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Keynote Speaker Announced: Majora Carter, Real Estate Developer

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We’re excited to announce that Majora Carter, Real Estate Developer will be our Keynote Speaker at this year’s Leaders Breakfast.

Majora Carter is an American urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York. Carter’s career has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development, and she has won major awards in each sector including a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” a Peabody Award, the Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal, nine honorary Ph.D.’s, and accolades from various professional groups. Her consulting clients benefit from her ability to disrupt outdated assumptions in order to uncover better solutions to vexing problems in any industry she touches. Carter is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture: “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.” She applies this talent-retention lens to all of her work.

Purchase tickets at iida.org.

Leaders Breakfast is an annual international event series that celebrates design’s importance in the global market place by honoring the people who are both the legacy and future of design. Each chosen host city organizes a breakfast that features a renowned keynote speaker to provoke and encourage new ideas, and recognizes one city-selected honoree who has made significant contributions to the design industry.

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Leaders Breakfast
Thursday, September 12th, 7 – 10am
JW Marriot LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd, LA 90015

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.


Leaders Breakfast Honoree: Humble Design

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IIDA SoCal is excited to honor Humble Design at our upcoming Leaders Breakfast.

Humble Design is a non-profit organization serving families and individuals emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty houses into beautiful and uplifting homes with donated furniture. With the organization’s help, only 1% of families return to homelessness within 12 months.

Humble was co-founded by San Diego native Treger Strasberg while she was living in Detroit in 2009. After witnessing the impact of Humble Design, Treger and her husband Rob Strasberg became its CEOs and decided it would be their legacy. Humble Design operates in Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego and has furnished over 1,250 homes nationwide. In 2019, Humble filmed the documented series “Welcome Home,” which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Treger and Rob currently reside in San Diego with their children and are driven by their mission of helping recently homeless families across the country.

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Leaders Breakfast
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
JW Marriot LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd, LA 90015

For more information, visit the event page here. Purchase tickets here!


2018 Leaders Breakfast Keynote Speaker, Ruth Carter, wins Oscar

Congratulations are in order to Ruth Carter, the first African-American woman to ever win an Oscar for costume design. She was awarded this honor on Sunday, based upon her recent costume creations for Marvel’s mega blockbuster, Black Panther. Ruth recently served as IIDA Southern California Chapter’s keynote speaker at the Los Angeles Leaders Breakfast in September 2018. Over 400 design community attendees enjoyed Ruth’ s presentation, as she shared personal sketches and explained the methodologies for over 1,000 Black Panther hand crafted costumes.

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Ruth has provided her creative expertise to more than 40 films, earning Academy Award nominations in Best Costume Design for her work on Malcom X (1992) and Amistad (1997). However, this past Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards, marked Ruth’s very first Oscar win. During her speech, Ruth describes what the win symbolizes: “It means that we’ve opened up the door… Finally, the door is wide open. I’ve been struggling and digging deep and mentoring and doing whatever I could to raise others up, and I hope from my example there is hope and other people can come in and win an Oscar just like I did.”

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During a recent interview with FastCompany, Ruth discusses her ideation on conceptualizing the costumes, stating that she wanted the costumes to not portray typical superheroes; “We didn’t want them to be these sexy girls walking around with a guy in a bulletproof catsuit. We wanted them to be serious fighters”. Furthermore, Ruth goes on to describe where her iconic costume design originating, largely from the east African tribe known as the Maasai. The color red was important symbolism: ”This brilliant red is a consistent color in Africa. So I upped the ante on the tone… I wanted it to be almost like an intimidating red, just intense and saturated”.

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Photo Credit: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

IIDA Southern California is thrilled to congratulate Ruth Carter on her recent Oscar win and forever changing the history of costume design. We are thankful to have experienced Ruth speak at our recent Leaders Breakfast event, along with honoree Jayna Zweiman, co-creator and mastermind behind The Pussyhat Project, a global women’s movement which has reached over 600 rallies across multiple continents. To see more photos from the 2018 Leaders Breakfast event, click here.

Congratulations Ruth!


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.

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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.

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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

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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

Leaders Breakfast Returns to DTLA Wilshire Grand InterContinental

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IIDA Southern California Chapter Leaders Breakfast committee is ecstatic to bring this year’s program back to the magnificent Wilshire Grand InterContinental in Downtown Los Angeles. The design team behind this masterpiece, AC Martin, further describes the architectural concept: “The client didn’t want the top of the building to be exclusive, but rather desired a ‘neighborhood in the sky’ of sorts – this was to be the differentiator. It consists of the highest open air rooftop bar in the United States, several bars and restaurants including a sushi restaurant, all-day dining and marketplace, steakhouse and a series of public lounges, all of which are publicly accessible.” Meeting and ballroom spaces occupy floors five through seven, including the grand ballroom – the third largest ballroom in Los Angeles. Encompassing over two million square feet across seventy three floors, the Wilshire Grand is sure to stun at our Leaders Breakfast program next month.

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The average Angeleno may not be aware, but by code, high-rise classified buildings within city boundaries are required to have a helicopter pad. AC Martin describes this unique challenge: “We worked with the building and fire departments to change the code by implementing more modern and efficient methods of both fire rescue and fire suppression. We added a very large holding tank of water stored onsite in the parking garage and a dedicated fire department elevator with three foot thick concrete walls surrounding the elevator shaft. We also added a third exit stair from the upper floors of the tower – more than what is required by code. We were able to achieve a more complex, three dimensional rooftop design and overall help other high-rise projects in the future achieve a unique building shape.” This building has aesthetically changed the iconic skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, and IIDA Southern California is very enthusiastic to return to its grandeur on Thursday, September 13th.

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Wilshire Grand Center Quick Details:

  • Client: Hanjin International Corporation/Korean Airlines
  • Architect: AC Martin
  • Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston, Inc./Thorton Tomasetti
  • General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
  • Hotel Ownership: InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Construction Commenced: 2012
  • Construction Completed: 2017
  • Total Tower Height: 1,100 ft.
  • Floor Count: 73
    Floor Area: 2.1 Million SF

This year’s Leaders Breakfast program is sure to deliver inspiration with the lineup of powerful speakers: keynote speaker Ruth Carter (Black Panther Costume Designer), honoree Jayna Zweiman (Co-creator of the Pussyhat Project and The Welcome Blanket movement) and last but not least, moderator extraordinaire, Cheryl Durst (CEO of IIDA Headquarters). IIDA SoCal extends the invitation to attend our Leaders Breakfast 2018 event to our entire community. Also returning to this year’s event, is a mimosa bar upon check in, cheers!

Thursday, September 13th, 7 – 10am
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.

Valet Parking:
Enter from 7th St (between Francisco St. and Figueroa) and drive forward. Enter the hotel via the ‘EVENTS’ entrance. Take the elevator/escalator to the 5th floor – Wilshire Grand Ballroom. When leaving, take the elevator/escalator down to the P1 level – this is the pick-up location for Valet Parking. Valet Parking fee is $22. Please note there is no self-parking in the building.

Metro/Subway:
Convenient walkable distance from the 7th St./Metro Center station


IIDA CEO Cheryl Durst to Moderate Leaders Breakfast

IIDA Southern California Chapter Leaders Breakfast committee is ecstatic to announce IIDA CEO and Executive Vice President, Cheryl Durst, will serve as the moderator during this year’s keynote program. She is an exceptional communicator, visionary leader and industry cheerleader, for over two decades encouraging expansion of the Interior Design industry. Since 1997, Cheryl joined IIDA as the Senior Director of Education and Professional Development, thereafter through her efforts repositioning the organization through direct leadership. Recently, Interior Design magazine inducted her into their Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Cheryl Durst will lead a moderation session with the keynote speaker, Oscar- nominated costume designer, Ruth Carter. Together, the powerhouse women will lead an inspirational breakfast which will be regarded for years to come. Ruth has been most recently recognized for her work on Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Black Panther. Having more than 40 films under her belt, she has earned Academy Award nominations in Best Costume Design for Malcom X (1992) and Amistad (1997).

Additionally, the breakfast program will honor Jayna Zweiman, co-creator and mastermind behind The Pussyhat Project, a global women’s movement which has reached over 600 rallies across multiple continents. In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Jayna describes that the Pussyhat Project has two parts: “1. Creating a sea of pink hats at the Women’s March to make a bold and powerful statement of solidarity, and 2. Giving people who will not be able to march — whether for medical, financial, scheduling reasons — visibility, and a way to support the marchers and women’s rights.” Lastly, Jayna will be speaking about her newest passion project, the Welcome Blanket, a crowd-sourced action which invites participants to knit, crochet and sew blankets for new immigrants seeking resettlement.

Our Leaders Breakfast committee hopes to instill thought provocation from the morning’s powerful speakers: Cheryl Durst (CEO of IIDA), Ruth Carter (Black Panther Costume Designer) and Jayna Zweiman (Co-creator of the Pussyhat Project). IIDA SoCal extends the invitation to attend our Leaders Breakfast 2018 event to our entire community. Last but not least, this year we will be featuring a mimosa bar upon event check in, cheers!

Thursday, September 13th, 7 – 10am
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.


Leaders Breakfast Honoree: Pussyhat Project Co-founder Jayna Zweiman

IIDA Southern California Chapter Leaders Breakfast committee is excited to present this year’s honoree, Pussyhat Project co-founder, Jayna Zweiman. This global women’s movement appeared nearly overnight, with millions of women, men and children gathering across 600 rallies internationally to sport their hand-made knitted caps.

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Photo Credit: Pussyhatproject.com

Created locally in our Los Angeles community, the iconic pink hats represent solidarity for women’s rights and were created by Jayna Zweiman, an artist and design architect, along with and Krista Suh, a screenwriter . In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Jayna describes that the Pussyhat Project has two parts: “1. Creating a sea of pink hats at the Women’s March to make a bold and powerful statement of solidarity, and 2. Giving people who will not be able to march — whether for medical, financial, scheduling reasons — visibility, and a way to support the marchers and women’s rights.” Our Leaders Breakfast committee hopes to instill inspiration from Jayna’s personal social justice journey.

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Photo Credit: Pussyhatproject.com

Jayna’s most recent project, known as the Welcome Blanket, goal is to connect people already living in the United States with new immigrants through the art of storytelling and handcrafted blankets. Along with a handmade blanket, new immigrants are greeted with a proposition manifesto from the group: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived”. The project aims to provide positive, hands on approach to communicate how immigration policies can affect all of our lives.

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IIDA Southern California is proud to present Social Justice as the theme of this year’s Leaders Breakfast. This year’s honoree, Jayna Zweiman, will be sharing her experiences and basis for how a background in architecture led to her passion programs, Pussyhat Project and The Welcome Blanket. Keynote speaking this year’s event will be Black Panther costume designer, Ruth Carter, who will share her journey transcending through the fashion design industry.  IIDA SoCal extends the invitation to attend our Leaders Breakfast 2018 event to our entire community.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 7-10am
InterContinetal Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Click here to purchase tickets and become an event sponsor today. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.


Black Panther Costume Designer as Leaders Breakfast Keynote Speaker

IIDA Southern California Chapter Leaders Breakfast committee is honored to present this year’s keynote speaker, Oscar- nominated costume designer, Ruth Carter. She has been most recently recognized for her work on Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Black Panther. Ruth has an impressive more than 40 films under her belt, earning Academy Award nominations in Best Costume Design for her work on Malcom X (1992) and Amistad (1997). Numerous times she has collaborated with Spike Lee.

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During a recent interview with FastCompany, Ruth discusses her ideation around the costumes, stating that she wanted the costumes to not portray typical superheroes; “We didn’t want them to be these sexy girls walking around with a guy in a bulletproof catsuit. We wanted them to be serious fighters”. Furthermore, Ruth goes on to describe where her iconic costume design originating, largely from the east African tribe known as the Maasai. The color red was important symbolism: ”This brilliant red is a consistent color in Africa. So I upped the ante on the tone… I wanted it to be almost like an intimidating red, just intense and saturated”.

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures
Photo Credit: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

IIDA Southern California is proud to present Social Justice as the theme of this year’s Leaders Breakfast. Ruth Carter will share her experience behind the masterpieces and share her personal journey transcending through the fashion design industry. Additionally, program will feature honoree Jayna Zweiman, co-creator and mastermind behind The Pussyhat Project, a global women’s movement which has reached over 600 rallies across multiple continents. Jayna will be speaking about her newest passion project, the Welcome Blanket, a crowd-sourced action which invites participants to knit, crochet and sew blankets for new immigrants seeking resettlement. IIDA SoCal extends the invitation to attend our Leaders Breakfast 2018 event to our entire community.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 7-10am
InterContinetal Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Click here to purchase tickets and become an event sponsor today. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.


IIDA LA Leaders Breakfast Cues to Culture

Interior Design magazine featured an article about our upcoming Leaders Breakfast event. Click here for the full post on their website.

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The annual IIDA LA Leaders Breakfast is upping its game with ties to culture. Make that the cinema and general zeitgeist given this year’s keynote speaker and honoree. The former is twice Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter (pictured).

Her most recent work in the blockbuster Black Panther plays a vital role establishing the film’s characters and its cinematic universe. Rerun SelmaThe Butler, and Malcolm X for more looks at her intricate craft.

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This year saw a unique phenomenon with the Pussyhat Project. Those pink knit caps, on women and men alike, crowded the streets of New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; and cities spanning the continents in more than 600 political rallies in a single day. Credit their creator, Jayna Zweiman. Who knew? The knitter was a trained architect. When an injury left her unable to work or exercise, she needed to find a hobby during rehab time. Enter her screenwriter friend Krista Suh and the Little Knittery a local LA yarn store where they learned to knit and crochet. Knitting circle talk turned to politics and women’s issues. The upcoming January Women’s March in the nation’s capital mandated warm headgear. Voila, a symbol and movement were born.

Learn more from these stellar women firsthand on September 13 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, aka the Wilshire Grand. Purchase your tickets here.

Edie Cohen
Interior Design


Highlights of Last Week’s Leaders Breakfast 2017

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Another successful Leaders Breakfast at the new venue, Wilshire Grand. Mimosas were flowing while Julie Bernstein talked about the creative process using tactile methods.

Take a look at the photos of the event here.

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Honoring an amazing non profit organization, Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA), Antonio Manning delivered a heart felt speech.

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Thank you to everyone that joined us this year.

Great committee. Julie’s interactive speech help keep the audience engaged. Mimosas were a very nice touch to an early morning. VIP Tour of the new Wilshire Grand was amazing.

And thank you to the event sponsors that supported us this year:

INTERNATIONAL BENEFACTORS

Herman Miller
Interior Design Magazine

2017 CHAPTER SPONSORS

PATRON
Bentley
Mohawk Group

DONOR
Herman Miller
Interface

FRIEND
Allsteel
Arcadia
Crossville
EEI
Emser Tile
Garrett Leather
Haworth
Knoll
MetWest
Milliken
OFS Brands
Pinnacle
Pivot Construction Services
PlanNet
Steelcase
Tangram

DESIGN PARTNER
AECOM
Gensler
HOK
Wolcott

EVENT SPONSORS

California Lighting Systems
IOS Ideation Lab
SitOnIt Seating
Taslimi Construction
Unisource
USG