Market Authority lines up this designer, author and DEIB consultant as keynote speaker

HIGH POINT – The High Point Market Authority has lined up Jessica Bantom as its opening day keynote speaker for the October market.

The diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging practitioner, interior design consultant and author will make her presentation – Design for Identity: The Importance of Cultural Competence for the Design Profession – at 3-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, in the High Point Theatre.

During her High Point Market keynote address, Bantom also will present guiding principles from her trademarked Design for Identity Blueprint, devised for people who have been historically excluded from formalized interior design.

In her consulting practice, Bantom helps designers, design firms and design faculty evolve their creative process through cultural awareness. Having earned a master’s degree in interior design, Bantom also holds certifications in DEI, change management, design thinking, coaching and facilitation.

This event is produced by HPMA in partnership with the Diversity Advocacy Alliance.

“We are pleased to invite all interior designers and retailers to empower themselves and potentially reshape their business practices with the change management takeaways from this powerful presentation,” said Patti Carpenter, principal of Carpenter + Company and DAA committee chair.

The Saturday keynote event is open to all registered High Point Market attendees. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Additional keynote event details may be found online at

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