I’ve had the good fortune of spending much of my career working for mission-driven organizations, developing systems and aligning resources necessary to achieve goals that make an impact. From my early days at Corporate Voices for Working Families to my recent stint at the Make It Right Foundation, my career has been a rewarding and meaningful journey so far. At each point I’ve been lucky to surround myself with amazing colleagues and mentors — servant leaders who put service over self and inspire others with their dedication to working toward the greater good.
As I reflect on the individuals and companies recognized in this issue of ASID ICON, I’ve never been so honored to be part of an organization that both equips its members for success and recognizes the powerful work they do each day to transform lives. Although greatly diverse, each of the 2014 ASID Design Award winners demonstrates the impact made possible through interior design. Their work empowers others. Teaches others. And they lead by example.
The passion, dedication and skill exemplified by these servant leaders — Amy Campos, ASID; Tama Duffy Day, FASID; Judith Heerwagen; and the design team at Haworth — motivate our ASID staff and volunteers each day as we invest in the future of the profession.
In everything we do, we strive to put the profession first and set an example of quality for the industry. Our research initiatives aim to quantify the impact of the work each of you is doing to advance the practice of interior design and to showcase its value. Our educational offerings around leadership, business skills and technology respond to a gap in the marketplace and aim to prepare design practitioners of every type. Our policy work seeks to protect your right to practice and expand business opportunities in states across the country. And our efforts to build strong relationships with firms, industry, academia, and allied organizations help to give interior design one voice.
All this action is a good thing and it’s getting us closer to where we want to be. For servant leaders, however, motivation is the key. To me, the motivation behind the work of our design award winners is even more moving than their specific career achievements and innovations. As designers, they embody a true desire to improve the human experience. None of those honored on these pages shows up to work each day for the recognition. They show up to provide solutions. To change lives. To give back.
As I called to congratulate each winner, they all demonstrated an overwhelming humility. They acknowledged that these, the highest awards of our industry, are certainly quite competitive and our community is full of so many deserving leaders — equally as passionate, dedicated and qualified.
The future of interior design is bright and the potential for powerful impact is immense. But there is much to be done to ensure our members are prepared to take advantage of that future. As a Society, we’ve spoken about the power of ASID 2.0 to advance our organizational goals. In the magazine, at our events and as we travel the country, our leadership team is excited about the role ASID will continue to play in demonstrating the impact of interior design. And we’re so glad you’re a part of it. From building a solid strategy to working to change our culture, we are on our way. Thank you for your input, passion and patience. Know that our efforts are truly designed with the best interest of the profession at heart.
Let’s continue this journey together as servant leaders.
Executive Vice President/CEO