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Design Leadership Network announces new team, vision
Sep 12, 2012

The Design Leadership Network (DLN) announced a fresh roster of talent to head up its marquee annual event, the Design Leadership Summit, taking place Fall 2013 in New York City. Kate Kelly Smith, SVP and Publishing Director of Hearst Design Group and John Edelman, CEO of Design Within Reach and former CEO of Edelman Leather, will co-host the Summit alongside DLN founder and Waterworks CEO Peter Sallick.
   
Kate Kelly Smith, John Edelman, Peter Sallick.
“I am thrilled to join Peter and John in the next chapter of the Design Leadership Summit,” said Kelly Smith. “It is the perfect time for the Hearst Design Group to highlight how the media world is changing and to discuss how that impacts design in important ways. It is a constant education and we can't wait to engage the industry's top leaders in this conference.”
Edelman said, "I am so excited to be a part of the original dream of Design Leadership Summit—content first, with a clear focus on inspiration based on great thinkers, no matter the locale. Peter and Kate, along with our advisors, sponsors and other supporters are the best team I can think of to join and lead into the future."
   
Paul Goldberger, Hamilton South, Christy MacLear
Special advisors will include Paul Goldberger, architecture and design writer and critic, and now contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine; Hamilton South, founder of the HL Group and former president of marketing for the Ralph Lauren Corporation; and Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and founding executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House will join the Design Leadership Network as special advisors.
 
Julia Noran, Paul Gunther
Editor at Large and its founder Julia Noran will also join the Design Leadership Network team as the trade media partner. Editor at Large will report and share content to its audience of dedicated trade users.
The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and its director Paul Gunther will provide Design Leadership Summit attendees with exclusive access to private, architecturally significant venues in Conference cities in the U.S.
Previous Summits were held in Morocco, Denmark and Italy. Why the move back to New York? Sallick said, “New York provides our membership with the potential for the highest caliber event possible in our industry. For locals and out-of-town members alike, New York offers all of us extraordinary access to the people, ideas, and venues that have the potential to shape our industry strengthen our community. We can’t imagine a better place to be in 2013.”
"I am delighted to hear about all of the various partners lending their experience, insight, and bandwidth to the DLN and the DLS," said interior designer and DLN member Malcolm James Kutner. "This kind of industry diversity is essential to communicating the value that professional designers can bring to the table, and to insuring balance, collaboration and communication across our industry."
With over 450 leading architects and interior designers in the country, the Design Leadership Network is an exclusive membership organization with a mission to strengthen and support the design profession.

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