BOLD: Building Our Leaders in Design


Building Our Leaders in Design (BOLD) is 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 all backgrounds 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. 

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.

February 10, 2024

BOLD Presence

Marketing/Networking/Social Media/Branding

March 9, 2024

BOLD Ambassador

Communication, Delegation, Conflict Resolution, Critiques

April 13, 2024

BOLD Speaker

Presentation Skills/Improv Exercises

May 11, 2024

BOLD Leader

Managing Projects and People

June 1, 2024

BOLD Plans

Writing Proposals/Contracts/ Time Management/Strategy/ Refining Design and Problem Solving

July 13, 2024

BOLD Alliances 

Design Partners

August 10, 2024

BOLD Advocacy 

Learn about NCIDQ Certification and the latest legislation impacting designers

September 14, 2024

Erin Jennings, IIDA, AIA, NCIDQ, NCARB, CIDQ –  Market Leader at Luminaut and president elect of CIDQ

BOLD Future and BOLD Designer

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

GRADUATION from the BOLD Program

October 12, 2024


For the 2024 program, BOLD has expert speakers joining our sessions. We are opening select sessions that would be beneficial to designers with 5 or more years of experience.
Cost for members: $35.00 per session
Cost for non-members: $45.00 per session
Register today as space is limited.


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: 

  • Application opens October 1, 2023
  • Application due February 1, 2024

BOLD Planning Committee

For more information, please contact:

Kim Dutkosky
Director of BOLD 

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