Leaders Breakfast 2018 Recap

What a great morning our design community shared at the 2018 Leaders Breakfast, returning to the Intercontinental Wilshire Grand in Downtown Los Angeles. With a room full of 400 attendees, the early Thursday morning was praised as “one of the best Leaders Breakfasts yet”. The community rose early to enjoy company, mimosas and great inspiration. To see the entirety of the event photos, please visit here.


Keynote Speaker Ruth Carter, Moderator Cheryl Durst and Honoree Jayna Zweiman

Honoree Jayna Zweiman shared her personal stories behind passion projects Pussyhat Project and the Welcome Blanket. She proudly wore one of her handcrafter pink hats, representing a global women’s movement which appeared nearly overnight, with millions of women, men and children gathering across 600 rallies internationally to sport their hand-made knitted garments.

Jayna Zweiman, Leaders Breakfast 2018 Honoree

Jayna Zweiman, Leaders Breakfast 2018 Honoree

The keynote presentation was truly fascinating, as Ruth Carter, costume designer for the Black Panther, shared her behind the scenes sketches and stories for designing over 1,000 costumes. Ruth has practiced the craft of costume design for over three decades across over 40 films including Academy Award nominations on Malcom X (1992) and Amistad (1997). Cheryl Durst, CEO of IIDA, joined Ruth on stage to moderate a question and answer panel halfway through the presentation to facilitate questions which spoke to designers across Southern California.

Keynote Speaker, Ruth Carter

Keynote Speaker, Ruth Carter

Thank you to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the program this year! We are appreciative of the 8 event sponsors (which has also set a Leaders Breakfast record)

  • California Lighting Sales
  • EuroWest Decorative Surfaces
  • Geiger
  • Maharam
  • Patcraft
  • SitOnIt
  • Taslimi
  • United Interiors


And a huge thank you to our committee this year, in which this event would not be possible.

  • Dave Fridlund, Wirt Design Group
  • Debra Haas, Interior Office Solutions
  • Stephanie Heiple, Ware Malcomb
  • Alicia Perez, Withee Malcolm
  • Susan Suhar, HDR
  • Sylvia Yoo, Herman Miller
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