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Design Forces Speaker Series: Building + Retaining a Diverse Design Team

September 27, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Join the Toronto International Design Centre (TIDC) for the third installment of their Design Forces Speaker Series – a meaningful and timely discussion that will assist your firm in implementing best practices for Building + Retaining a Diverse Design Team.

Join all-star panelists as they share how their organizations have overhauled hiring practices to build more diverse teams, how they encourage and support those teams, and how these initiatives have improved their businesses. Get the inside scoop and overview of current labour trends and how business owners can hire, train, and retain diverse teams for their design firms.

This session will:

  • Examine the current lack of diversity in the Design Industry from education to the workforce.
  • Dive into what you can do as business leaders to remove unconscious biases and dismantle barriers to access for underserved communities.
  • Provide you with actionable items and checklists for how to find and assess candidates.
  • Share tips for improving company culture to create an encouraging and supportive environment.
  • Reveal the importance of diverse teams and how they make a positive impact on businesses.

This session is accredited for 1 IDCEC CEU Credit.


Agnes WatkinsonCo-Founder of NextGen Professional and NG Women


Sharon PortelliCAE – Executive Director and Registrar of ARIDO

Natalie RamtahalPhD Student – Manager of Administration and Equity at the School of Interior Design, Toronto Metropolitan University

Yasmien Fadl – Head of Workplace Design, Experience & Change Management at TD Bank

Sponsor: JennAir Canada

100% of ticket costs will benefit the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Student Emergency Fund.

Your $40 contribution will go directly to students in need.

Emergency/Discretionary funding is intended to provide students with short-term assistance with severe financial need. It can cover payments such as, but not limited to, TTC monthly passes, gift cards for grocery stores or drug stores, funds for books, class materials, etc.

The School of Interior Design has seen a growing need for this type of funding. Within the first semester of the 2022-23 academic year, we had a student (from an equity-deserving group) who needed financial support, which the School could not provide. Supporting students is needed now more than ever and we’re so grateful for your generosity.

Register today.

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Event details:
Location: JennAir Experience Centre – 118 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A9
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


September 27, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


JennAir Experience Centre
118 The Esplanade, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON M5E 1A9 Canada
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