ASID and IDC present Impact Summit 2015


To drive deeper impact into the future of the health and wellness movement, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) are pleased to convene thought leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors for the inaugural Impact Summit 2015 at the Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Fla., August 6 – 7, 2015.

Together, the organizations seek to foster action through an insightful two-day agenda designed to help members and participants connect, collaborate, and create strategies for healthier people and buildings.

“The genesis of creating an Impact Summit stems from the Health and Wellness Protocols we’ve been developing over the last year as part of our 2014 Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Randy Fiser, ASID CEO. “As part of this process, we know it’s critical that we continue to drive the health and wellness conversation to not only our membership, but also to decision makers, thought leaders, and government officials who can impact change. By co-hosting the Summit with IDC, we hope to inspire more people across North America to join the conversation and build healthy solutions meant to impact our collective future.”

“Working with ASID, we’ve been able to collaborate and bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and experts from across various disciplines to share their insight on how the power of smart technology can influence the future of health and wellness through interior design,” continued Susan Wiggins, IDC CEO. “Can indoor environmental quality programs build value into building assets to retain and attract tenants and employees? Is integrative design the key to health and wellness success? These are some of the questions we want to answer.”

The Summit will open with a tour of the Lake Nona Medical City on August 6. The 650-acre health and life sciences park is a landmark for Orlando and a premier location for medical care, research, and education. In just the past seven years, Lake Nona Medical City has become home to some of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, research institutions, and health and life science companies. The tour is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Learn more about Lake Nona Medical City.

The opening keynote will be given by Alexander Chan, associate director of national strategy for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), who oversees a national portfolio of programs focused on chronic disease prevention and treatment. Chan manages initiatives that address critical needs or gaps in services across a broad array of domestic health issues, such as increasing the capacity of mental health and substance abuse services on college campuses, expanding access to life-saving opioid reversal agents through negotiated agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturers, and more. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chan worked in both the public and private sectors on projects designed to improve public health outcomes through interventions and changes to the built environment.

In addition, the Summit will feature three plenaries, each with a panel of speakers who will drive discussions on designing built environments that promote positive health outcomes. Speakers represent a wide-variety of disciplines and bring their unique perspectives to each topic area.

Plenary 1: What Is the Future of Intelligent Homes and Communities?

The Lake Nona Medical City is comprised of educational facilities, five million square feet of commercial and retail space, and a mix of residential options. Forty percent of the community is reserved for open green space and lakes. This model offers insight into the future of smart commercial and residential design.

Participants include:

  • Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, president and principal interior designer, CAMA, Inc.
  • Deborah C. German, M.D., vice president, medical affairs and dean, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida
  • Clifford Henry, vice president, planning, facilities, and support services, North York General Hospital
  • Susan Szenasy, editor, Metropolis magazine
  • Sandra Vance, senior director, interoperability initiatives, HIMSS

Learn more about the speakers.

Plenary 2: Health, Safety, and Welfare Versus Health and Wellness

Most workplace accidents are preventable. When employees are educated and motivated to improve their health, they are less likely to cause, or be involved in, an accident at work.

Participants include:

  • Lisa Barnard, CSI, LEED AP O+M, commercial key account manager, BASF Center for Building Excellence
  • Mara Baum, healthcare sustainable design leader, HOK
  • David Eisenberg, cofounder, Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT)
  • Bryan Steverson, green buildings program advisor, GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings
  • Sara Yerkes, senior vice president, government relations, International Code Council

Learn more about the speakers.

Plenary 3: Integration of the Disciplines: Is Integrative Design the Key to Health and Wellness Success?

An integrated design process includes the active and continuing participation of users and community members, code officials, building technologists, contractors, cost consultants, civil engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, structural engineers, specification specialists, and consultants from many specialized fields. Who will lead this charge? What is the call-to-action? How do stakeholders get buy-in?

Participants include:

  • Angela Bourne, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.Ed., IDC, ASID, IDEC, EDRA, president, Neuro-Considerate Environments
  • Lisa Fulford-Roy, senior vice president, marketing principal, HOK
  • Anthony M. Guerrero, director, facilities and operations, National Resources Defense Council
  • Nadav Malin, LEED Fellow, president, BuildingGreen, Inc.
  • A.J. Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID, Associate IIDA, Associate AIA, LEED AP ID+C, national architectural and design manager, Allsteel

Learn more about the speakers.

Smaller breakout sessions, group discussions, and networking opportunities will round out the agenda. Learn more about the Summit and register.