ASID announces virtual design conference
WASHINGTON - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced its first-ever virtual conference will be held September 15-17 and will connect and educate designers through educational programming, resources, networking and a virtual exhibit hall.
The association said the conference, which is free and open to the design public, will promote wellness and wellbeing, and demonstrate the impact of design. The conference will be hosted on the ASID Academy and will also be accessible via mobile app. A preview of the Exhibit Hall will be available starting September 8.
The ASID Virtual Conference, which is aimed at design professionals, students, educators, and manufacturers, will offer a diverse range of digital programs, including signature events like the ASID State of the Society. 
“Being able to share the mission of ‘design impacts lives’ with designers from around the country truly demonstrates the far-reaching power of design," states ASID Interim CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID. “We are thrilled to bring the entire community together through a packed line-up of enlightening events and interactive engagements, all thoughtfully curated to spark inspiration and push our industry forward." 
As part of the ASID Virtual Conference, exclusive training and events for ASID chapter leadership will also be offered simultaneously through a supplemental board agenda. The Virtual Chapter Leadership Conference will provide education and professional development for the next slate of ASID chapter leaders. 
Ranging from morning mindfulness sessions to informative CEUs and exhibitor pop-ups, the virtual conference will touch on topics including design’s role in a post-COVID world, occupant wellbeing, industry resilience, diversity and equity in design, and more.
ASID will also reimagine the traditional opening program and kick off the event with a crowd-sourced keynote titled: “What’s Next? Design’s Impact on People, Places and Planet.” Speakers will include: Nancy L. O’Brien, Co-founder, Experience Happiness; Gary E. Wheeler, FASID | Interim CEO, ASID; Kerrie Kelly, FASID, NKBA, CAPS | Chair-Elect, ASID Board of Directors and Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab; and Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA | Chair, ASID Board of Directors and Global Design Director, Ford Motor Company.
Sponsors include:
Gold: Cosentino, Mohawk Group, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Control4, Dell. Silver: Wilsonart, Hooker Furniture, Thermador, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Nanimarquina, Hennepin Made, Cambria, cb2. Bronze: The Shade Store, Global Lighting, Arteriors, Mindclick, 2020 Spaces, Carl Hansen & Son, Nook Pod, Haworth, International Living Future Institute, Next Wave Plastics. Media sponsors: i+D and Modern Luxury. 
For more information on the ASID Virtual Conference or to register, please visit learn or



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