Kayla Weiner, ASID, CID is a talented young designer with her eyes wide open and her head on straight . She is an asset to Design Exchange, Inc., our clients and to the American Society of Interiors Designers. Interestingly enough the ASID Emerging Professional program was initiated a few years ago to help designers who were just entering the profession after design school. The program provides conferences and opportunities to meet other professionals and industry resources, to make connections and become involved in this dynamic industry.
You might say that she returned the favor. As co-chair (with Shavonne Maclin) of the Washington Metro Chapter Emerging Professionals, Kayla not only supported the other young designers in our area, she created a series of social, entertaining , and educational events that benefited new and experienced designers, showrooms, industry partners, and local artisans.
All of that, and still, client projects proceeded on schedule, beautifully. A true professional!
The Milo Hoots, Jr. ASID Leadership Award
Honors an individual who has made outstanding leadership contributions to ASID and the Washington Metro chapter. All Washington Metro chapter Professional, Allied, Associate, Industry Partner and Student members in good standing are eligible candidates. The awardee’s leadership achievements demonstrate exemplary dedication to the Society and to the chapter.
When that popped up in an email last week my immediate response was “Yes!”
Truthfully, I walk the line. I am sure that I am an introvert at heart but occasionally the extrovert breaks through. This email obviously needed to be opened and read.
The Alpha Business Coaching Newsletter (Yes, Lynda, I always read your newsletters.) was about a recent book by Susan Cain, “Quiet,The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. Lynda went on to explain differences in the two distinct types. Introverts need quiet time to assess thoughts and ideas before sharing with others. Extroverts have no qualms about verbalizing an idea and then listen for reactions. As I read her thoughts and explanations, I understood myself better and also figured out how the extrovert made an appearance! Over time I have learned that some of the ideas that were in my mind and not heard in group meetings, would have been more beneficial than the ideas that were selected. Finally, in areas of my own expertise, particularly for someone else, the extrovert could appear and speak up!
Lynda has some great thoughts on how business leaders can get everyone’s ideas into the open in the workplace. She suggests providing opportunities for everyone to plan ahead and bring ideas to a group meeting so that those of us who need the quiet time gain the confidence to contribute. A good read. Sounds like the book is, too.
PS Sometimes that extrovert actually shows up in MY defense! Balance is great.