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The American Society of Interior Designers Introduces Ones to Watch Program

April 9, 2017

Initiative will award and accelerate diversity in design leadership.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has launched the Ones to Watch program, an initiative that seeks to ensure that diversity is reflected at all levels of the design industry.

“Through the Ones to Watch program, we hope to recognize and celebrate designers with an amazing potential to lead, and support them as they develop successful management careers,” said Randy Fiser, ASID CEO.

Supported by Steelcase, the ASID Ones to Watch program will recognize rising leaders in the interior design profession who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the industry. ASID will honor up to 20 applicants within four categories: design excellence, education leadership, manufacturing leadership, and volunteer leadership. Emphasis will be placed on applicants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles in the design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.

“Steelcase is honored to participate in the Ones to Watch program with ASID,” said Rich Isphording, LEED AP, MCR.w, vice president of strategic alliances and applied research + consulting, Steelcase. “The program aligns with our corporate philosophy as represented by Steelcase’s perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index for the third year, and the organization being named a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign.”

Designers from every professional career stage are encouraged to apply. Awardees will gain national recognition while establishing valuable professional connections and accessing a variety of leadership opportunities.

Additionally, ASID will select up to eight scholars to participate in a two-year leadership development training program that will educate them to lead with authenticity through experiential learning, coaching, and mentoring.

ASID will accept applications for the Ones to Watch program through April 26, 2017, and will announce the award winners and scholars at The Leadership Experience in San Diego, July 13- 15, 2017. To be eligible, applicants must be actively employed in and have five to fifteen years of experience in the interior design industry, and be on the path to a senior or executive-level position. Applicants must be part of an under-represented group in industry management roles including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.

To review eligibility and application requirements and to apply, please visit asid.org/resources/awards/ones-to-watch.

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