The Design Leadership Network was formed to promote growth within the design industry through education, inspiration, community, and connectivity.

The Design Leadership Network was founded in 2003 with an inspiration and a vision to support design firm principals through educational programming and a peer-to-peer community. What began as intimate regional meetings with high-level designers, architects, landscape architects and industry influencers, is now a national organization of top tier design industry professionals across multiple disciplines, corporate brands and media outlets. Members are among the most highly respected individuals in their fields.

The DLN was founded by Peter Sallick, a creative entrepreneur and business leader who has led Waterworks for most of the past 20 years and co-founded Dering Hall.  Peter brings decades of experience in aspects of the industry ranging from product design and development to media and communications to sales, marketing and operations having led a start-up, growing brands, a large corporation, and turnarounds. His relationships span all corners of the market.

Frank Gehry in conversation with Paul Goldberger at the 2015 Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles, CA.

Frank Gehry in conversation with Paul Goldberger at the 2015 Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles, CA.

Our members are interior designers, architects, and landscape architects who are highly accomplished in their field and truly passionate about the Design and Architecture Industry.

DLN programming features its marquee event the Design Leadership Summit, an annual multi day conference featuring keynote and interactive sessions, tours, the Design Leadership Award presentation, and networking opportunities. The DLN also produces 3-4 significant special events, intimate member only dinners, members-only travel programs, and high-level business workshops called DLN Forums.  The objective of these events is to bring members together for professional growth, inspiration, and connectivity. 

The DLN team, its Leadership Board, and advisors come together through this organization to share expertise, develop new ideas, listen, and grow along with members. The DLN is eager to strengthen our community by investing in resources to support education, research, and advocacy in new and compelling venues, tools, and programs. By focusing our attention on an exclusive organization of principals of leading interior design, architecture and landscape architecture firms, along with the senior executives of related product and media companies, we can together set an example that supports positive development across all aspects of our industry.

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Peter Sallick

Founder & Co-Host

Managing Partner, Design Investors, LLC; CEO and Board Member, Waterworks; Founder and CEO of Dering Hall; Founder of the Design Leadership Network and Design Leadership Summit

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Rebecca Birdwell

Managing Director

Managing Director, Design Leadership Network; Principal, RHBirdwell; Board Member, Sir John Soane Museum Foundation

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Ron Tumpowsky

Chief Partnership Officer, Design Leadership Network

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Sydney Gemes

Marketing and Operations Coordinator, Design Leadership Network

Leadership Board

Beth Webb

Beth Webb Interiors

Catherine Connolly


David Calligeros

Remains Lighting

David Cohen


Elizabeth Dinkel

Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates, Inc.

Frank Ponterio

Frank Ponterio Interior Design

Gary Searle


John Edelman

Design Within Reach

Magd Riad

Marmi Natural Stone

Matthew Berman


Michael Imber

Michael G. Imber Architects