Women of Influence event scheduled for tomorrow

The virtual event will take place tomorrow, July 21, from 4-5 p.m. EST

Forty One Madison’s Kristi Forbes, Black Interior Designers Network’s Keia McSwain and seven other female leaders will be honored tomorrow in the 2020 Women of Influence event, an exclusive program from BridgeTower Media, Casual Living‘s parent company.

The 2020 Women of Influence event honors those in the gift, home furnishings and interior design industries for their leadership, accomplishments and strategic vision.

Each brand in our publishing group chose one woman to celebrate; Casual Living selected Jackie Hirschhaut. In addition, Caroline Hipple, president of Norwalk Furniture, was chosen as a Legacy Honoree and McSwain as a Rising Star.

The one-hour online presentation will highlight the award winners and feature Patricia Russo, executive director of The Campaign School at Yale, who will present the keynote address, “Leading a Civically Engaged Life in a Pandemic World.” (HFN’s Allison Zisko recently spoke to Russo about women in industry; click here to view.)

The event is scheduled for July 21, 4-5 p.m. EST, followed by a virtual cocktail hour. Libby Langdon of Libby Langdon Interiors will be presenting the closing remarks. Tickets are $15 each; click here to register.


Here is the full list of this year’s winners:

Casual Living:

Jackie Hirschhaut, Executive Director, ICFA

Designers Today:

Veronica Solomon, Interior Designer, Design Educator, Community Leader

Gifts & Decorative Accessories:

Nora Napientek, Founder and President, nora fleming

Furniture Today:

Judi Lebensburger, Ashley Furniture Industries

Home Accents Today:

Connie Lineberry, Connie Lineberry & Associates


Kristi Forbes, Director, Forty One Madison

Home Textiles Today:

Dipali Goenka, CEO & Joint Managing Director, Welspun India Ltd.

Rising Star:

Keia McSwain, President, Black Interior Designers Network

Legacy Award Honoree:

Caroline Hipple, President, Norwalk Furniture


Crestview Collection is the event’s headline sponsor, while Beatriz Ball, Ashley and Howard Elliott are additional sponsors.

Andrea is passionate about home design, and has covered the home furnishings industry for most of her journalism career. She is the Executive Editor, Design, of Designers Today; in addition, she also serves as the Managing Editor of HFN and Lighting Editor for Home Accents Today. Andrea lives in beautiful Brooklyn, where she could very well be the only person without a tattoo.