Keynote Series

People and ideas that are shaping the future of home furnishings

On Saturday, LuAnn Nigara of the A Well Designed Business® podcast delivers practical tips for reaping profits from your creative talents – with book signing to follow. Come prepared to play during a part presentation, part game show event with Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Michel Smith Boyd. On Sunday, Queer Eye star Bobby Berk stops by to share lessons he’s learned en route to becoming a global design leader.

LuAnn Nigara

Lessons from A Well-Designed Business®

Saturday, April 6
noon - 1pm
High Point Theatre, in the Transportation Terminal

As host of the podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, LuAnn Nigara helps interior design professionals operate a profitable and productive business by providing useful and understandable insights through conversations with industry leaders. Join LuAnn as she shares lessons learned from A Well-Designed Business®, including an overview of critical topics for running an interior design business, and straight talk and actionable lessons to take back to your practice. Immediately following the presentation, LuAnn will be available to sign copies of her newly released book, The Things I Learned From A Well-Designed Business®.

Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 0.1 IDCEC-approved CEU.

Clinton Smith

Thom Filicia

Carson Kressley

Michel Smith Boyd

Tales, Trivia, and Trends with Thom, Carson, and Michel

Saturday, April 6
2:30pm – 3:30pm
High Point Theatre, in the Transportation Terminal

Combine bigger-than-life personalities, three unique paths to design stardom and a mash-up of trend-tracking trivia and you have a keynote session like none other. Join journalist and tastemaker Clinton Smith as he zeroes in on the design prowess of Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Michel Smith Boyd, channeling their industry expertise and putting their trend forecasting abilities to the ultimate test. Come prepared to play: part presentation, part game show, this interactive experience encourages audience participation for a chance to win big!

Bobby Berk

Sophie Donelson

Becoming Bobby Berk

Sunday, April 7
3pm - 4pm
High Point Theatre, in the Transportation Terminal

Driven by a lifelong passion for design, Bobby Berk’s career pursuits cover almost every facet of the home furnishings and design industry. Known more recently for his work on "Queer Eye" as the lovable go-to design expert, Bobby's career began in retail & e-commerce before opening up his own brick & mortar store & then establishing his own design firm. Bobby’s varied experiences, keen eye & innovative approach have allowed him to build a unique brand identity & establish himself as a leader in design amidst a global market. Join Bobby in a casual conversation with moderator Sophie Donelson about his successes, his lessons learned, & his advice as he reveals the inside story behind the Bobby Berk brand.