IRDC 2017 has all the ingredients for productive and enjoyable networking: an intimate setting, a fun and casual atmosphere, and talented, inspiring, influential colleagues with which to mingle. Here were just some of the networking opportunities that are included in the upcoming 2017 agenda in New Orleans.


IRDC Opening Reception / 2017 Designer Dozen Celebration

Co-Hosted by OPTO International Inc.
TUESDAY, September 5     5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Held at The Ritz-Carlton, this casual get-together is the perfect way to kick off this year’s IRDC event with speakers, Editorial Advisory Board members, and your friends, both old and new. Plus, this year we’ll honor our 2017 Designer Dozen Award winners at this opening soiree, co-hosted by OPTO International Inc.

Networking Continental Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, September 6      8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to Wednesday’s program line-up.

Networking Roundtable Lunch

WEDNESDAY, September 6      NOON – 1:30 PM

One of the most popular and anticipated features of the conference, the IRDC Networking Roundtables are hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors. Choose from the list of topics when you register for the conference, then bring your questions, ideas and insights to share with your tablemates over lunch.

Off-Site New Orleans Tours

WEDNESDAY, September 6    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Venture outside of The Ritz-Carlton to discover the eclectic vibe of this dynamic city. Watch for details on tour options.

IRDC Iron Merchant Challenge / Cocktail Reception

WEDNESDAY, September 6     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

We’ll wrap up Day One with IRDC’s hands-on, think-fast visual merchandising competition that’s a mash-up of performance art and design science. Team spirit and audience participation. Flexing of design muscles and clinking of cocktail glasses.  It’s a happy hour networking event too fun to be called a networking event, where teams of attendees are given a theme, a hodgepodge of materials, a secret ingredient and 60 minutes to conceive and create a winning display—with a few hundred fellow attendees looking on.  If you’re ready to show off your design skills, check the “participate” box when you register for IRDC.

Sponsor Case Study Breakfast

THURSDAY, September 7      8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to Thursday’s program line-up, as well as inspirational Sponsor Case Study presentations.

Networking Roundtable Lunch and VMSD Awards

Sponsored by LSI Graphic Solutions
THURSDAY, September 7      NOON – 1:30 PM

One of the most popular and anticipated features of the conference, the IRDC Networking Roundtables are hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors. Choose from the list of topics when you register for the conference, then bring your questions, ideas and insights to share with your tablemates over lunch. Plus, we’ll honor the winners of this year’s VMSD‘s International Visual Competition, Retail Renovation Competition, and the 2017 VMSD/Peter Glen Retailer of the Year Award, in addition to announcing the 2017 Iron Merchant Challenge winning team. A special thank you to our Awards Lunch sponsor, LSI Graphic Solutions.

IRDC Party

THURSDAY, September 7     6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LATROBE’S ON ROYAL
403 Royal Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
This year’s closing soiree takes place at one of New Orleans’ most treasured landmark buildings, conveniently located near The Ritz-Carlton in the heart of the enchanting French Quarter. It’s the perfect venue for meeting and mingling with friends, both old and new, while exploring the fascinating story behind Latrobe’s architectural history.
Networking Continental Breakfast

FRIDAY, September 8      8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to Friday’s program and closing session.