Laying the Foundation for Success: A Panel Discussion with Members of the NKBA Thirty Under 30 – NKBA



Laying the Foundation for Success: A Panel Discussion with Members of the NKBA Thirty Under 30


April 18, 2024 | 12:00 PM ET

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About this Episode

Originally featured at KBIS 2024, current and recent members of the NKBA Thirty Under 30 will share the biggest takeaways from their educational careers. The panelists will reflect on the assignments, activities, and opportunities that laid the foundation for their success as designers. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the live webinar.

Featured Presenter
Rebecca Sutton, CMKBD, CKBR

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management from Virginia Tech University. She earned her Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) accreditation in 2022 and currently holds specialty badges in Remodeling as well as Sales and Marketing. Rebecca was inducted into the prestigious NKBA “Thirty under 30” program in 2016. She also earned her Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) certification from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in 2022. Rebecca is a former NKBA Chapter Officer, former member of the NKBA Thirty Under 30 Selection Committee and a judge for the NKBA Student Design Competition in 2023.

Featured Presenter
Kiersten Reed, CKBD

As she neared graduation with a degree in Interior Design from Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, Kiersten Reed began to have doubts. So, she opted to explore furniture design programs, driven by her passion for creating functional pieces and her admiration for Frank Lloyd Wright’s comprehensive approach to design. But when given the opportunity to intern at a local kitchen and bath showroom, she quickly became intrigued by the industry. Now six years into her career, 28-year-old Kiersten has achieved the NKBA | KBIS CKBD certification and has been recognized as the youngest person in her company to become an assistant manager for a key department.

Featured Presenter
Devorah Werner, CKBD

As the Founder, Owner and Designer of Brooklyn, NY-based WERKI by D, LLC, a Kitchen Design Studio, Devorah Werner has positioned herself as an expert in designing kosher kitchens, especially when space is limited as it is in many New York City residences. Her skill set stems from both her comprehensive understanding of kosher cultural traditions and lifestyle and her studies in Residential Planning at The Art Institute.  

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