Leaders Breakfast Chicago celebrates design's importance in the global market place and features a keynote speaker to encourage new ideas, and recognizes an honoree who has made significant contributions to the design industry.
Honoree | Mitchell Cohen & Diane Schroeder
Mitchell Cohen and Diane Schroeder started their GHK careers in the fall of 1980 and have worked together and individually for nearly four decades since. Cohen, with a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, and Art, has held various creative and management roles with GHK ultimately leading the firm as President and CEO. In 2006, he led the effort of merging GHK with NELSON continuing as Managing Principal. Schroeder, who has served as Vice President and Design Director of GHK for 27 years, developed her career after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska. Persistently following the idea of interior design as an art form, she worked for a design firm in Lincoln, followed by the international firms Leo A Daly and HOK, and her own design business in St. Louis. Professionally and personally, Cohen and Schroeder bring leadership to excellence in design. They both feel honored and humbled to be mentioned ‘In the spirit of Ray and Charles Eames’ whom they so admire.
Keynote Speaker | Terri Trespicio
Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor. Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion," has earned more than 4.5 million views to date. A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and The Anderson Cooper Show. Her work has been featured Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Prevention, Business Insider, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. Trespicio teaches people how to deliver their messages on screen and on stage through her consulting work and her courses, Lights Camera Expert and Tapped to Speak, as well as her live event, Tapped to Speak LIVE. Trespicio is also a stand-up comic and performs across New York.