BOLD: Building Our Leaders in Design


The IIDA Indiana chapter is excited to present our new professional development program, Building Our Leaders in Design (BOLD) designed by principals and firm leaders from across Indiana. Designers with at least two (2) years of experience and a maximum of five (5) years of experience in the design industry who want to pursue future leadership roles within in the design community are encouraged to apply for this ten (10)-month program.

The program is no cost for designers, including non-IIDA members, so designers from firms, dealerships, and facility departments are encouraged to participate. In exchange for this curated and invaluable training, employers agree to pay for the participating designer’s IIDA membership for the following year. This allows designers who have graduated from BOLD to act as mentors to the incoming class of BOLD designers and serve on IIDA IN committees where their leadership skills will be further developed. Interested designers can apply through the application link below. Space is limited to twenty (20) participants for this unique opportunity. 

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Program Dates

Please note all sessions will be held in Indianapolis, IN. Designers from the entire state of Indiana are welcome to participate. 




BOLD Beginnings

Assessment to find out who you are as a leader and how that impacts with whom you interact.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

BOLD Ambassador

Communication, Delegation, Conflict Resolution, Critiques

Saturday, March 5, 2022

BOLD Plans

Writing Proposals / contracts / time management / strategy

Saturday, April 23, 2022

BOLD Speaker

Presentation Skills /Improv Exercises

Saturday, May 14, 2022

BOLD Alliances

Design Partners

Saturday, June 25, 2022

BOLD Leader

Managing Projects and People

Saturday, July 23, 2022

BOLD Solutions

Refining Design and Problem Solving

Saturday, August 13, 2022

BOLD Presence

Marketing / Networking / Social Media / Branding

Saturday, September 10, 2022

BOLD Future

Growth Potential, Leadership Path, Career Exploration, Business, Certifications, Business Structures

Saturday, October 1, 2022

BOLD Designer

GRADUATION from the BOLD Program

Saturday, November TBD, 2022


The IIDA Indiana Building Our Leaders in Design (BOLD) program is for interior designers with two (2) – five (5) years of experience working as an interior designer at, but not limited to, a firm, furniture dealer, or as part of a facilities team. 

This program’s success is directly related to the attendance by the participants and therefore attendance is mandatory. Each member will be allowed one excused absence. If two or more sessions are missed, the applicant may be released from the program. Supervisor approval and full support is required for applicants in this program.  A committee member will confirm such with your supervisor as part of the selection process.
Key Dates: 

Submit your BOLD Application HERE

BOLD Planning Committee

Erin Sanford
Principal of Interior Design at Mitsch Design

Jason Southwell
Interior Designer at Hafer

Melissa Hall
Founder at Bona Vita Architecture

Jill Rose
President at Rowland Design

Caryl Sudgen
Sales Rep at Designtex

Michele Maregaglia
Senior Associate at CSO

Katie Wraley
VP of Professional Development of IIDA IN, Business Development Manager at PC&A Business Environments

Kim Dutkosky
Past President of IIDA IN and Bold Facilitator, Guest Lecturer at Indiana University

Tanya Hedegard
Strategic Sales at Knoll

Adrienne Searcy
President of IIDA IN, Interior Designer at Arris, A Design Studio, Inc.

Lindsey Schenkel
Interior Designer at Narrative

For more information, please contact:

Kim Dutkosky
Past President & BOLD Facilitator