Developed in 2013, the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) answered one of the top requests from firm principals – provide specific professional development training to rising designers in the chapter. Curriculum prepares designers with at least 3 years and a maximum of 8 years of experience in the design industry for leadership roles through a series of interactive seminars covering a wide spectrum of skills and business fundamentals over an 11-month program.

The program is free for designers, even non-IIDA members. In exchange for the invaluable training the designers receive, their firms agree to pay for the designer’s IIDA membership the following year and, once graduated from the ELN, designers are placed on IIDA NE committees to continue to develop their leadership skills while strengthening their ties to our community. Nominations are made by firm principals who have attended IIDA NE’s Principals Roundtable and nominees are asked to fill out applications to ensure content is tailored to each ELN class.

Many graduates of the program have gone on to chair IIDA NE committees, hold seats on our Board of Directors, and – most importantly – to achieve leadership positions on their project teams and within their respective design firms. The impact of this year-long program on firm business and leadership development is well-recognized by principals throughout our design community.

Learn more about our current and past groups of IIDA NE Emerging Leaders below.