Jill Gibney, Interior Designer, McCarthy Nordburg
VP of Membership, IIDA SW Chapter
Years in interior design: 14+
Years in IIDA Southwest: 12
Q: Why did you get involved with IIDA?
A: I initially became involved in IIDA because of the events — the annual PRIDE Awards in particular. I am always thrilled to see all of the talented designers in the Southwest come together to celebrate our accomplishments and creative contributions to society. I stay involved in IIDA because of the people. Their dedication to the advancement and
celebration of the Interior Design profession is rewarding and continually enriches my love of design.
Q: How important to the success of your business is your involvement with IIDA?
A: IIDA stands behind elevating the profession of Interior Design to the level it warrants — as our profession can impact the health, safety and well-being of the public. My commitment to the Interior Design profession, and IIDA, signifies my passion for design and the use of effective business practices — both of which will enhance the development of my career.
Q: What activities do you enjoy most as an IIDA member?
A: I most enjoy our philanthropic-based events which allow us to do what we do best while at the same time giving back to the community. Our newest philanthropic event, Connect4, is a weekend renovation event in all of our major City Centers — Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque and Las Vegas. In this event, designers remodel and enhance the interior space of a non-profit organization such as U.S. Vets in Phoenix. Events such as these showcase the dedication and huge hearts of our members — and make me proud to be a part of this organization.
Q: Was there an “aha moment” when you realized being in IIDA was invaluable?
A: By being involved in IIDA in different contexts — first as a student member, then as a professional member and now as a member of the Board of Directors — I’ve had many different “aha moments.” The one thing that rings true in all contexts of involvement is that the connections you make in IIDA throughout the years will eventually come “full circle.” You come to realize how small, yet substantial, the design community really is. Whether you need someone’s expert advice or someone who will be your advocate, it is through your involvement in IIDA that you can find “your people.”