Our industry is facing a new and defining cultural shift. The strength of the Black freedom movement, and the groundswell of support it is receiving make one thing clear: the demand for equality will not be satisfied until that equality is secured by mandates and actions. That will mean changes to industries of every type–especially Home.
Hosted by Tom Mirabile, the Springboard Futures webinar, Black Influence and Inclusion in the Home Industry, gathered respected industry experts to discuss essential considerations for the advancement of equality and diversity in Home. Our panel spanning the perspectives of Product Sourcing, Trend Forecasting, Interior Design, and Market Development, discussed the most pressing industry issues from the broadest possible perspective and delivered inspiration and clarification–ingredients that made for lively exchanges and innovative ideas to help move the Home industry forward.
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Host: Tom Mirabile- Founder, Springboard Futures
- Patti Carpenter- Principal, carpenter + company/Trendscope
In addition to her leadership role at carpenter + company, she also serves as Global Trend Ambassador for Maison et Objet, Paris and America, a consultant for Pantone, and senior contributor at Springboard Futures. Her work has taken her to 57 countries researching, speaking, and forecasting trends, as well as working with indigenous artisans in international product design and development, to create sustainable links to international markets.
- Katrena Griggs- Founder, Curated Home Brands
A winning entrepreneurial spirit and over thirty-five years of successful sales & management experience in the fashion & home decor industries led Katrena to the creation of the multi-line home decor showroom CURATED HOME BRANDS. With over 2,500 square feet, her company’s showroom brings a vividly diverse collection of brands to Americasmart Atlanta.
- Everick Brown- Principal, Everick Brown Design, New York
Everick Brown’s unique aesthetic has earned him a reputation lauded for infusing Modern classic style with a global perspective. His ability to bring a sense of luxury, live-ability, and comfort to both public and private spaces, has Everick the acknowledgment of The New York Times, Westchester Magazine, Essence, and Black Enterprise, to name a few. He has been featured on television including, TLC, and The Fine Living Network. Additionally, he was a finalist for HGTV’s Design Star, season four.
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