What is BOLD?

Building Outstanding Leaders in Design by people of color for people of color matters. A mentorship program that addresses these nuances and shared experiences of the BIPOC design community. By creating strong leaders of color within the architecture and design industry will change the trajectory of the profession.



To provide mentorship for designers of color by designers of color so that they may excel in leadership and create a strong community as they grow in their careers. IIDA Northland, in partnership with MSP NOMA, is pleased to announce the B.O.L.D. (Building Outstanding Leaders in Design) mentorship program.  

Mission Statement

Diversity in all aspects is good.  By creating strong leaders of color within the architecture and design industry we will change the trajectory of the architecture and design and create local changes that will ultimately lead to global impacts and spaces that are built for everyone and inclusive and safe for all.


We invite our members and design partners currently working in any field of Interior Design, Architecture, Engineering, or Construction to apply for this uniquely designed mentorship program.

Program Information

Professional mentorship program for Interior Designers, Architects, Engineers or other professionals in the commercial and design industry.  Applicants must be IIDA or NOMA members

>  1 Year Commitment
>  Mentorship Pairs based on goals not age or design experience
>  Bi-Monthly Learning Modules

• Month one meeting – learning/ presentation
• Month two full group meeting – share what was learned how we saw these show up in our day to day.
• Throughout the two months mentorship pairs to meet individually and learn/ connect grow together.

2021 Learning Modules *schedule subject to change



Topic:  Perspective

February 4, 2021 – Kick-off & setting up mentorship expectations pairings

March 4, 2021 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm


April / May

Topic:  Demanding your value

April 1st – 5:30pm  – 6:30pm – POSTPONED!

May 6th – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

June /July

Topic: Leading authentically

June 3rd – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

July 1st – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

August / September

Topic:  Critiquing through a diverse lens

August 5th – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

September 2nd – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

October / November

Topic:  Managing difficult conversations

October 7th – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

November 4th – 5:30pm  – 6:30pm

December / January

Topic:  Building community

December 2nd – 5:30pm  – 6:30pm

January 6th – 5:30pm  -6:30pm



Applications for 2022 are open from November 23, 2021 – January 3, 2022.  

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We do not accept unsolicited requests for financial support and will determine and announce program opportunities as they are available.

Questions? Email educationfund@iida-northland.org