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Interior Design Coach and Consultant Develops First MBA Certificate Program

University professor and long-time interior design business coach and consultant David Shepherd has created an intensive 12-week Interior Design MBA program.

The next semester begins Jan. 23, and students can register and take the first three weeks free in order to fairly assess the value of the program.

Shepherd previously created the industry’s largest business skills conference, its largest national coaching network, and has worked as coach and consultant for designers ranging from sole practitioners to principals of 20-person firms.

“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of designers over the years, and it almost never fails that they are bright, creative people who have simply never had the business courses their complex business demands,” Shepherd said. “In fact, theirs is probably the most complex business to run I have ever seen, and yet most get no business education along the way.”

“I knew if I could reduce what they really need to know into a format that is convenient, accessible, and affordable, I could change many of their lives. These are the same skills that I have used to dramatically improve the profitability of my coaching and consulting clients, and now any designer can learn them in an intensive, 12-week format,” continued Shepherd.

Each week, students receive notification that new content has been added to their online dashboard at Students watch videos, complete exercises, take quizzes, participate in discussions, and join Shepherd for six live webinars during the semester-long course.

Students may work toward an Interior Design MBA Certificate and the rights to use the IDMBA letters and seal on their business cards and other promotional materials. Doing so will alert clients to the fact that they are dealing not only with a creative individual, but one who can deliver their project on time and on budget.

“We believe that over time, the IDMBA brand will become one like LEED or NCIDQ that many clients will look for and even demand. We’re excited to be building this brand and will do whatever it takes to make the experience a powerful one for our students,” Shepherd said.

Those interested in pursuing their Interior Design MBA Certificate can find out more and join an upcoming class free of charge at

If courses are already in progress, students can still join. All videos, webinars, etc., will be placed in the student’s dashboard as soon as they are complete. Students can also take the entire course at their own pace and without live interaction.

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