CEU Seminars

In addition to product launches and networking opportunities, NeoCon features a well-rounded educational program featuring close to 100 accredited seminars that are carefully curated by members of our Programming Advisory Committee. Read on to learn more about our seminars and FAQs.


CEU Seminar Descriptions and Speakers


Please click here to search seminars by Educational Track, Keyword, Speaker Name or Date. 

ICONS at NeoCon


LAUREN ROTTET, FAIA, FIIDA, NCARB, Founding Principal and President of Rottet Studio
Hospitality Comes to the Office [M106]
Monday, June 12 9:30  – 10:30 am
Lauren Rottet will discuss how office design is taking cues from the great hoteliers in designing comfortable, service-oriented workspaces for today's office worker, client, and guest. In this special presentation, attendees will discover how the best hoteliers and hotel designers fine-tune every aspect of the design--from the overall plan to the private space and social shared space--to suit the needs of the customer while simultaneously creating a fun, relaxed environment. Rottet will reveal the design process, which involves conceptualizing and storytelling to set the right tone and paying attention to the minute details of design down to the uniforms, music, and scents—all in order to create guest comfort and satisfaction. She will also share examples of a number of hotels she has designed such as The Surrey on NYC's Upper East Side (which has remained the No. 1 Hotel in New York City since she designed it 9 years ago), the St. Regis in Aspen, new properties recently completed for Four Seasons and underway with Conrad Hilton, and her work with award-winning Viking Cruises.  Attendees will walk away knowing how to captivate the employee and client from the moment they walk in the door--providing all their functional needs whilst making them feel welcome, comfortable, and special, and servicing them beyond what they have experienced in the corporate environment. [Intermediate] [HOSP] [OF]

CAROL ROSS BARNEY, FAIA, Founder and President of Ross Barney Architects
Livable Cities: The Role Urban Design and Architecture Play [T206]
Tuesday, June 13 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM
The elements that stitch a city together: schools, cultural institutions, public transportation, public spaces are what brings value to dense urban living. In this seminar, attendees will learn about the livability of cities through the design of essential infrastructure.  The audience will discover how urban rivers, ports and industrial spines can become economic, social, and environmental engines. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the importance of urban density as a key to a sustainable future in the cities in which people live and play. [Intermediate] [GR] [PS] [HSW]

CHERYL DURST, Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA
SUZANNE TICK, Founder of Suzanne Tick Inc.
Designing for the 50 Percent; Hospitality for the Savvy Traveling Woman [T213] 
Tuesday, June 13 | 11 AM – NOON
Women are earning more, spending more and influencing all levels of the travel industry. This panel will focus on hospitality design for the 50 percent of the population that’s in charge of 80 percent of the travel decisions made today. Attendees will encounter examples of successful and creative solutions to items that are often overlooked, while learning how to design universal spaces that speak to this growing trend in the industry.  Topics will include design trends sought out by female travelers; unique solutions for hospitality design relating to various demographics; universal design considerations; and important technological advances. [Intermediate][HOSP][HSW]
Meg Prendergast, principal, The Gettys Group, Chicago, IL
Mari Balestrazzi, vice president of design, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, IL

1871 - Lessons Learned Building the Largest Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the US [W300]
Wednesday, June 14 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM
This unique program offers attendees an up-close and personal presentation from a renowned expert in the arena of high tech start-ups.  Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, along with Barbara Pollack of Barbara S. Pollack & Associates, will discuss the lessons learned from designing and building the expansion phases of 1871, which has made it the largest startup incubator in the United States.  With an initial open office concept, now expanded to more than 150,000 square feet, and with over 2,000 entrepreneurs visiting the space daily, learn how they navigated the design challenges of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Tullman is the founder of more than a dozen high-tech companies and advisor to Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel, as well as dozens of innovative startup organizations and government entities.[Basic] [OF] [FT]
Barbara Pollack of Barbara S. Pollack & Associates

CEU Information


All 60-minute seminars are in the review process for continuing education credit. To receive credit for the seminar you attend, pick up the CEU, LU or materials from the Door Monitor who is located at the seminar room. Below are the various certifications and procedures for industry experts. Be sure you pick up the correct paper work for your profession.

Interior Designers

Learn and earn 0.1 CEU for each NeoCon seminar that you attend. All NeoCon® 2017, one-hour seminars are being processed by IDCEC (ASID, IDC and IIDA) for CEU credit. CEU cards and instructions are available on-site at each seminar room.


Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is an “AIA Registered Provider.” Each of the NeoCon® 2017 one-hour seminars are being processed and upon approval result in 1 Learning Unit (LU) . Most seminars will meet Health, Safety and Welfare guidelines and can be identified by the [HSW] acronym in the seminar description. Conference Attendance Forms are available on-site at each seminar room.

LEED Professionals

Many seminars under the Green Design [GR] Educational Track may qualify for GBCI Hours towards the LEED Credential Maintenance Program. Proof of attendance will be provided on-site for attendees to self report.

Lighting Designers

All lighting programs presented under the Light [LT] Educational Track will be registered with NCQLP for LEU Credit for the Lighting Certified (LC) professional. One LEU is assigned for each 60 minute lighting program you attend. Certificates are available on-site at each seminar room.

Healthcare Designers

Seminars under the Healthcare (HC) Educational Track are under consideration for EDAC CEU credit. Upon approval, the EDAC CEU form for seminars will be available at each seminar room from the Door Monitor.

Seminar sessions

All NeoCon seminar sessions:
Length:  60 minutes
Accredited for:
0.1 CEU - Designers
1 LU - Architects
1 LEU - Lighting Designers

Rated by three skill levels:


Educational Tracks


Rated by three skill levels:


Educational Tracks

Dealer Strategies [DS]
Facilities Construction/Renovation [FC/R]
Facilities Management [FM]
Facilities Technologies [FT]
Green Design [GR]
Health Care Design [HC]
Health, Safety & Welfare [HSW]
Hospitality Design [HOSP]
Institutional Design [INST]
Lighting Design [LT]
Office Design [OF] - Sponsored by Formica
Professional Development [PD]
Public Space [PS]
Residential Design [RES]
Retail [RET]
Senior Housing [SH]

Fee Structure


One-hour CEU Seminar

$60 each online by June 9
$70 each onsite 


Free. Thanks to our generous sponsors: Thrive Global, Humanscale, Aspecta by Metroflor and OFS Brands.

Association Events, Tours and Workshops

Fees vary


Is there a fee to attend a seminar?


Yes, all seminars are $60 each if you pre-register before Friday, June 9. After June 9 you must register for all seminars on-site, subject to availability, at a fee of $70 each. Association Events, Tours and Workshops vary in fees.

Can I get continuing education credits for attending seminars?


Yes, MMPI submits all 60-minute seminars for continuing education accreditation. To receive credit for sessions you attend, pick up a CEU or LU card from the door monitor located at each seminar room. Read and follow the instructions on each card to report the sessions you attended. Be sure you pick up the correct paperwork for your profession. 

Can I get continuing education credits for attending a keynote?


Keynotes are not pre-approved for CEU credit, however, attendees may self report to their respective industry association(s). Attendees would need to retain a copy of their registration, as proof of attendance, as well as a description of the presentation (found in the official show directory, produced by Interior Design magazine.)

How do I register for seminars?


Click 'Register' on the top right side of the NeoCon web page. This button will take you to the registration site where a listing of seminar titles and session codes can be chosen to add to your shopping cart. 

  • Select the seminar(s) that you would like to attend
  • Further instructions will be provided to complete your registration.
  • Upon completing registration a barcode will be provided.
  • Print the barcode and bring it to the show to receive your name badge on-site.

Your name badge will include the session codes, room locations, date and time of the seminars that you have registered to attend. This will serve as confirmation for admission to the seminar.

How do I find the location for the seminars, exhibitors and other events?


Locations will be listed in the official NeoCon Show Directory produced by Interior Design Magazine. Additionally, the session room location will be indicated on your show badge. Show directories will be available at numerous locations on-site at the show including the registration area and the elevator banks.

Can I cancel my program if I cannot attend?


Yes, cancellations will be refunded in full if received in writing by June 2. Refunds will not be given after June 2 or on-site. Sessions are not transferable between attendees. All cancellation requests should be emailed to Wendy Confrey at wconfrey@themart.com

If I register for a seminar or keynote, do I have to register separately for the trade show floor?


No, your seminar registration badge will provide access to the show rooms and trade floors.

Program Advisory Committee

Ely Alaniz, IIDA, ASAE Director of Continuing Education International Interior Design Association Chicago, IL
Dr. Sally Augustin Principal Design With Science La Grange Park, IL
Matthew DeGeeter, ASID Vice President, Education and Engagement American Society of Interior Designers Washington, DC
Cheryl Duvall, IIDA President Avance LLC Annapolis, MD
Zurich Esposito, AIA Executive Vice President AIA Chicago Chicago, IL
Paul LaBrant, IIDA Associate Principal STG Design Austin, TX
Dennis McNabb, FASID Interior Designer Dennis McNabb, LLC Houston, TX
Phyllis Moore, FASID, NCIDQ, NACOA Owner, Principal Interior Design Source, LLC Decatur, AL
Avraham Mor, CLD, IALD, IES Partner Lightswitch Architectural Chicago, IL
Ricardo Navarro, IDEC, NCIDQ Professor of Interior Design Savannah College of Art & Design Savannah, GA
Mary Helen Pratte, FIIDA Principal Studio Works Austin, TX
Patrick James Schmidt, FASID, NCIDQ Senior Interior Designer J. Baker Interiors, LLC Carmel, IN
Susan Suhar-Phillips, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP Interior Design Director HDR Pasadena, CA
Mary Ann Thorman, NEWH, IDEC, CIDC, Allied ASID Academic Program Coordinator, Interior Design The Art Institute of Colorado Denver, CO
Marsha Turner, IALD CEO International Association of Lighting Designers Chicago, IL