Annual Board Meeting
Before I accepted an appointment on the Board of Directors for IIDA Southern California Chapter, I often wondered who the people were making decisions and planning the annual events our industry looks forward to – like Calibre, Leader’s Breakfast, and the beloved Fashion Shows – year after year. In fact, now that I’ve spent 6 months working on the Board, I have a new respect for my colleagues who generously donate their time to the betterment of this organization. I want to share with you what our very dedicated Board, led by President Chris Coldoff, has been working on by sharing updates from our last meeting.
On January 27 and 28th, the IIDA Southern California held their annual 2-day Board meeting retreat in Los Angeles California. All VP’s were present which made for a very active and productive session. The first day, hosted at Gensler LA’s new Downtown office, was focused on crafting the vision of the Chapter for the upcoming year – we identified the needs of Students, Industry Partners, Emerging and Established Professionals so that we could keep all members needs in mind as we move thoughout the year. On Saturday, the day was hosted by Interface FLOR where the visions from the day before began to take shape. The day was filled with reports from the VP’s and City Center Directors to talk about upcoming events and 2012 strategies. It was obvious that the Chapter Leaders have all been very busy – it was a long but inspiring day!
One of the highlights of the retreat included a report from VPs Annette Wiley and April Ibarra regarding speaker Liesbet Trappenberg. The Speaker Series will be held on February 15 and 16 in LA and Orange County, and in San Diego in April – don’t miss it! Susan Coddington and Jeff Hollander arranged for a speaker from IIDC to talk to us about upcoming legislation. Make sure you read about License2Design (http://license2design.org/) to learn more about this and register your support. Michelle Ives and Kathy Beckwith, VPs of Communication, presented a refreshed Chapter newsletter and the new blog called ‘Bright IIDeAs’ which you are reading now! The newsletter will be launched late February, so look out for it in your email inbox. David Fridlund and Edel Legaspi reported on the upcoming Student Competition planned for March 10th. We were updated with news about the Fashion Shows in Orange County and San Diego, and updates on the large Chapter event planning for Calibre on May 11th and Leader’s Breakfast in September. It’s going to be a great year in Sunny Southern California! Keep checking back with us for the latest news and events.
Kathy Beckwith, Industry IIDA, LEED AP
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