The gathering at the IIDA Leaders Breakfast in NYC

I joined a large number of  designers on a beautiful New York morning who gathered for the IIDA Leaders Breakfast today. Made possible by national benefactor Herman Miller and a number of other industry sponsors, the event honors key leaders and innovators, and the audience was inspired by keynote speaker Mick Ebeling, the founder of the nonprofit Not Impossible Foundation.

Bill Bouchey, director of design at MMoser Associates, IIDA Leaders Breakfast co-chair

IIDA Leaders Breakfast co-chairs Bill Bouchey of MMoser Associates and Hilda Longinotti of Herman Miller introduced the event and welcomed designers. Lance Amato, the IIDANY chapter president, gave an update on the chapters programs and initiatives.

Lance Amato, an associate at Conant Architects and the IIDNY chapter president

Maria Cuomo Cole, chair of the board of HELP USA, was one of the honorees.

The two honorees were Jamie Drake, president and founder of Drake Design Associates and director of the Alpha Workshops, and Maria Cuomo Cole, chair of the board of HELP USA. Cuomo Cole (daughter of Mario, sister of Andrew and Chris, wife of Kenneth Cole) has worked for more than two decades as a leading advocate for the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and at-risk youth. She showed a number of recent examples of housing for the homeless that Help USA has made possible.

Mick Ebeling, the founder of Not Impossible Foundation, was the featured speaker

Featured speaker Mick Ebeling truly connected with the audience with his presentation about founding the Not Impossible Foundation. Ebeling helped to develop technology that enabled paralyzed graffiti artist Tempt to once again not only communicate but to paint and create art……using only his eyes. You really do need to learn more by visiting his organization’s website notimpossiblefoundation.org.

With Ebeling’s inspiring presentation, l stepping out into the sunshine feeling that attending the IIDA Leaders Breakfast on my birthday morning was more than worthwhile.

The next IIDA Leaders Breakfasts will be held:
September 11 in San Francisco
September 21 in Los Angeles
October 3 in Dallas
October 18 in Chicago
November 2 in Atlanta
November 30 in Toronto

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