Every member gets something different out of IIDA Mid-America. We thought we'd let a few members share their stories in their own words.
“I absolutely believe I would not be where I am professionally without IIDA. I learned invaluable skills while being involved in our local City Center and Board, from managing events, strategic planning for the Chapter and understanding how to run and lead a board that I’ve gone on to use in my career. I’m grateful that IIDA allows me to connect with designers and thought-leaders from around the country. We’re incredibly lucky to have such an engaged, thriving professional organization as a resource and network – you’ll get back ten-fold every ounce of energy you put into it!”
Alissa Wehmueller, IIDA
2019 IIDA Member of the Year
“I joined IIDA right out of college and was soon asked to join the local board, eventually becoming president of the Mid America chapter, Southwest chapter, a Fellow and the first elected international president. I invested in IIDA and was greatly rewarded with two enduring consequences. First, the opportunity to learn to lead – how to develop an idea, plan and organize a team of people to achieve a shared outcome. These experiences prepared me to confidently lead projects, present ideas and work effectively with clients and team members well beyond my years of professional practice experience. The second opportunity provided the platform to develop a personal, global network of designers, consultants, and resources that helped me deliver unique value to our clients. Many of those folks are still friends and cherished colleagues today. IIDA required a lot of my time and effort, but it had an important impact on the early days of my career, preparing me for future leadership positions in practice and scholarship that I could never have imagined as a new graduate. The return was much greater than my investment.”
Beth Harmon-Vaughan, FIIDA
“For me, IIDA is a critical fulcrum for the design community that advocates, contextualizes and amplifies why design matters. I am continually inspired by the IIDA community and the collective passion around: health, wellness, stewardship, mentorship, inclusivity, diversity, and creating positive change through design. I especially love the fact that IIDA is an active catalyst in helping bring beauty, joy and inspiration to the world around us.”
Peter Sloan, IIDA