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Thursday, May 9 2019 | 7:30 am10:30 am



The IIDA Leaders Breakfast series began as a single event, launched in New York, in 1989. It has grown into an annual international event series that celebrates design’s importance in the global market place by honoring the people who are both the legacy and future of design.

Each chosen host city organizes a breakfast that features a renowned keynote speaker to provoke and encourage new ideas, and recognizes one city-selected honoree who has made significant contributions to the design industry.

Speaker: Phil Hansen, Multi-media Artist

In his early career, Artist and Keynote Speaker Phil Hansen was a pointillist, making images out of thousands of small and distinct dots. Years of that work took a toll on his body and he ultimately developed a shake in his hand. He went to a neurologist who told him he had permanent nerve damage – basically a death sentence for his kind of art, but that same doctor ended the visit with these words: “why don’t you just embrace the shake?” 

In his awe-inspiring keynote, Phil Hansen reminds us that looking at limitations as a source of creativity changed the course of his life. Limitations may be an unlikely place to discover creativity, but it also may be one of the best ways to get out of ruts and challenge accepted norms. As he would say, “instead of telling each other to seize the day, we should remind ourselves to seize the limitation”.

Honoree: To Be Announced at Event


Thursday, May 9 2019
7:30 am — 10:30 am
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583 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065 United States