Developed in 2019, the Leadership Exploration & Development (LEAD) program squarely focuses on our chapter's mission to increase the value of our members by supporting continued advancement and development throughout their careers. While our incredibly successful Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) program supports those that are in the earlier stages of their career, the LLP offers a "next step" as those professionals move into subsequent stages of their careers, including senior leadership positions at their companies. Ideal LEAD-ers have at least 10 years and a maximum of 15 years of experience in the design industry and have significant experience leading project teams that they can reflect upon during the program.

We've designed LEAD to do two things:

  1. Provide programs of value for mid-career and senior-level interior professionals.
  2. Leverage the demonstrated success of our signature leadership development program, The ELN, as a model for an expanded leadership development program to positively impacts more members as they advance to positions of project and company (and chapter) leadership.

Many graduates of the program have gone on to chair IIDA NE committees, hold seats on our Board of Directors, and – most importantly – to achieve leadership positions on their project teams and within their respective companies. The impact of this year-long program on company business and leadership development is well-recognized by principals throughout our design community.

Learn more about our LEAD groups below!