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NeoCon 2024: Conversations that Inspire with IIDA’s Cheryl Durst, Hightower’s Natalie Hartkopf and Many More

June 17, 2024
At this year's NeoCon, Chief Content Director Robert Nieminen engaged in a series of talks about sustainability and the future of design.

Well, folks, that's a wrap! We just returned from NeoCon and Design Days in Chicago, and the energy at THE MART and Fulton Market was palpable. In this extended episode of I Hear Design, i+s Chief Content Director Robert Nieminen sits down with NeoCon movers and shakers, including IIDA's CEO Cheryl Durst, Hightower's co-founder and CEO, Natalie Hartkopf, Mantra Inspired Furniture's CEO Susan Pilato, and many more designers and manufacturers from the show to talk about the future of the industry and how design professionals can make a significant impact in sustainability through the decisions they make every day. Listen in as we capture the passion and enthusiasm that was felt at the industry's biggest event in North America.

Meet Our Guests (in order of appearance):

  1. Cheryl Durst, CEO, IIDA
  2. Natalie Hartkopf, CEO, Hightower
  3. Vickie Rybl, Director of LCA, WAP Sustainability
  4. John Black, Project Business Specialist, Luna Wood
  5. Raya Elias-Pushett, Graduate Student and Research Associate, The Chicago School
  6. Susan Pilato, CEU, Mantra Inspired Furniture
  7. Cara Rude, Principal, MCG Explore Design
About the Author

Robert Nieminen | Chief Content Director

Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of Architectural Products, BUILDINGS and i+s, sister publications of Smart Buildings Technology. He is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on the architecture and design industry.

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