I am honored and enthusiastic to begin my term as President of IIDA Mid America Chapter. We were thrilled to be awarded 2016 Small Chapter of the Year at the IIDA Annual Meeting, and our Chapter continues to improve our member offerings as well as set a precedent for others to follow in the years to come.
Having not been an IIDA member for nearly as long as many of my predecessors, I would first and foremost like to thank the great chain of leadership who has done so much for this chapter, not to mention sticking around far longer than required to be great examples for me and others. Great leadership both in the design industry and in our community is what this organization is all about.
At my first Chapter Leadership Council (CLC) at Headquarters in February of 2016 I learned leading a chapter is much like steering a large cruise ship, the over arching goal is to make small adjustments (for the better), while maintaining the overall course – enjoy the ride, and obviously have fun along the way. I promise only great things to come!
This year we will be shaking things up a bit, offering some new events to our members in KC and Wichita and saying farewell to some as well. 2016 will be the end of an era of sorts, we will be saying goodbye to the IIDA 5K and replacing it with a new event in the winter months that will showcase our design community and their talents. This will also be the last Color + Couture event our chapter will be hosting. C+C has been our biggest and most well attended event year after year, but after much thoughtful consideration we have decided to evolve it into something new for 2017. This year, the event will be held in a new location in anticipation for a packed house, we are hopeful everyone will join us to make this year the biggest and best of them all!
In addition to continuing to offer quality events for our members, we are also working tirelessly to increase the value of IIDA membership as a whole. Our Leading the Way Mentorship Program, NCIDQ Study Sessions, and CEU offerings are great examples of how we as a Chapter strive to better our members and our profession.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, industry partners, volunteers, and most importantly, our members. Without all of you, none of this award winning greatness would be possible. For me, IIDA is not only a great network of design professionals, but also a truly enriching organization to be a part of both personally and professionally. Please feel free to reach out to any one of us on the board for more on how get involved and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!
Megan Blacklidge, IIDA Mid America Chapter President
The Kansas City City Center is a group of enthusiastic and generous members who make IIDA a success by planning, attending and participating in monthly and annual programs. From educational opportunities and networking events to festive gatherings and opportunities to showcase their talent, it is the objective of the KC City Center to provide value to the members we serve throughout the course of every year.
Kansas City strives to support the Interior Design profession by providing events catered to every point in the lifecycle of a design career, from students to experienced professionals. Serving as both an educational tool for designers and a contribution to professional members’ status, KC offers CEU lectures throughout the year. We also provide study sessions twice a year reviewing all sections of the exam to support designers seeking certification via the NCIDQ. And if you’re a student looking forward to a future in Interior Design, Kansas City hosts ‘Portfolios + Professionals’, an event giving students a forum to discuss the dynamics of the design world with experienced professionals from various facets of design as well as time to receive feedback on their portfolios before heading out for the interview process.
Kansas City also offers a plethora of networking and design opportunities by featuring project tours throughout the year, a membership drive in the form of trivia night, an inter-design happy hour, a spring 5k run, and a summertime tailgate. Our largest event, Color + Couture, brings together designers and manufacturers to showcase their talents and products by creating something beautiful, creative, artistic, awe-inspiring… and then model for all to see! Color + Couture is a fabulous fall fashion show that allows teams to try their hand at designing and creating wearable masterpieces, which are showcased on models who strut the creations down a runway. In 2013 we had 25 teams and nearly 800 attendees!
The Kansas City City Center’s goal, quite simply, is to support the vision for the future of IIDA and create a significant presence in the Design community by supporting our members and their needs. We can’t hardly wait to see where that takes us over the course of the next few years… and would love to have you join us!
In 2012, IIDA Mid America’s St. Louis City Center spun off into a new Chapter of their own separate from the Mid America Chapter. You can find more information on their website or contact Chapter President Larry Richie, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wichita City Center consists of a close-knit community of designers and representatives in and around the Wichita area, focusing on volunteering, developing programs, expanding networking opportunities and upholding the high standard for IIDA membership. Offering a wide variety of programs, from our annual Superhero 5k to tours of exciting local projects, there are multiple opportunities to enrich the design culture with the Wichita community.
Our focus is on growing membership involvement in Wichita, utilizing one another’s talents and resources, developing valuable program opportunities and contributing to worthy causes in the Wichita community. Our programs cover topics such as sound masking, lighting design, sustainability, color trends, workplace design and ergonomics. The Wichita City Center enjoys featuring local design work by organizing tours of new and innovative spaces that elevate the standards of the design profession.
While providing a strong program offering is vital to educating the design industry, we incorporate multiple networking opportunities and social events throughout the year. Embrace your inner socialite at our annual Membership Drive happy hours, Garden Parties, Casino Night, our exclusive Member’s Only event, and our Tacky Sweater Design Crawl! We strive to enhance your IIDA experience with entertaining and engaging opportunities! Giving back to the community is a task we highly value, accomplishing this through our annual Superhero 5K. Last year we were able to give a sizeable donation to a local charitable organization!
The Wichita City Center has made a great impact in the design industry to this day. We hope to continue to grow, build our presence in the Wichita community, provide our members with resources and knowledge, and advance the vision and mission of the International Interior Design Association.