The Design Bloggers Conference is the event of the year for interior design bloggers, the first of its kind to bring together design industry leaders to get inspired, make connections and share skills vital to one’s growth in the business of design blogging.

Naturally, Over My Shoulder Foundation fits right in so we are proud to have attended. We fit right in because of Designing the Next Generation, Over My Shoulder Foundation’s international conversation about mentoring in the design world. This conversation takes place at productions, live events which bring together industry professionals, and – on our blog. OMSF Co-Founders Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll spoke about their work at the conference.

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Dawn Carroll (right) has been Patti Austin’s (left) guiding light in her design goals.

Mentoring in the Design World with Over My Shoulder Foundation

Designing the Next Generation IS a blog recognized at the inaugural Design Bloggers Conference held March 3-5, 2013 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City and presented by Digital Sherpa. Yet, Designing the Next Generation is only one aspect of Over My Shoulder Foundation’s work on mentoring in the design world. Some other ways that Over My Shoulder Foundation supports mentoring in the design world include the following productions:

  • OMSF partnered with CUMAR Marble & Granite to create and inspire The Boston Globe’s Design New England Magazine MIDDIE (Mentors in Design) awards. The MIDDIES salute design professionals in interior design, architecture, building, landscape design, and related fields, who share their time, expertise, and wisdom with the next generation.
  • An inspirational evening of mentoring stories and song, also called Designing the Next Generation, was held at Boston’s Liberty Hotel on June 18, 2012. The event was attended by 300+ leaders from sectors of Design, Architecture, Construction, Music, Law, and Education throughout Boston and New England.
  • OMSF partnered with well-known design brands like the prestigious Poggenpohl kitchen design studios and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture showrooms. The events are just a hint of what is to come as individuals from the worlds of mentoring, music and design gather to recognize the importance of Mentorology and help OMSF spread the concept for future generations.

Over My Shoulder Foundation hails Mentorology, the art and science of mentoring, as the number-one priority as we move forward producing live events which bring together industry leaders in order to pay tribute to great mentors and put the spotlight on the importance of mentoring.

We hope we inspired YOU to get involved in the work of designing the next generation.

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We are so proud to announce that Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF) was recognized this year by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New England Chapter. The recognition happened at the ASID New England Annual Awards Gala when a portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated to our mentoring efforts. This year, the Gala was thrown at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Thursday, March 21 (2013).

 

About the American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers. In the United States there are over 20,000 designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design through ASID membership.

 

OMSF and ASID New England

As Dawn Carroll, OMSF Co-Founder and Executive Director, guides this mentoring non-profit into its niche at events and awards (such as this year’s ASID New England recognition) we can’t help but notice that in the world of design, ASID is a top player. OMSF is heading in the right direction, and we hope you’ll get involved in our mentoring movement.

Here is Dawn accepting Over My Shoulder Foundation’s award at this year’s ASID New England annual awards gala.

OMSF Co-Founder and Executive Director accepting an ASID New England award at the 2013 gala

When Dawn accepted the award she talked about her experiences with mentoring throughout her career. You can watch a video of the 2013 ASID New England Awards Gala here.

 

Design at Over My Shoulder Foundation – An Insight Into Our Award-Worthiness

As a stone designer at Cumar Marble and Granite, Dawn knows firsthand that in the stone world, mentoring is the only way that the special craftsmanship has been able to live on from generation to generation. With Cumar (a gold sponsor of the 2013 ASID New England Annual Awards Gala), which is currently in its 8th generation of leadership, Dawn is mentoring her OMSF Co-Founder Patti Austin in the world of design as Patti pursues her dreams of becoming an interior designer.

Patti won the 2010 Mentors in Design award (the MIDDIE award was designed by Cumar) at the start of her involvement in design and commitment to mentoring. Someday Dawn and Patti might have their own design-centric mentoring TV show but until then, stay tuned.

Here is Patti Austin, OMSF Co-Founder, receiving another design award, the 2010 MIDDIE (Mentors in Design) award.

Ever at the intersection of mentoring, music and design – Over My Shoulder Foundation is set to take these worlds by storm and bring you into the magical world of mentoring.

 

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Boston Showroom Supports Mentoring with OMSF at ASID Gala

This year’s gold sponsor of the ASID New England Awards Gala is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This powerhouse of design has supported OMSF’s mentoring movement through their Boston showroom. Just last year, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams hosted an OMSF event in 2012 where OMSF Co-Founder and Grammy award-winning singing legend Patti Austin gave her mentee Santana Roberts a scholarship for National Thank Your Mentor Day.

At the ASID Gala this year, ASID New England Chapter President Mary Beth Haggerty presented OMSF with a $1,000 check to expand mentoring efforts through music and design.

ASID New England Gala, 2013 - Over My Shoulder Foundation

(L – R) John Trifone of Mitchell Gold
+ Bob Williams; ASID New England Chapter President Marybeth Haggerty;Dawn Carroll, Award-Winning Designer and OMSF Co-Founder/Executive Director

Together, Dawn and Patti are bringing their vision to life. Over My Shoulder Foundation is using design, music, stories and entertainment to help people understand the power of mentoring and give them real life examples of how mentoring is an art form that deserves attention, recognition and effort.

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