This year’s Distinguished Speaker event on April 26th is the result of a four month long collaboration between the Programs and IP committees from ASID Minnesota. This yearly gathering allows designers and industry partners to network with each other while gaining real world knowledge from speakers focusing on design and business topics.

“We strive to bring impactful information to our members and the design community.  We hope they will take away useful information that they can use in their business,” according to Jennifer Ruis, co-chair of the programs committee.

This year’s event will take place at the beautiful Hewing Hotel in the North Loop and features two distinguished speakers. The second presentation includes one CEU credit.

The first speaker, Peg Kennedy, is a consultant in personal and professional leadership development  and she will be speaking on the topic Women & Power. With Peg’s range of training specialties, which include Cultural Competence, Personal Power and Woman’s Leadership Development, attendees should gain an insightful look into building confidence.

The second speaker is Lisa Cini, an award winning and internationally recognized interior designer in the field of senior living facilities. Her book, “The Future is here: Senior Living Reimagined,” is due out this year and focuses on how technology can improve the care and quality of life provided to the elderly.

The topic of her CEU presentation is Aging in Place and will inform attendees on the best ways to create safe, private spaces that incorporate technology to benefit the young and the elderly alike. Lisa’s own social experiments with multigenerational living will provide valuable information on how to solve common issues and concerns in an aging in place environment.

Lastly, a happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 will feature tours of the Hewing Hotel, designed by ESG Architects, as well as tabletop presentations from some of the top vendors in our community.

An Afternoon at the Hewing

  • Thursday, April 26th
  • Registration starts at 1:30 pm
  • Peg Kennedy’s Presentation: 2 – 3 pm
  • Lisa Cini’s CEU Presetnation: 3:15 – 4:15 pm
  • Industry Partner Happy Hour and Tours of Hewing Hotel: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Many thanks to our sponsors for this event:

  • Crown Warehouse
  • KDR Showrooms
  • Rubble Tile
  • SPS Kitchen and Bath Showrooms
  • Purcell Quality
  • Rabbit Creek
  • Gabberts
  • Scherping Westphal
  • Prosource