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Black Interior Designers Network Master Class to Be Held Oct. 2

The inaugural, day-long, digital business development program will feature design industry experts sharing growth strategies and fostering community connection.

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Black Interior Designers Network

The inaugural Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) Master Class will be held Friday Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. The Master Class is a full-day digital intensive to connect with our community and foster business growth in a similar way that our annual conference provides. As we pivot in the era of COVID, the BIDN Master Class aims to provide vital business advice, tools, and new opportunities to members and allies, further elevating them to achieve greater opportunities and success in their design businesses. 

Attendees will hear from industry leading speakers who will demystify particular business aspects and deliver the valued content that members (and now allies!) have come to expect from the BIDN organization.

Confirmed speakers and subjects include:

  • Keia McSwain & Patti Carpenter – Welcome Remarks
  • Veronica Solomon – Sourcing Products for Profitability
  • Cheryl Umbles – Strictly Business: Project Proposals & the Bid Response
  • Nikki Klugh – Systems that Scale
  • Gail Doby – Bottom Line Basics
  • Arianne Bellizaire & Emily Henderson – How to Create Compelling Content that Attracts Top-Notch Brand Partnership Opportunities
  • Katy Olson of Architectural Digest – Getting Published
  • Rayon Richards – Interior Design Photography at its Core
  • Nikki Chu – Developing Your Own Homeline and Brand
  • Mikel Welch & Bobby Berk – Room for Improvement in Design and Mainstream Media
  • Michel Smith Boyd – Cocktail Hour


  • Kohler
  • Benjamin Moore
  • The Shade Store
  • 1stDibs
  • Z Gallerie

Founded in 2010, the Black Interior Designers Network is a 501-3c non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the interior design industry by highlighting designers of color and supporting Black designers with business development opportunities. The Black Interior Designers Network works to create a rich network of resources for members, colleagues, suppliers, manufacturers, and media entities that showcase the breadth of Black interior designers’ creativity, influence and professional contributions, ultimately helping to close the opportunity and income gap of the minority community. For more information, please visit www.blackinteriordesignersnetwork.com style="color:black">.

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