Learning Lounge Morning Connection (Sunday)

Connect with SCALE attendees in the Learning Lounge and discuss what you have gained from the morning breakouts.

Join practitioners, peers, speakers, and sponsors in the Learning Lounge for informal fishbowl conversations and pop-ups. In our fishbowl conversations, you will have the opportunity to observe or participate in thought-starter discussions to learn from leaders and your peers. Topic based pop-up conversations will be presenter lead to give you a deeper understanding on areas that impact your career. Be sure to connect with SCALE sponsors to learn about products and develop essential industry relationships.

Pop-up Presentation

  • Working in Workplace Design: Mike Goetz, ASID, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Designer | Principal, HOK

Fishbowl Discussions:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) in Design 
    • Facilitators: Taruan Mabry, Creator/Owner, Mabry Art + Design Studio and Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, University of Nebraska
  • What Difference Does Design Make? 
    • Facilitator: Kelsey Davidson, ASID, Principal Interior Designer, SALT, LLC

Kelsey Davidson, ASID

Principal Interior Designer


Kelsey is a Principal at SALT, an Interior Design firm, located in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2011. Kelsey worked as a residential interior designer, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design for two years before she switched gears to commercial interior design, and began working for SALT in 2013 (formerly RIM Design). Kelsey has been a project designer on a variety of projects since joining SALT, participating in projects from programming through construction administration, becoming familiar with all aspects of the profession. Kelsey's ability to methodically and efficiently work through the various technical complexities that come with any design project, and her keen communication skills have made her an invaluable member of the team at SALT. She thrives on organization and enjoys the many intricate layers of design that make up any project. Kelsey's favorite parts about design are improving the function of space, and figuring out how it will all go together -- it's all in the details!


Mike Goetz, ASID, AIA, LEED AP

Principal | Director of Design, Interiors


Mike Goetz, ASID, AIA, LEED AP, is a Principal and Director of Design, Interiors with HOK. With 14+ years of design experience in the corporate workspace, hospitality and higher education, Mike excels at creating highly functional and efficient environments that are also unique, colorful and inspirational. (emphasis on colorful). Mike’s interiors work has been featured in several publications, most notably in Interior Design magazine with the May 2016 cover story showcasing the Pritzker Group’s Los Angeles Headquarters, the November 2018 issue with California Institute of Technology’s Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics and Physics, and the May 2017 issue with Alibaba Pictures. Other notable projects of Mike’s include The Trade Desk in Los Angeles and Irvine, Honeywell’s Global Headquarters and a Confidential Coworking space in downtown Los Angeles. As a thought leader, he has been quoted in several publications and spoken on panels to discuss workplace design and employee engagement. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Design from Arizona State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Parsons.

Taruan Mabry


Mabry Art + Design Studio

As an artist, illustrator, and designer, Taruan prefers to engage personably with clients and colleagues to develop and deliver comfortable, classic, and timeless interior spaces.  One of his strongest skill sets is having the artistic ability to communicate ideas visually by interpreting forms and proportions through illustrations and hand sketching. Illustrating design solutions that bypass verbal description provide instant clarity of understanding a design.  Extensive hospitality experience enables him to resolve perplexing project challenges with a thoughtful approach and deliver a memorable interior space.  During his time as an adjunct instructor at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), he encouraged students, like his clients, to be conscious of environmental impact while maintaining the design integrity of the project. Taruan received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Georgia State University in Atlanta GA in 2005, and a Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments from NYSID in 2012. As an inquisitive and interactive collaborator, he thrives mostly in an eclectic work environment where his colleagues of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences converge to influence their design missions.  He firmly believes different viewpoints help create the best design direction for each project in studio.

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.


Learning Lounge Morning Connection
09/12/2021 at 10:45 AM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
09/12/2021 at 10:45 AM (EDT)   |  45 minutes Join us in the Learning Lounge (District Ballroom) for conversation and connection.