furniture manufacturer widely recognized for award-winning design and sustainable practices.

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Schedule at a glance
(times in Eastern US timezone)

Day 1 - May 18

11:00am - Welcome Remarks
11:15am - Speaker Sessions
1:30pm - Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - Speaker Sessions
3:15pm - Speaker Q&A Roundtable
3:45pm - Closing Remarks

Day 2 - May 19

11:00am - Welcome Remarks
11:15am - Speaker Sessions
1:30pm - Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - Panel Discussion
3:15pm - Speaker Q&A Roundtable
3:45pm - Closing Remarks

Gain and display expertise


IDSA’s virtual Deep Dives enable attendees to learn from and interact with top-tier design leaders from around the world. Attendees can expect a comprehensive professional development opportunity for designers at every level. 

To help you position yourself as a subject matter expert within your company or with clients, IDSA has partnered with the digitial credentials organization Credly. Upon completion of both days of this event, attendees will receive access to a digital credential you can proudly display on your LinkedIn, website, email signature, and other digital platforms. It's a great way to level up in your career by showing off the new skills and professional development you've gained from this Deep Dive.


Thank you to our sponsors & event partners


Content Team

Thank you to our amazing content team. They have been hard at work to bring you the most inspiring event.

Scott Boylston, IDSA

Lew Epstein

Lorraine Justice, Ph.D., FIDSA

Cia Mooney, IDSA

Caterina Rizzoni, IDSA