IIDA Leaders Breakfast 2018

Date: September 7, 2018
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am

Location: Four Seasons Hotel

757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Phone: +1 415-633-3000

It is our great pleasure to announce August de los Reyes as our featured speaker at the Northern California Chapter’s 2018 IIDA Leaders Breakfast:

Friday, September 7, 7:30am – 10:00am
Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco


August de los Reyes is a designer, writer and educator who helped pioneer Inclusive Design in the technology sector. Recently appointed, August is the Director of User Experience, Search and Assistant at Google. He was formerly the Head of Design at Pinterest where he helped inspire millions of people around the world to discover and do the things they love. Prior to Pinterest, he worked at Microsoft where he led design for Xbox and helped break ground in natural user interface. He received an MDesS with Distinction from Harvard University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.




In addition to this inspiring speaker, our Chapter will bestow awards on two very deserving recipients.

Our first award, the annual Leadership Award of Excellence, will go to Bill Van Erp, Resource Director, Gensler.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Bill Van Erp kick-started his career as a librarian for Environmental Planning & Research, Inc. in 1979. Three years later, Bill made the move to Gensler where he put his master’s degree in library science to use.

After 35 years of dedication to his true passion, Bill just retired this June from Gensler, and his role as senior associate and the northwest regional resource director. Bill’s responsibilities during his tenure included daily coordination with a dozen full-time resource directors across the firm to bring each client’s vision to life. In his work at Gensler, Bill has found the relationship between the specifiers and the manufacturers to be paramount. In addition to the incalculable amount of informal product meetings, he boasts over 3,700 formal presentations in his career.

He is honored to be recognized by the IIDA Northern California for his efforts.

Our second award, the IIDA NC Distinguished Achievement Award will go to Barbara Carlyle, recently retired, owner of Pivot Interiors.

Barbara Carlyle’s career as a business owner spans more than 30 years.  She is a born risk taker with an entrepreneurial passion. Her first company CRI San Jose was started in her kitchen in 1987. It went on to become one of Silicon Valley’s leading office furniture dealers. In 1999 the company reinvented itself through a merge with a local competitor, Space Designs. The new company was named Pivot Interiors. Over the past 18 years Barbara and her partners have expanded Pivot from 1 location to 6 locations in California: Santa Clara, San Francisco, Fremont, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and La Mirada.

Before retiring in December 2016, Barbara led the Sales and Marketing teams in Northern California. Her signature high energy, enthusiasm and dedication to customer satisfaction have resulted in long-term friendships with many clients. She remains on the Board of Directors at Pivot and is still the Executive Sponsor for many clients.

Barbara was born in New York. She got her BA from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and her MA from Santa Clara University. She is an avid golfer, enjoys yoga and loves being active with her grandchildren.

Please join us in celebrating our design leaders of today and IIDA’s commitment to the future of design at this informative and inspiring event!

For Sponsorship Opportunities and Pricing, please click here.


Host a Student Member Volunteer this Leaders Breakfast by making them a guest at your table. This opportunity will be limited to the 20 Leaders Breakfast Student volunteers. If you choose to seat a student as your guest, just write “student” on your guest list form when you receive it. We will recognize your generosity at the event.

For Reservations

We are accepting credit card and check payments prior to the event. Please visit www.iida.org (Leaders Breakfast Series) to place your order by credit card.

If you have any questions regarding reservations, would like to pay by check or require an invoice, please contact:

Anastasia Gedman, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Telephone: 312.379.5129   Email: agedman@iida.org
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 222. Chicago, IL 60601

For additional event information, please contact:

Terry de la Cuesta, Table Sales Chair

Telephone: 669.800.2601   Email: tdelacuesta@oneworkplace.com

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for RESERVATIONS and PAYMENTS is August 27, 2018.

Proceeds from all levels of sponsorship will go directly to support our not-for-profit organization at the International and Local Chapter levels.  Your contribution dollars are very important to the continued growth of our organization and are greatly appreciated.

Reservations online at www.iida.org

We hope you will be among the first to reserve your table/s or purchase individual tickets. We are getting a lot of interest already for this event so it is bound to sell out early!

We acknowledge with deep gratitude the support of the 2018 IIDA Leaders Breakfast Series International Benefactors and for the generous support of our 2018 Northern California Chapter Patrons.


Doug Wittnebel, IIDA
2018 | 2019 Chapter President
IIDA Northern California

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