Leadership initiative

Creating a New Class of Leaders

For more than 30 years, the Hall of Fame has recognized exceptional leaders. We are launching a Leadership Initiative to create a new class of innovation and leadership for all segments of the industry: manufacturing, furniture designers, retail, interior designers, sales representatives, fabrics, suppliers and partners, and building management. 

Goals:

1.       To facilitate ongoing Hall of Fame Inductee involvement with future leaders by sharing the wisdom, knowledge and leadership of inductees through:

  • Small group dinners and lunches, which are an honor to attend
  • Partnership with young leader groups already in the industry to sponsor events at Markets and to connect them with Inductees and other leaders.

2.      To Launch The Chairman’s Challenge

  • Spearhead new executive development experiences for leaders who are under 40, customized to our industry and fostering deeper networking.
  • Sponsor and co-sponsor a speaker series on innovation and leadership, in collaboration with Furniture/Today, NHFA, WithIt, IHFRA, ASFD, IDS, NextGen and other industry organizations.
  • Continue the Keynote Speaker at the Induction Celebration to expose the general industry to world-class leaders.

3.       Create a Long-Term Educational Relationship with a university, delivering programs on strategic leadership and innovation through:

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  • Launch executive training courses geared to home furnishings.
  • Introduce day-long university seminars.
  • Begin case studies by a University to be used in executive training.

There are many industry organizations and publications that provide training that is management-driven.  Our Leadership Initiative is focused on long-range, strategic thinking that will foster a new culture of leadership and innovation – programming that is relevant to the industry with a perspective of our strengths and our weaknesses. This Executive Development Track addresses the desire of younger talent for mentoring, inspiration and a connection with other future leaders through this learning experience.

Recognizing Future Leaders

2018 Future Leaders

View past future leaders dinners photo galleries

2018 Photo Gallery