Manufacturer representatives, sales and facility professionals, emerging professionals and design practitioners are all invited to attend our Seminars, which focus on business and professional development. Seminars are not for continuing education credit and cost $15/each during online pre-registration or $20/each if you wait to register on-site (if not already sold out).


Thursday, August 10 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Resilient Cities

presenter: TBA w/ the City of Dallas

Dallas was selected as one of only 100 cities around the world to participate in the prestigious 100 Resilient Cities program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. This innovative program is dedicated to helping cities become resilient to the environmental, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Dallas is booming, but with expansion comes challenges. Severe weather, disease, and economic disparity test the city’s grit and force its leaders to plan strategically and work collaboratively. No matter what role you play within the built environment, you’ll benefit from learning what Dallas and other cities across the USA are doing to be and stay resilient. Find out how you can be a part of the solution by attending this informative seminar.


Thursday, August 10 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Design Dish

presenters: William Baker w/ Jones Baker; Miguel Vincens & John Paul Valverde w/ Coeval Studio; Royce Ring & Alex Urrunaga w/ planBgroup

Find out how top restaurant designers are maximizing the consumer appeal, operational efficiency and success of F&B concepts. They will share upcoming design previews, as well as their viewpoints on the new regional restaurant trends and why some concepts do not have the longevity to stick around.


Friday, August 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How to Navigate the FF&E Process – Conceptual Design to Installation, the Players and their Roles

presenters: Sonya Odell, FASID, RID w/ The Ginger Grant Group, Lynn Meeker w/ Wilson Office Interiors, Kenda Draper, ASID, RID, LEED AP ID+C w/ SmithGroupJJR, Stephanie Andrus w/ Texas Women’s University

Furniture specifications used to be easy, then reduced fees, rapid project speeds, additional course work required/less specification writing, fewer bodies on projects, more components in the design process, and not enough experienced designers left in many design firms. This panel discussion with a senior commercial interior designer, designer with a university, dealer, and furniture rep will explain how to get the best project from the initial design concepts to the final move in - what can happen plus how to prevent some of the dreaded "VE" and the "Oops" that occur on projects. Humor and horror will make a memorable discussion of the correct way to ask, what to expect, and to maintain your design.