An SEGD Conference Favorite, The President’s Reception and Auction for Excellence

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We are just one week away from the 2022 SEGD Conference Experience in Portland! This year a conference favorite is back, the President’s Reception and Auction for Excellence. The President’s Reception is SEGD’s traditional conference kick-off! Reconnect in-person with old friends, meet new and inspiring peers and lean into our new future together. Get a sneak peak of NEXPO and end the evening with a spirited auction to support SEGD education. Read on to learn more.


SEGD is incredibly excited to host this year’s conference experience in-person in Portland! Running June 16-18, this year’s conference will focus on the importance of community placemaking. Sessions and tours will explore themes of sustainability, inclusive design practices and experience design excellence. Of course, SEGD favorites such as Design Improv, the President’s Reception + Auction, and Young Designer Meetups and Mentor sessions are returning and “not to be missed”!


The President’s Reception is SEGD’s traditional conference kick-off! Mix and mingle with friends old and new while you explore the sneak peak of the NEXPO floor. Then attendees will hear from our SEGD President of the Board, Kathy Fry, as Fry welcomes everyone to the conference. 


Then the real fun begins at the Auction for Excellence! A preview of the auction and raffle items will be open all day at registration but here is where you can finally snag that item you’ve had your eyes on. From experiences to books and posters, the Auction for Excellence has something for everyone and you will be supporting a great cause, SEGD’s educational efforts!


Here are some top items to watch for this year, along with collectable art works and prints from Michael Gericke, Paula Scher, Wayne Hunt and others:


Auction Item 105: Rock Hall Maryland Deluxe Weekend Getaway

Donated by SEGD’s very own Cybelle Jones this is the Weekend Getaway of your Dreams!


This waterfront town on the Chesapeake Bay offers many ways to chill…. dine on local oysters, crabs and rockfish. Go sailing, fishing, biking or hiking. The family-friendly beach and nearby National Wildlife Refuge offer the breathing space you need.


This circa-1870 restored former meeting hall and general store will be your home for a week, where you can live out your dreams in the quiet countryside—or just get enough sleep for once. (Who are we to judge your dreams?)


Auction Item 114: VR Goggles, HTC Vive Pro 2

Donated by the SEGD Past Presidents this HTC Vive Pro 2 headset is a VR enthusiast’s dream! Be the first in your crew to don the sharpest desktop VR immersive experience for professionals, designers and gamers alike. Made for maximum comfort, with a 120 degree field of view and seamless visuals this is sure to be an excellent, fast, 5K spectacular immersive experience!


Raffle Item: Show Up Art Print from Lisa Congdon

Donated by one of this year’s keynote speakers this print is a perfect way to commemorate your time at the 2022 SEGD Conference Experience Portland!

Headlining the Conference is Portlander and internationally-renowned artist, illustrator and LGBTQ+ advocate Lisa Congdon! Leading a keynote conversation on “Living and Working from Your Values for Positive Impact,” Lisa will share some of her most powerful insights from reinventing herself in her thirties to self-care and honoring oneself and the role of artistic expression in healing.

Lisa’s donated item is an acid-free giclée print of “Show Up”, printed on lush matte art paper in Portland Oregon and with an integrated signature for authenticity. This print is 13’x19′.

These items are just scratching the surface of the amazing auction and raffle items we have this year! We are even auctioning off a free registration for SEGD’s 50th anniversary conference next year in Washington D.C.

Click here to view the full list of auction and raffle items.

Don’t forget this is an 100% in-person event. So register today and come to Portland to snag that special item!