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IFDA Educational Foundation To PresentDesignEDGE Summit

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The International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation (IFDA-EF) recently announced that it is presenting its first DesignEDGE, a dynamic, day-long summit featuring eminent industry leaders to discuss the future of design while offering inspiration and insight into succeeding during transformative times.

DesignEDGE Summit will take place at the Millennium Broadway Hotel on Saturday, May 20, 2017; registration link. Recognizing the power of the Summit’s focus as well as the importance of the IFDA-EF, Las Vegas Market has signed on as Panel Sponsor.

"Las Vegas Market is thrilled to sponsor the inaugural DesignEDGE industry summit," says Karen Olson, Senior Vice President of Marketing, International Market Centers. "It allows us to further align the Market with IFDA and support its Educational Foundation, which is a tremendous resource and contributor to the industry."

Award-winning global design force, Karim Rashid will kick off DesignEDGE with his morning keynote presentation, "The Future of Design.” The afternoon panel will offer a revealing conversation between industry visionaries entitled, “Leading by Innovating.” Moderator Karen Marx, Home Furnishings Director for the HEARST DESIGN GROUP, will lead an in-depth dialogue with Caleb Anderson, partner and principal at DRAKE / ANDERSON; Jamie Derringer, founder and Executive Editor of DESIGN MILK; Kevin Greenberg, founding principal of SPACE EXPLORATION DESIGN; Susan Jamieson, founder and principal of BRIDGET BEARI DESIGNS and Chad Stark, Senior Vice President of STARK and President of SCALAMANDRE. The summit culminates in an open Q&A forum where attendees will have the opportunity to communicate directly with the panelists about their individual concerns and company needs.

“We created DesignEDGE in response to members and industry partners’ queries on how to navigate the shifting landscape of our industry and world,” says Dr. Wilma Hammett of the IFDA-EF. “We have assembled the best and the brightest to share their distinctive strategies and have planned the Summit to be an intimate gathering where panelists and attendees could directly engage.”

The summit will cover crucial topics about the design industry today and how to be “fearless and successful in a fast-paced, quick-changing world. Learn their strategies on how to build and broaden your brand, create new ways to establish leadership and trust with consumers and colleagues, harness the latest tools of social media and technology, create and expand global business and much more.New York, NY

For DesignEDGE Details & Registration, visit https://designedge.eventbrite.com.


More about DesignEDGE: DesignEDGE is specifically scheduled the day before the opening of ICFF, North America's premier showcase for contemporary design of up-to-the-moment offerings. Stay over on Saturday night and head to ICFF on Sunday morning. We will provide helpful tips on experiencing and navigating ICFF. Register for ICFF here: www.icff.com.

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