Introducing our first Guest Blogger,  Florida Chapter President, Caroline Rogow!

We are happy to report that our first foray into our local student world, Palm Beach State College, was both delightful and successful.  Thanks to Susan Heller our VP,  EF and Community  Relations, for making this possible!  Susan, her Associate Kristen, a graduate of Palm Beach State College and  myself were afforded the opportunity to sit down in front of the first year Design Students at PB Sate.

IFDA students

 These are a particularly fortunate group of students; they have a dedicated Professor in Zenaida Espinosa who managed to steal precious time out of an overly loaded schedule to meet with us.  She ensures her students’ are afforded any/every opportunity she can muster.  We thank you Professor Espinosa.  Here they are; can you spot the Professor?

It was quite an honor to hang with this fresh-faced, eager group of young women; interestingly enough no gentlemen.  To say all were thrilled and hungry to hear about our philanthropic arm, our EF Foundation, is an understatement.   I’d reached out to our Chair of EF, Earline Feldman, and she prepared me with a mine of information!!  Thanks Earline.  We directed all to the EF website for current grant info: and provided them with Pamphlets Earline had armed us with.  We did stress to be aware of application deadlines; they were listening.  Additionally we shared our mission and vision statement and stressed our need to connect with tomorrow’s design professionals.  The fact that we’re local and anxious to mentor and share was really well received.

Thanks, Caroline, for being our very first guest blogger and  for sharing your visit to Palm Beach State College, and to Susan Heller and Kristen for making it so successful.  We gained a new Student Member as well! We will learn more about her in Member Spotlight very soon.

I encourage everyone to go to It is the EF (Educational Foundation) website.  I was blown away when I read about this amazing foundation.  There is so much to learn about our scholarship and grant program.  It is not only available to full time and part time students but also to those of us working in the field for special projects, furniture design, education and training and so much more.

The IFDA Educational Foundation’s mission is to foster educational and philanthropic activities to enhance the furnishings and design industries.

Any ideas and suggestions regarding our relationship with area design schools or  about our Educational Foundation would be greatly welcomed. Please click on “Make Comment” at the top and let us know your thoughts.