Presented by the team ASID Alabama + IIDA Alabama.

Student Career Day is an experience designed to provide the ambitious interior design student with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From Keynote Speakers to guest lecturers the students will gain insight into their future.


Student Career Day 2021 will be a complete experience!

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers
  • Young emerging professionals discussing their post graduation experience
  • Employers discussing what they are looking for in potential employees
  • Advice on how to get the most out of your professional organization membership
  • Experienced practitioners providing invaluable insight
  • Interactive events
  • Door prizes and drawings


8:45 AMWelcome Video
9:00 AMImportance of a Professional Organization – Ryan Ben leads the discussion with panelists Anne-Marie Gianoudis, Jeremy Clark, Hannah Murray, and Suzanne Sabia (Video)
10:00 AMKia Weatherspoon – “XOXO, Your Own Hero” – Live!  https://www.gotomeet.me/info2518/keynote1
11:00 AMEmployee & Employer Perspective – Jonathan Johnson and Anna Pinter (Video)
11:30 AMNew Hire Process Overview – Leslie McClenny (Video)  Download the Handouts
12:00 PMKimberly Woods – CIDQ – Live!  https://www.gotomeet.me/info2518/featured
1:00 PMPrimo Orpilla – Live!  https://www.gotomeet.me/info2518/keynote2
2:00 PMASID Competition winners announced. (Video)

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Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID

An advocate and educator in business leadership, equity, and diversity. A female leader of color, speaker, educator and mentor, who exemplifies what is possible for those who are determined by design.

The voice of design impact and change – Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID has spent the last 15 years defying every design stereotype. Her presence and leadership create ripples, prompting housing developers, agencies, and industry partners in these communities to do better.

Kia has presented, moderated and been on panels across the nation. Kia has also been featured in Fast Company, Boutique Design, At Ease, Globe Street, among many others.


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Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, ASID

Primo Orpilla is the co-founder of Studio O+A, a multi-disciplinary San Francisco design firm that has changed the way we think about work and workplace. O+A’s groundbreaking designs for Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Nike, McDonald’s, Slack and many other companies have demonstrated the power of design to make the work environment a catalyst for creativity and a vehicle for change. As Global Chair of Student Experience at IIDA, he works to promote design education and expand opportunities for young people in the profession.

A frequent lecturer on design and the future of workplace, Primo speaks at schools and design conferences globally, empowering the next generation of designers. In 2016 O+A won the Cooper Hewitt Design Award for Interior Design. In 2017 FRAME Publishers released a comprehensive retrospective of the firm’s work: Studio O+A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design. Most recently the American Society of Interior Designers’ honored Primo with its 2019 Designer of Distinction Award.


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Kimberly Woods,
CIDQ Director of Engagement

After previously serving as Data and Program Manager at CIDQ, Kimberly has recently rejoined the organization in a new role as Director of Engagement.  In this position, she will work on outreach and engagement with a number of stakeholders, including students, educators, member boards, and association chapters, among others.  In addition, Kimberly will resume support of the volunteer Ambassadors program, as well as providing support for CIDQ’s Board of Directors, CEO, and other office staff.

Prior to working for CIDQ, Kimberly worked for an energy consulting company in Ohio. Kimberly received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Toledo.

In Alexandria, Kimberly enjoyed volunteering with the local community as a reading tutor for a fourth grader and mentor for a seventh grader.  Having recently relocated to Ohio, she is excited to spend more time with her family and is thrilled to be back with CIDQ.

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Ryan Ben,
IIDA Director of Association Experience

Ryan Ben has worked at the International Interior Design Association since 2011. In that time, he has become adept at event management, panel moderation, program creation, and crafting resources designed to enhance the membership experience. In addition, Ryan is an actor, writer, facilitator, and performer with over a decade of improvisation experience. Ryan believes we each a powerful story to tell and enjoys helping designers share their story with other members of the IIDA community. Ryan is also a triathlon and endurance sport enthusiast and became a new dad in October, 2020. He will talk about either thing endlessly given the opportunity.

Anna Pinter,
FF&E Coordinator at Blox

Anna Pinter is a versatile interior designer who has been working in the architecture and design industry for four and a half years. As a natural planner, and strong visualizer she loves that design, and its process, is a tangible expression of creativity. Her current role as FF&E Coordinator at BLOX and GA Studio, gives her the opportunity to work with an innovative company that is truly changing our industry. As a modular construction company, BLOX strives to offer twice the quality, in half the time of traditional construction. Before her time at BLOX, Anna was part of the interior design team at Davis Architects, where she expanded on her knowledge of design, and excelled in 3D modeling and information management. Anna is also a professional disc golfer, competing regularly, and sharing her passion for the sport with everyone she can.

Jonathan Johnson,
Director of Interiors and Furnishings at BLOX

Jonathan has a diverse tenure in the Architecture and Design industry that has culminated into his current role as Director of Interiors and Furnishings at BLOX and GA studio. BLOX designs, manufactures, and constructs buildings, primarily in healthcare, at twice the speed and twice the value than traditional construction.  BLOX is the future of Architecture, Design and Construction. Prior to working with BLOX he has designed and overseen multi-million dollar building projects, achieved unprecedented sales growth working with designers, furniture dealers and clients with Humanscale and expanded my professional development and national reach as an A&D sales director with Humanscale, one of the world’s leading commercial furniture and ergonomic companies. He believes in the power of design to shape the human experience, and his core values — authenticity, diversity, clear communication, collaboration, and a strong work ethic — have defined his career and leadership.

Leslie McClenny, RID, IIDA, EDAC, LEED AP ID+C,

A healthcare interiors expert with more than a dozen years in professional practice, Leslie McClenny joined KPS Group last year as a Senior Associate.  During her senior year at Auburn University, where she graduated with a BS in Interior Design, Leslie discovered her passion for healing environments and evidence-based design.  She honed her skills for over a decade in Nashville at Earl Swensson Associates (ESa), a highly regarded national design firm, where she applied that passion for creating environments that promote healing, hospitality, and sustainability to projects ranging from healthcare to corporate, community, and education.  Now focused primarily on healthcare, Leslie strives to design environments that support each client’s mission through function, form, and positive culture. Her energy, ability to listen, and attention to detail have significantly contributed to projects that have garnered industry recognition and awards.

A long-time fascination with psychology led Leslie to explore personality assessments and how they could contribute to her personal development and understanding of others, and then to apply those lessons learned to her career.  She introduced personality assessments into ESa’s student intern onboarding process, and then integrated them into the firm’s new designer hiring process.  She is now introducing personality assessments into the onboarding process at KPS Group.

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