Thank you for joining us for our 27th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast! This event is always a great opportunity to network with peers and colleagues in the industry and attracts guests from architecture and design, real estate, engineering and construction.


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Here's what some of our attendees had to say about this year's speaker!

  • "Brilliant stuff. I could not have spent my morning in any venue that would have added more value to my day."
  • "Given that I am not always a fan of these presentations – I give yours a 5 – which is probably equivalent to a 10 in the real world. Thank you for a program that will stay with me for a very, very long time."
  • "It was an amazing Keynote!...I’m just posting a 20-20-20 reminder at my desk!  I just started my own design company 4 months ago after years of working for someone else.  Being in my early 50’s and starting over is a challenge and I keep reminding myself that this is the right path – because it is!  I love the idea of Posting it forward. It is so easy to get all wrapped up in your on stuff, a reminder to focus outward is terrific!"
  • "You were concise and clear, with good takeaways. And it was an engaging and fun presentation."

#1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 50 countries and reached 25 million people this decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Erik Qualman has been called the Digital Dale Carnegie and the Tony Robbins of Tech.

His entertaining, educating, and empowering style is made possible by his revolutionary video-storytelling capability.  Qualman is the chairman of Equalman Studios which has produced film and animation projects for the likes of Disney, Cartier, IBM, and many other global brands. His business books are used in over 200 universities and have been translated into 8 languages. He has received an honorary doctorate for his groundbreaking work. Qualman was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs. NYU Stern signified Qualman is to digital leadership what Deming is to quality and Drucker is to management.


Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote Presentation: Innovation by Design: Becoming the Disruptor vs. the Disrupted

To ensure you are the disruptor versus the disrupted, you must understand societal shifts and instill a culture of creativity around them. This session looks at key future trends and their impact on your organization. Qualman provides the roadmap for your organization’s digital transformation. Leap over the pitfalls of incremental change and land on a foundation of progressive and practical innovation principles. Future forward!


Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
Grand Ballroom (lower level)
425 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210


We are proud to partner with ArtLifting for the second time this year as our 2019 charity beneficiary! ArtLifting empowers artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting is about creating opportunity, empowerment, and validation. ArtLifting offers their artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. By showcasing and selling artwork, their artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives.

Notebooks measure 5" x 8", have an elastic band closure, and are filled with graph paper. All proceeds from notebooks ales benefit ArtLifting and the cover artist Scott. Notebooks are $25/each. Notebook presales have closed but some will be available onsite for sale.


One Bill at a Time is a campaign to raise awareness and resources for Interior Design Advocacy in the New England Region. By adding two dollars to each event hosted by IIDA NE, we remind ourselves that advancing our profession is the core mission of our Organizations and, with small individual contributions throughout our community, we can make a large impact*.

*At the conclusion of each calendar year, all funds raised will be distributed to New England states with active advocacy initiatives in direct proportion to the percent of Chapter membership residing in each state. We dedicate this campaign to the individuals that achieved interior design legislation in New England states and paved the way for the future of our profession, One Bill at a Time.

Please note: audience photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image, voice and likeness to be used for marketing purposes.