SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit

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The must-attend event of the year for career minded interior design students! 
  • EXPLORE ways to prepare for your first professional roles, while gaining insight from leading-edge speakers. 
  • EXPERIENCE your potential career through tours of top design firms and projects.
  • LEARN from an amazing lineup of thought leaders in your field, who will share their personal stories and inspire you to make your career aspirations realities.
  • NETWORK with industry leaders, partners and peers. Bring your resume, portfolio, and most importantly, your talent, to build your network and become part of the design community.


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  • Kick off SCALE by connecting with all summit attendees through interactive games, in depth conversations, and more!

    Kick off SCALE by connecting with all summit attendees through interactive games, in depth conversations, and more!

    Meet your fellow attendees right away – your peers, leading design professionals, educators, and program sponsors. Get energized to jump start your SCALE experience and take advantage of all the opportunities to connect. You’ll meet people who could help you at every stage of your career, including future colleagues, managers, mentors, and key industry partners.

    Fishbowl Discussions:

    • What do you want in a first job? 
      • FacilitatorSantiago Rivera, Allied ASID, Foundations, Associations & Organizations Regional Leader/Associate, Gensler
    • Burnout is real: How do you take care of yourself in school and in your professional life? 
      • Facilitator: Greer May, Allied ASID, Associate Principal, Studio 11 Design
    • Cross-over: Do you need to focus on one design specialty? 
      • Facilitator: Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, University of Nebraska
    • Choose your own adventure! 
      • Facilitator: Heather Sutherland, ASID, Interior Designer II, Perkins&Will

    Matthew De Geeter, ASID (Moderator)

    Vice President, Education & Engagement

    American Society of Interior Designers

    Matthew De Geeter, ASID, Vice President, Education and Engagement, joined headquarters staff at the American Society of Interior Designers in 2013, bringing his background as a professional interior designer at a top-tier, international firm and as a past student, chapter, and national volunteer leader of ASID to develop meaningful experiences. Matthew delivers the value proposition of engaging with ASID through on-demand and live learning opportunities, award programs, and member benefits by mapping together the perspectives of audiences including students, educators, practitioners, and partners. The portfolio of ASID programs are positioned to build individual’s skills, celebrate the positive impact of design, and support business needs.  

    Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP

    Assistant Professor, Interior Design

    University of Nebraska

    Kendra Locklear Ordia is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has previous academic experience as an Assistant Professor at Texas State University and Kansas State University. Ordia teaches courses in materials and design studios focused on urban and contemporary issues. Kendra has presented at national and international conferences on biophilic design, spatial narrative/ecology, and design representation. As a designer and researcher, her work is rooted in broader topics of human behavior as they are expressed in the themes of biophilic design, health and well-being, environmental quality, and spatial ecologies. Her professional work at top firms like Perkins & Will, Gensler, and CallisonRTKL focused primarily on workplace and large-scale healthcare interiors. Her creative biodesign work has been exhibited at several international exhibitions, including the DesignLAB Next Nest Exhibition and Curtains: The Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium.

    Greer May, Allied ASID

    Associate Principal

    Studio 11 Design

    Greer May is an Associate Principal at Studio 11 Design with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from CIDA accredited Baylor University. From her work with hoteliers like Sands Corporation, Kerzner International, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Starwood, she has overseen project installations for anything from less than 100 to over 1,000 room hotels. In 2019, Greer established herself as an impactful mentor to her colleagues, a rising designer in the industry, and a powerful community organizer. With 14 years’ experience under her belt, this year marked a major turning point for Greer’s career growth as she began to spearhead two of the firm’s most impactful upcoming projects: the debut of Generator’s upcoming Washington D.C. property and the launch of Thompson Buckhead. Beyond the industry, Greer raised nearly $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Disease research for BvB Dallas, the largest amount to date generated by a single person.

    Santiago Rivera, Allied ASID

    Foundations, Associations & Organizations Regional Leader | Associate

    Gensler

    Santiago has been an integral member of the teams behind education, not-for-profit, workplace, and hospitality projects. He co-leads New York’s Community Impact team (Gensler’s volunteer group), is a firmwide leader for ECC 2.0 (the next generation of leaders for the Education, Civic and Culture practice area), and is regional leader for the Foundations, Associations and Organizations practice area. He leads pro-bono projects, works on research initiatives and has moderated panel discussions and round tables. In 2015, Santiago served as cultural ambassador to the new Gensler Office in Mexico City where he oversaw the development of the office culture.  Working with Change for Kids, Santiago helps fundraise and provide opportunities to over 5,000 students in the NYC public school system. He is a board member in Build Out Alliance, an organization seeking to promote and advocates for LGBTQ+ people serving openly and with pride in the building design and construction industry.

    Heather Sutherland, ASID

    Interior Designer II

    Perkins&Will

    Heather Sutherland is an Interior Designer II at Perkins&Will, where she works on a variety of projects in education and civic in their Interiors Diversified studio.  She’s been with Perkins&Will since receiving her Masters of Interior Design in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin.  Heather is actively involved in student outreach and education through programs like ACE, ASID, and RStudio.  As a Material Performance Lab member at Perkins&Will Dallas, Heather is able to spread her passion for material health and sustainability to professionals and students alike.  She is LEED AP BD+C accredited and is hard at work studying for her NCIDQ exams.  While she has lived in a variety of cities and climates, Heather has happily called Texas her home for the past ten years.

  • Get to know Teknion while enjoying an evening with friends.

    Get to know Teknion while enjoying an evening with friends.

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    Enjoy an evening with Teknion, a thought leader and innovator offering a portfolio of furniture for the modern workplace. Come prepared to explore the showroom, discover new products, meet the Teknion team, and connect with your fellow SCALE attendees. Food and beverages will be provided.


  • Set yourself apart and get a head start on the NCIDQ Exam and Certification process as a student.

    Set yourself apart and get a head start on the NCIDQ Exam and Certification process as a student.

    Earning the NCIDQ Certification gives you a competitive edge in the job market, establishes your credibility and expertise, and makes you qualified to register as an interior designer in many states. Earning the Certification involves a combination of education, work experience, and sitting for a three-part exam, and you can get a head start while you’re still in school. In this overview of the certification process, the Council for Interior Design Qualification’s CEO, Thom Banks, will share everything you need to know about the NCIDQ Exam, the importance of being certified, and recent updates, with plenty of time to get your questions answered.

    Thom Banks, Hon. FASID, Hon. Member IDC

    Chief Executive Officer

    Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ)

    Thom Banks is the chief executive responsible for CIDQ's overall strategic and operational leadership. Thom serves as a primary spokesperson to advance the organization’s global mission to establish, maintain, and assess standards for competence in the application of empirically validated practices in the interior design profession. Prior to CIDQ, Thom was chief operating officer and deputy executive director of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) from 1998-2014. Thom was also the inaugural president of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council and a founding board member of the National Academy of Environmental Design. Thom holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from James Madison University.

  • The art and importance of curating your personal brand as an emerging professional.

    The art and importance of curating your personal brand as an emerging professional.

    Personal branding is a way of establishing and consistently reinforcing who you are and what you stand for in your career and life. No sweat, right?

    Join Jen Levisen, marketing director and editor-in-chief at Mortarr, a search engine for all things commercial construction and design, as she shares tips on how to build your personal brand, advice from industry leaders on how they established theirs, and how to ensure you and your brand weather whatever comes your way — personally and professionally. 

    Jen Levisen

    Marketing Director + EiC

    Mortarr

    Jen Levisen is marketing director of Mortarr, a search engine for inspiration, products, and pros in the commercial construction and design industry. Jen is responsible for managing Mortarr's internal and external communications, and oversees the company's public relations, email marketing, and content creation efforts. Jen also developed and leads Mortarr’s Forum, an online journal featuring in-depth interviews with leading pros and brands, the latest projects, and insights from thought leaders across the industry. Her company’s work has been featured in several pubications, including Interior Design, Business of Furniture, and The Trend Report Podcast.

  • Learn how to effectively persuade others, a skill that will serve you well when advocating for your profession and for yourself.

    Learn how to effectively persuade others, a skill that will serve you well when advocating for your profession and for yourself.

    Advocating for the value of interior design and your profession, advocating for your clients, advocating for yourself – no matter the situation, advocacy means mastering the art of persuasion and the key skills of influence and communication. You will call upon these skills throughout your career, whether you’re negotiating compensation for your first job offer or working to secure new business for your firm. You need to be confident in your talking points and be prepared for the “uncomfortable” questions and challenges. Learn how to tell your own story and build your influence as you master the art of persuasion in this interactive workshop.


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    Bryan Soukup, Esq.

    Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

    American Society of Interior Designers

    As Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for ASID, Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., leads the Society's strategic efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a legislative, regulatory, and policy perspective before the federal and state governments. He is the Society's sole registered federal lobbyist and chief advocate at the state and local levels. Prior to joining ASID in summer 2018, Bryan served as Director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC).  He is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Learn how to best market your potential to prospective employers, and explore different opportunities for your career.

    Learn how to best market your potential to prospective employers, and explore different opportunities for your career.

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    Your career path with an interior design degree does not have to be prescriptive. You can leverage your skills, passions, and experiences to create your own path without limiting yourself. Uncover your career potential and learn how to best market yourself to prospective employers. In addition to exploring different career paths, you will walk away with new job search resources, tips to strengthen your resume and portfolio, and new skills to master networking, interviewing, and follow-up – all designed to help you stand out in the competitive candidate crowd.

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    Maryanna L. Hall, MS

    Senior Talent Acquisitions Partner

    California Closets

    Maryanna Hall, MS has worked in talent acquisition and human resources for 14 years, with experience in multiple industries. While her focus is matching the right talent to the right opportunity, she has also assisted companies with onboarding, employee relations, payroll, benefits, training, development, and employee recognition. She joined California Closets in March 2021 and serves as a senior yalent acquisition partner for several locations across the U.S. and Canada.   

  • Learn how to get the most out of your visit to a manufacturer, dealer, or vendor showroom, with tips on questions to ask when evaluating products and engaging with reps.

    Learn how to get the most out of your visit to a manufacturer, dealer, or vendor showroom, with tips on questions to ask when evaluating products and engaging with reps.

    Visiting manufacturer, dealer, and vendor showrooms is a key activity in the life of an interior designer. Designers visit to learn about new product lines, and to explore features in person that you can’t experience just by browsing an online catalog (i.e., how does that chair really feel?). Showrooms are also where you meet and build relationships with dealers, vendors, and manufacturers’ reps – people who will be critical partners to you in your career. 

    Join us on our guided showroom crawl and learn what questions to ask as you evaluate products and engage with reps. Structured as a scavenger hunt, you’ll have a series of answers to find in each showroom: Davis, Halcon, The Shade Store, and Blu Dot. 


  • Start your morning with pop-up presentations and breakfast in the Learning Lounge.

    Start your morning with pop-up presentations and breakfast in the Learning Lounge.

    Connect with practitioners, peers, and sponsor reps in the Learning Lounge as presenters share their experiences during topical pop-up conversations. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and your peers as you dig into the topic, and you'll walk away with a deeper understanding. Be sure to connect with SCALE sponsors to learn about products and develop essential industry relationships. 
    Breakfast will be served.

    Pop-up Presentation

    • Working in Residential Design: John Cialone, FASID, Partner, Vice President, Tom Stringer Design Partners

    John Cialone, FASID

    Partner, Vice President

    Tom Stringer Design Partners

    John Cialone, a nationally-recognized interior designer, leads a team of more than 20 professionals while managing operations at Chicago-based Tom Stringer Design Partners. As a partner and vice president of his firm, John’s enthusiasm for promoting the interior design industry is contagious. With over 25 years of experience, his work has been recognized with many awards and widely published.  

    John is a member of the Guild Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and a member of the Leaders of Design Council. He has served as a public speaker to many organizations and has mentored students across the country. John has participated in the 1+ Program, donating his firm’s services and aligning his belief that Design Impacts Lives” with the firm’s work. John also serves on the ASID National Board of Directors. 

  • Learn how to navigate the evolving residential market from design luminaries. Gain insight on how to maximize services from ASID to support your career.

    Learn how to navigate the evolving residential market from design luminaries. Gain insight on how to maximize services from ASID to support your career.

    Residential was the hottest market during the pandemic, as millions of us were suddenly learning and working from home, putting our private spaces to the test. Hear from top residential designer, Kerrie Kelly, FASID, NKBA, CAPS (2012 ASID Design Luminary Award winner) on how she is navigating the evolving market sector and the potential impact on your career choices. Additionally, Kerrie will share insights on her career and advice on how ASID has helped during her journey. You will walk away with a view of the career paths that are available with an interior design degree. ASID CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID will join to provide details on the resources available from ASID to help set you up for success.

    Kerrie Kelly, FASID, NKBA, CAPS

    CEO & Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

    Past Chair, ASID National Board of Directors

    With over 25 years of experience, Kerrie is Creative Director for Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, an award-winning California based interior design firm.  She is also an author, contributor, product designer, and multi-media consultant, helping national brands reach the interior design market. Kerrie is a Fellow and Chair to the National Board for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); Global Connect Advisor for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA); Houzz Pro Advisory Board Member; and Zillow Interior Design National Spokesperson. She is an avid representative, speaker and on-air talent for Outdoor Living and Livable Design initiatives. Kerrie has authored two books: Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide with Sunset Books and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education.  

    Gary E. Wheeler, FASID

    Chief Executive Officer

    American Society of Interior Designers

    Gary E. Wheeler is a renowned professional with more than 30 years of design experience. Distinguished for his strategic approach to workplace design, Gary began his career as co-founder of the Wheeler Group in 1978 and has since led practices at Perkins&Will, Gensler and HDR.

    Gary's ASID accomplishments include being named Designer of Distinction, granted fellowship and serving as National President. He has been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and received the Senior Fellow Award from The Design Future Council (DFC). Gary is one of the few designers with Fellow distinction with ASID and IIDA.

  • Learn how ASID is empowering designers to make a difference and positively impact our shared future.

    Learn how ASID is empowering designers to make a difference and positively impact our shared future.

    The definition of sustainability is expanding to include ecological health, with the recognition that climate change is the single largest threat to human health and economic prosperity. Where do interior designers fit in this landscape, and what role can we play to support ecological and human health in an equitable way? Learn how ASID is leading the way with the Committee on Climate Change, Health and Equity (CoCHE), empowering designers with strategies to have a positive impact on our shared future.

    David Cordell, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP

    Sr. Technical Coordinator, Associate Principal

    Perkins&Will

    As an associate principal in Perkins&Will’s Washington, D.C. office, David Cordell has served as a project designer and technical coordinator on groundbreaking projects with a particular focus on interior environments and their interaction with occupant health, wellness, and sustainability. His experience includes a va­riety of corporate, non-profit, healthcare, and science & tech projects for clients of various sizes. David has worked on numerous LEED Platinum projects, and the American Society of Interior Designers HQ, the first project in the world to earn dual Platinum certification under LEED and the WELL Building Standard. David speaks regularly on topics related to healthy interior environments.