Helen Diemer, Mike Barber & Pomme Lee Speaking at IALD Enlighten Americas 2023

Join Helen Diemer, Michael Barber and Pomme Lee, at the IALD Enlighten Americas! Register to attend and stop by their panel, “Don’t F-up! One Firm’s Take On Succession Planning”, taking place on Saturday, November 4 at 1:30pm.

Don’t F-up! One Firm’s Take On Succession Planning

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, was correct in his assessment that “change is the only constant in life”. As small business owners, creating the space and time needed to plan for the future can be challenging, but it is also imperative to the successful growth of a firm. This leadership-focused panel discussion will pull back the curtain revealing one firm’s experience navigating significant leadership, structural, and philosophical changes, including those that were planned and others that were unanticipated. Panelists, representing different perspectives and roles within the 30+-year-old firm, will share insights and lessons learned from a multi-year period spent navigating 43% firm growth, leadership transitions including the retirement of the founder, firm workflow restructuring, and geographic expansion.

  • Helen Diemer, FIALD, LEED AP, Principal, will speak to her experience leading a diverse, growing team through multiple downturns, ownership transitions, geographic expansions, and planning for leadership transition and identifying her successor.
  • Michael Barber, Assoc. IALD, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, will speak to growing up in the firm, his evolving leadership role, and his transition to becoming the next President/CEO while maintaining team satisfaction and a consistent client experience.
  • Pomme Lee, LEED AP, LC, Associate Principal, will speak about her experience joining the leadership team and taking on the role of Team Performance Captain, implementing team management, recruiting, hiring, and workflow changes, as well as what the future holds for the firm.
  • Darcy Veneziale, CPSM, Director of Marketing at KSS Architecture, will moderate the conversation.

During this open dialogue questions from the audience will be encouraged to shape the conversation, ensuring topics relevant to the attendees are addressed.




Michael Barber Associate IALD, LEED AP BD+C

Pomme Lee LEED AP
Associate Principal

Don’t F-up! One Firm’s Take On Succession Planning
November 4 | 1:30-2:30pm