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 early-career designers, the LLP offers a "next step" as those designers 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. Directly respond to one of the top requests coming out of our most recent annual Principals Roundtable -- provide programs of value for mid-career and senior-level interior designers.
  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 firm (and chapter) leadership.

The program itself is comprised of an 11-month curriculum. Meetings/sessions are held virtually on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., February - December. Firm principals are expected to ensure that their LEADers workloads and deadlines are managed so that they can attend the sessions (shared responsibility for communication between principals and LEADers).

Learn more about our LEAD groups below!