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February 2024

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FEBRUARY 2024 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 33 • Panel - Low Impact is a Good Thing: The Latest Initiatives in Low-Carbon Design February 27 at 4:00pm Moderated by Avinash Rajagopal, editor in chief, Metropolis Magazine, this panel will provide practical insights on reducing carbon impact with the goal of promoting circular design practices. Amanda Gunawan, OWIU (Only Way Is Up); Laurence Carr, Laurence Carr, Inc.; and Megan Thompson, greenList, will discuss and answer questions about material choices, energy-efficient technologies and the development of criteria for decision-making on when to renovate and when to preserve. • Disruptor Series - Neurodiverse Universe: You're Ignoring 96% of Your Clients February 28 at 10:00am Shelly Rosenberg, Shelly Rosenberg Studio LLC, will offer next-level theories on inclusive design and its impact on human health and well- being. Hear directly from this pioneer of adaptive design who draws from her personal experience to innovate solutions that improve the quality of life for a family adapting to autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders, sensory issues, and other unique needs. • Panel - Hard Truths and Tough Love: Leadership Through Challenging Times February 28 at 11:00am LuAnn Nigara, Owner, LuAnn Nigara Inc., will host a panel featuring Marine Sargsyan, Houzz; Garrison Hullinger, Studio Garrison; and Gina D'Amore Bauerle, D'Amore Interiors/Design Boss, who will each provide valuable insights into the hard truths that define leadership during challenging times and the tough love required to ensure businesses not only survive but thrive in the face of adversity. • Panel - The Complete Healthy Home: How to Impact Your Clients' Vitality February 28 at 1:00pm NEXTStage host Julee Ireland of Julee Ireland Designs and Home Renovation School will lead an exploration of the fusion of design and wellness principles that enhance not only aesthetics but also the overall health of living spaces. From biophilic design and lighting strategies to acoustics and ergonomics, panelists Anita Yokota, Author of Home Therapy; Cara Newhart, Never Skip Brunch; and Natalie Biles, Shine Interior Design Studio, will guide you through a mindful and personalized approach to design that positively impacts clients' physical and mental well-being. • Panel - All in on AI: Making Friends with the Latest Tools and Technology February 28 at 2:00pm Embrace AI-driven design and the benefits it will bring to your business with moderator Andrew Lane, co-founder digby; Interior Design Metaverse Architecture & Design Awards, and panelists Will Zhang, Emtek, Morgan Molitor, construction2style, and Jenna Gaidusek, AI for Interior Designer, Jenna Gaidusek Designs. Audiences will discover how machine learning is reshaping the creative process, client presentations, trend forecasting, personalized customer experiences, and smart home integration. • Panel - Drops of Impact: The Crucial Role Water Plays in Sustainable Futures February 28 at 3:00pm Water is a finite and essential resource, and its careful management is fundamental to sustainable home design. Sponsored by Moen and moderated by Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media LLC, this panel will prove that sustainability and style can coexist harmoniously and will demonstrate how new technology and innovations can help homeowners use water more responsibly. Featured speakers include Mark-Hans Richer, Moen; Christoph Lohr, IAPMO; and Ginger Rabe, Ginger Rabe Designs, LLC. All NEXTStage programming is included with KBIS registration. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.kbis.com/nextstage. RO RO

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