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Fireside Chats

Fireside Chat with Lynda Decker, Decker Design

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Lynda Decker, President and Creative Director, Decker Design. Lynda is a multidisciplinary designer whose work encompasses brand strategy and identity, interactive communication, publications, information graphics and design criticism. She talks with Bennie about being a small business owner, the joy and work that are part of running a business, and the support system a small business owner needs to succeed. 

Fireside Chat with Michael Beirut, Pentagram

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Michael Beirut, Partner at Pentagram, graphic designer, design critic, and educator. Join Bennie and Michael for a discussion about business, design, networking, and the value in truly collaborative work. 

Fireside Chat with Katrina Alcorn, IBM

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Katrina Alcorn, General Manager of Design at IBM. IBM’s 3,000+ designers create software, hardware, brand, and web experiences enjoyed by millions worldwide. Katrina’s team is also responsible for IBM’s enterprise design thinking practice which has trained close to 400,000 people inside and outside IBM and is considered the industry gold standard in driving innovation through human-centered design practices.

Fireside Chat with Mark Madrid, US Small Business Administration

Join us for a Fireside Chat from the 2022 AIGA Design Leadership and Advocacy Conference. AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson speaks to Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator for the US Small Business Administration, about how customer-centric design principles are enabling the SBA to better assist design small businesses start, grow, and scale.

Fireside Chat with Theresa Fitzgerald, Sesame Workshop

Join us in welcoming Theresa Fitzgerald, Vice President of Creative at Sesame Workshop. Theresa is vice president creative at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She leads the in-house Brand Creative Services team dedicated to the mission of helping kids grow stronger, smarter and kinder.

Fireside Chat with Randy Hunt, Designer

Join us in welcoming Randy J. Hunt, former Head of Design at Grab, where he led a team of designers, writers, engineers, and researchers who create Southeast Asia’s Super App.

Fireside Chat with Alex Center, CENTER

Join us in welcoming Alex Center, Owner of CENTER, a branding and design studio in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to opening his own studio, Alex worked for over a decade for The Coca-Cola Company where he led the strategy and design vision for the billion dollar beverage brands vitaminwater, smartwater and POWERADE. Over the years, Alex has designed packaging that has been in hands across the globe, created breakthrough marketing campaigns and launched innovative new products.

Fireside Chat with Art Taylor, BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with Art Taylor, President and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This Giving Tuesday Fireside Chat isn’t just about giving money; it’s about giving time, space, and recognition to those who are and have been systemically underrepresented in design. 

Fireside Chat with Judy Wert, Wert&Co

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson talks with today's leaders in design, business, and technology, focused around the topics of leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. Join us in welcoming Judy Wert, Co-Founder, Wert&Co Executive Search.

Fireside Chat with Robbie Tseng, HBO Max

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Robbie Tseng, Vice President, Growth Design at HBO Max about business and technology with a focus on leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. 

Fireside Chat with Mauro Porcini, PepsiCo

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Mauro Porcini, Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo about AIGA's Design POV research initiative and the value of design and the greater impact on our world. 

Fireside Chat with Frank Schulenburg, Wikipedia Foundation

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Frank Schulenburg, Executive Director of Wikipedia Education Foundation about AIGA's new Wiki Scholars program to expand and build more comprehensive design histories in Wikipedia.

Fireside Chat with Ravi Hampole, lululemon

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Ravi Hampole, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Creative at lululemon about how our world has changed, disruptions and expectations, and what design leadership looks like. 

Fireside Chat with Albert Shum, Microsoft

Albert Shum leads a collaborative team of designers, writers, and researchers creating the future of experiences and devices at Microsoft. His team currently drives incubation for the Windows ecosystem, focused on the responsibility of design to create intelligent and inclusive experiences.

Fireside Chat with Doug Powell, IBM

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Doug Powell, Vice President of Design at IBM about employee engagement, talent retention and development, and building a culture of design at a complex enterprise. 

Fireside Chat with Yocasta Lachapelle, COLLINS

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Yocasta Lachapelle, Director of Talent at COLLINS about employee engagement, leadership growth, and the value of building a culture.

Fireside Chat with Attica Jaques, Google

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Attica Jaques, Head of Global Brand Marketing, Google about finding your passion.

Fireside Chat with Scott Belsky, Adobe

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and EVP, Adobe about the business of design.

Fireside Chat with Tim Riley, Warby Parker

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson in conversation with Tim Riley, Sr. Director of Experience Design, Warby Parker about leadership in design.

Fireside Chat with Ben Williams, R/GA

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson and R/GA Global Chief Experience Officer Ben Williams for a conversation about leadership in design, how we build brand identity, and find design talent. 

Fireside Chat with Kayo Roehm, 3M

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson and 3M Design Officer Kayo Roehm shared thoughts about how data and design work together, the future of business and work, and the vision for how to lead teams.

Fireside Chat with Dantley Davis, Twitter

AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson and Twitter Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis discuss what it means to lead a team of designers, how we work together in a year of change, and why change is important.