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Need to jump-start your career? Have you thought about launching a business? Are you
interested in making a positive difference in your community? Attend this panel
discussion to hear success stories from Cleveland and around the world, delving
into how individuals and teams are creating their own futures in challenging
6:00-7:00 p.m. Check-in and networking7:00-9:00 p.m. Panel discussion and Q&A
We’ll start by looking at examples of people who have
managed, against all odds, to create career and business opportunities for
themselves. After learning about designers and entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded,
a moderated discussion will explore why and how the lessons can be applied to
anyone with the desire to create his or her own future in challenging times.
Victoria Avi earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from
the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and her Graphic Design
undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University. Her experience as a
Network Entrepreneur at Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) allowed her to
explore biomimicry (a design principle) and zero waste implementation within
organizations. At E4S she created connections among business leaders in
ZeroWasteNEO and BiomimicryNEO networks to engage them to take their first, next
and bold steps.
Fred Collopy, Ph.D., is Professor
and Chair of Information Systems and Professor of Cognitive Sciences at Case
Western Reserve University. He has done research on forecasting, the perception
of time by computer users, the impact of competitor information on
decision-making, and the application of design ideas to management. He has
consulted in the areas of information systems, business forecasting and telecommunications modeling for organizations including Cleveland Public Schools, Ford Motor Company, IBM, the National Urban League, Sealy, the State of Massachusetts, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and WCPN—Cleveland Public Radio.
Cheryl Heller is Chair of the MFA Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the founder of Heller Communication Design and Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change. As a pioneering communication designer and business strategist, she has led transformational initiatives at American Express, L’Oreal, the National Audubon Society, Reebok, Sappi, Seventh Generation and the World Wildlife Fund. Her work in design, advertising, branding, marketing and writing have given her experience and perspective on every aspect of social innovation for the corporate world, non-profits and foundations.
Julie Engel Manga, Ph.D., has been a coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer for over 25 years, focusing on helping leaders be resourceful and grounded while navigating the fast, dynamic and challenging circumstances of their work and personal lives. Julie is on the faculty of the MFA Design for Social innovation program at the School of Visual Arts and at New Ventures West, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship where she leads classes for corporate managers and executives on organizational change. She has authored several studies and articles based on her research in corporate citizenship.
Gregor Barnum has served as the
Director of Operations/Business Development for o.s.Earth, Inc. a consulting
firm that used the concepts of R. Buckminister Fuller to help Fortune 500
companies design business “to do more with less.” He worked for eight years as
Director of Corporate Consciousness at Seventh Generation, Inc., where his work
focused on integrating sustainability, systems thinking and innovation into the
company. He has been studying with Otto Scharmer at the MIT Sloan School of
Management on Theory-U innovation methodologies for the last 4 years.
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This panel discussion is the first event in AIGA’s new
“Social Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship for Designers” program.
The design profession, like nearly all others, is in
transition. As businesses and institutions address the need to transform and adapt
to changing dynamics, design must remain relevant to the new (lack of) order.
Designers need to have a respected voice in the conversations that will shape
the future, and be among the leaders gathering to realize it.
AIGA’s Social Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
program is a learning initiative designed to address this need. It will augment
professional designers’ skills through exposure and insider insights into the
best practices in social innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and change
Attend a Thursday evening panel discussion to be inspired by others’ successes in cities
like Cleveland, then work with designers and business entrepreneurs in
an all-day workshop Friday to identify shared opportunities and how to work
together to realize them.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
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