IIDA New England Committee Openings

Want to make the most of your IIDA membership? Join one the many IIDA New England Committees today! Extend your professional network, enhance your leadership skills, and take advantage of numerous opportunities for professional development . . .all while having a great time in support of the interior design industry!

Below is a list of our Committees and current openings. Please reach out to the appropriate individual listed to inquire. We look forward to having you be a part of our team!


2019 Fashion Show Committee

Committee Size:  20 (multiple openings)

What you’ll get: Be a part of the biggest event in the Boston design industry by putting together the show where audience members witness over two dozen talented teams from our chapter battle it out on the runway in front of a captive live audience at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This is an amazing opportunity to collaborate with some of the most creative minds in the city to come up with a show no one has seen before. You will build your professional network and make lasting connections in the city.

Who we’re looking for: IIDA members that are organized, aren’t scared of a little hard work and are passionate about fashion and the design industry. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

What you’ll do:  The following subcommittees have openings:

  • Digital Signage
  • Entry
  • Food, Beverage, After party
  • Graphics
  • Guest Experience
  • Judging
  • Publicity
  • Social Media
  • Sponsorship
  • Treasurer
  • Venue
  • Volunteers
Email your interest to Krista Easterly, 2019 Fashion Show Co-Chair, at [email protected]

ABX Committee

IIDA New England is joining forces with ABX to transform the largest annual design and construction industry event in the Northeast into the premier trade show for the interior design community in New England – on par with BDNY and NeoCon.  It’s time for Boston to have a design expo that’s focused on the design of interiors!  Starting in 2019, ABX will feature seminars accredited for IDCEC CEUs, a “interiors hub” on the trade show floor featuring the latest in interior design finishes, furnishings and lighting products, and multiple opportunities to connect and network with fellow interior designers, owners, architects, and contractors.  We need YOUR help to make this new joint venture a huge success.

What you’ll get:  Be a part of the first-ever team working to broaden the focus of ABX to include interiors design, interior finishes, furnishings, decorative lighting and practical knowledge geared towards interior design in the Boston market (i.e. renovations and adaptive reuse, tenant fit outs).

What IIDA NE gets:  Promotion and recognition of the practice of interior design; A revenue share of all attendee registrations and exhibitor sales.

What you’ll do: 

  • Solicit interest session proposals from IIDA members, interior designers, and industry partners
  • Work with reps to encourage the development of unique CEUs to be launched during ABX
  • Help evaluate and select interest sessions to be presented at ABX
  • Register all interest sessions for IDCEC credit
  • Design and Project Manager the creation of the “interior design hub” at ABX – a zone of the trade show floor dedicated to all things “interiors”
  • Promote the sale of trade show floor space to IIDA industry members, dealerships, showrooms, manufacturers (i.e. potential exhibitors)
  • Develop, contract, and execute 2-3 events during ABX (lunch, cocktails, etc.) to be hosted by IIDA for our members within the “hub”
  • Develop IIDA member discounting models for show floor space and attendee tickets
  • Promote ABX via IIDA NE social media channels
  • Work with ABX leadership to track sales and attendee registrations
  • Serve as onsite liaison during set-up, show days and breakdown to ensure proper execution
  • Work closely with ABX show management on overall vision, execution plan, logistics, marketing, budget, product procurement/sponsorship, etc.

 Email your interest to Matt Hyatt, Immediate Past President, at [email protected]


Communications Committee

Committee Size: 15 (2 openings)

What you’ll get: Be a part of the annual Yearbook Committee! Each year the Communications team works together to create a yearbook of all of the amazing events and programs IIDA NE puts on each year. See the 2017-2018 version here. Join part of the creative group that puts all of this together. You’ll have the ability to work with all IIDA NE committees to coordinate their design/content and the opportunity to design the graphics for our 2018-2019 theme.

Who we’re looking for: IIDA members that are organized, creative and enjoy being part of a team. Previous experience with InDesign, Photoshop or other graphics programs is ideal but not necessary.

What you’ll do:  There are several roles within this committee which include…copy editor, graphic designers, and content coordinator. Members can either work on gathering and organizing content from all of the committees or work to develop the graphics/theme and input the content.

Email your interest to Brittany Morin, VP of Communications at [email protected].


Membership Committee

Committee Size:  4-6 (currently 2 openings)

What you’ll get:  Expand your personal network and develop personal connections with people throughout the New England design industry as part of IIDA NE’s Membership Committee.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that must be outgoing, personable, and good at developing personal relationships. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Organize & run our annual Principals Round Table – identify venue & menu; arrange for speaker (topic/travel/accommodations); outreach to firms to promote attendance; coordination of invitations; attendance and participation in roundtable discussions
  • Develop and promote New Member Initiatives – outreach to firms, development of opportunities for new members; develop and distribute “welcome packets” to new members (personal calls, email correspondence and “swag”); organize and conduct quarterly new members meetings (cocktails party format) with board members
  • Plan and run our Annual Meeting – identify venue; arrange catering; set up AV; assist in badging; assist in pre-event set up; work with president and president-elect on member awards and presentations; work the badging table during the event
  • Work with our Website Task Force (part of the Communications Committee) to develop membership content for our new website, including periodic updates to content once the site has launched
  • Develop and conduct Post-event Membership Surveys – work with all events to develop survey tools to capture event feedback, identify opportunities for improvement, and continually increase the value of IIDA membership
  • Conduct Design Firm Outreach – develop bi-annual survey tools to solicit input from firms about cost vs. value of memberships & extract actionable items that will increase that value and grow membership

Committee meets monthly at Teknion or via GoToMeeting.  Regular time/day TBD.

Email your interest to Lisa DesJardins, VP of Membership at [email protected]


Providence City Center Committee

Committee Size:  20 (currently 5 openings)

What you’ll get:  Be part of a close-knit design community actively promoting and supporting the practice of interior design in Rhode Island.  The Providence City Center Committee organizes and develops a full range of amazing events and programs for RI-based designers and IIDA industry members, giving committee members opportunities to contribute to the city center’s growth and build their professional network in many ways.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that ideally work or live in proximity to Providence and share a passion for elevating interior design in the Ocean State. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

What you’ll do:  Open committee positions and responsibilities include:

Design Week RI Liaison

  • Membership on Design Week RI Subcommittee
  • Attend all monthly meetings of Design Week RI Subcommittee (March – August)
  • Report back to VP of Providence City Center with opportunities for IIDA NE involvement in Design Week RI
  • Plan, promote and execute a Design Week RI IIDA NE event (develop program, identify and secure venue, develop & manage event budget, identify event sponsors)
  • Work with Communications Committee liaison to promote Design Week RI through all IIDA NE channels
  • Coordinate Design Week sponsorship

Green RI Chair

  • Managing venue contact/coordination
  • Event catering coordination & menu planning
  • Budget coordination with treasurers from other participating professional organizations (AIA RI & ASLARI)
  • Pre-event walkthroughs
  • Attendance and participation at monthly event planning meetings
  • Makes name tags/badges
  • Development of event timeline/schedule
  • Coordinate and direct all “day of” activities
  • Manage all volunteers, including communication ahead of event to make assignments and receive volunteer effort updates
  • Produce and distribute agendas and minutes for all Green RI Subcommittee meetings

Committee meets monthly from November - June with periodic conference calls as needed.  Time and location TBD.

Roundtable Chair 2019

  • Event taking place October/November 2019, chair to start planning work July 2019
  • Managing venue procurement, contact/coordination
  • Event catering coordination & menu planning
  • Work within a budget
  • Find speaker and coordinate presentation
  • Coordinate guest list with city center director and mange invites/wait list  
  • Makes name tags/badges
  • Development of event timeline/schedule
  • Coordinate and direct day of event

Holiday Gala Chair 2019

  • Event taking place December 2019, chair to start planning work August 2019
  • Managing venue procurement, contact/coordination
  • Event catering coordination & menu planning
  • Work within a budget
  • Manage/oversees volunteers
    • Sponsorship
    • Philanthropy
    • Possible design competition team
  • Manages marketing for event with communications team
  • Makes name tags/badges
  • Development of event timeline/schedule
  • Coordinate and direct day of event

Graphics/Communications RI Team Member

  • Year-round involvement, level of involvement changes throughout year
  • Works with Graphics/Communications Liaison and the VP of Communications
  • Develop a way in which event attendees/members can provide feedback throughout the year
  • Work on RI centered yearbook pages
  • Help provide RI content for New England wide communications such as The Wire

Email your interest to Jennifer Hanson, VP of Providence City Center at [email protected]


Sponsorship Committee

NEW Committee Size:  3 (currently 1 opening)

What you’ll get:  Expand your personal network and develop your networking and PR skills as part of IIDA NE’s Sponsorship Committee.  Members of this committee routinely engage with senior leaders throughout the design & construction industry.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that must be personable, gracious in social settings and comfortable making cold calls. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Developing our annual Chapter Sponsorship package, including adding new/improved benefits on an annual basis
  • Administering our Annual Chapter Sponsorship drive
  • Planning and executing our annual Chapter Sponsors Ski Trip
  • Acting as a liaison between Chapter Sponsors and all IIDA NE event co-chairs
  • Providing concierge services to all Chapter Sponsors, including assisting them in taking full advantage of their benefits
  • Creating and implementing new/innovative approaches to event sponsorship throughout the year, including joint efforts with other professional association leaders
  • Maintaining and growing our chapter’s sponsor contact list through outreach and networking
  • Developing and implementing a new feedback program for Chapter Sponsors and event sponsors (survey tools, personal emails/calls) so that we are constantly identifying opportunities for improvement

Committee meets monthly at Gensler or via GoToMeeting.  Regular time/day TBD.

Email your interest to Kara Hanson, VP of Sponsorship at [email protected]


Workplace Innovation Committee

(A joint venture between IIDA New England and Design Museum Boston)

Committee Size: 5 (currently 3 openings)

What you'll get: Collaborate with members of the Design Museum Boston Brain Trust to curate quarterly tours of award-winning  workplace projects created by IIDA NE members, culminating in Case Study tours during the annual Workplace Innovation Summit each November.  The committee will identify projects to tour, coordinate sponsorship, transportation  to/from the venue, and catering.  Additionally the committee will work with presenters from the design firms, furniture vendors, owners, and general contractors to develop compelling panel discussions about the innovations behind each space.

Who we're looking for: IIDA members that reside in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Email your interest to Matt Hyatt, Immediate Past President, at [email protected]