Video: Denise Korn

Youth Design: Rally for Change

Filmed on October 9, 2012, at “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference

About this video

Youth Design is a unique model for change, one based purely on the belief that every student with passion, talent and drive deserves the opportunity to transform their untapped creative potential into a college education and a promising career. Youth Design engages world-class design professionals, who share their skills and perspectives through sustained, one-on-one paid mentoring relationships with Youth Designers. Learn how Youth Design is changing lives and how you can get involved.

Speaker bio

Denise Korn is the Principal of Korn Design, a nationally recognized brand strategy and design firm with offices in Boston and New York. Korn has worked with a wide range of clients delivering groundbreaking strategic work for top-of-class developers, entrepreneurs, chefs and institutional leaders, providing expert consultation on an equally wide range of assignments in the categories of leading hospitality, restaurants and luxury goods. In 2003, Korn founded Youth Design, a nonprofit organization—one of the nation’s leading programs that focuses on addressing the critical socioeconomic needs of urban youth by teaching them highly marketable design skills, giving them access to committed professional mentors and supporting them along the path toward higher education by introducing them to viable career opportunities in the design industry. Youth Design is helping to shape the next generation of diverse design professionals through its robust workforce development and educational initiatives set in the context of design and promoting diversity in the creative economy. Korn graduated from Cornell University, where she received a B.F.A. in fine art and photography through the School of Architecture, Art and Planning. Korn served as co-president of the New England Creative Economy Initiative and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Boston chapter of AIGA Boston and the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA).