SCALE Kick-off & Connection

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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. Her research explores nature-integration in interior environments through theory, narrative, and designed solutions for increased wellbeing, equity, and delight. Her approach to the topic spans student inquiry, focused research, and designed solutions. Her professional work at firms including Perkins & Will, Gensler and CallisonRTKL allowed exposure to projects ranging from large scale healthcare to workplace design. She is involved in Interior Design licensing advocacy in the state and Nebraska. In 2020, she was recognized as one of eight American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Ones to Watch scholars. She serves on the Interior Design Educator Council (IDEC) Foundation board as a Director and also currently serves on the IIDA Equity Council. 

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


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, RID, LEED AP BD+C

Associate, Interior Designer


Heather Sutherland is an Associate, Interior Designer 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.


SCALE Kick-off & Connection
09/10/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
09/10/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes Join us in the Learning Lounge to kick-off your SCALE experience.