Cultivating Diversity in Design & Technology
28

Wednesday, 28 June

6 8 pm CDT

GA Chicago Event Space

444 N. Wabash Avenue, Level B
Chicago, IL 60611
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

CDW logo
DesignTech logo

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Cultivating Diversity in Design & Technology

Shilpa Rao Photo


User Experience Design Immersive Lead Instructor, General Assembly

Carmen McDonald Photo


Sr. Product Designer (UX), CDW

Antonio García Photo


Design Strategist, Freelance Consultant

Jamila Parham Photo


IT Project Manager, Tech Space Diversity Inclusion Advocate

Toussaint Werner Photo


Founder & Senior Graphic Designer, Calumet Creative

28

Wednesday, 28 June

6 8 pm CDT

GA Chicago Event Space

444 N. Wabash Avenue, Level B
Chicago, IL 60611
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

CDW logo
DesignTech logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

Overview: Despite daily coverage of the lack of diversity in design, tech, and STEM fields, gender and racial gulfs have yet to narrow. We want to change that. So we’re partnering with the women of DesignTech, along with some of Chicago’s leading design and tech professionals, to find solutions to our industries’ inclusion issues.

What You’ll Take Away: We want you to leave the session with richer insight into what diversity means and how it impacts the future of design and technology. You’ll understand why a lack of diversity matters, and how you can take action to improve diversity at your own company. You’ll also leave with ways you can help create a more inclusive industry.

Why It Matters: Diversity is important. It’s something we know instinctively, but research backs it up. Studies show that creative solutions are a by-product of diverse experiences, perspectives and cultural backgrounds. Drawing from myriad points of view is how we build truly innovative ways to experience and interact with the world.

Agenda:

  • Check-in & Networking 5:30 - 6:15 pm
  • Panel 6:15 - 7:00 pm
  • Q&A and Networking 7:00 - 8:00 pm

About the Panelists

Shilpa Rao Photo

User Experience Design Immersive Lead Instructor,
General Assembly

Shilpa is a Senior innovation designer with experience and accomplishments in setting up and running UX research departments within small and large firms. A big-picture thinker with hands on experience leading and performing design research using ethnographic studies, she believes in applying her passion for design and empathy for user needs to create meaningful user experiences across multiple channels. She is also a classically trained architect and interior designer able to apply user-centered design principles to space design for retail, restaurants, and workspaces.

Carmen McDonald Photo

Sr. Product Designer (UX),
CDW

"Carm” has had a love affair with all things design as early as she could remember. Formally trained in Architecture, she transitioned into Web & Graphic Design and as her career progressed, she found herself immersed in Information Architecture and later User Experience Design. Active in Chicago's tech and design communities, she is Co-Founder of DesignTech, teaches UX Design courses part-time at General Assembly and offers UX mentoring at 1871.

Antonio García Photo

Design Strategist,
Freelance Consultant

Antonio García is AIGA Chicago’s new VP of Diversity & Inclusion. Over the last year and half he helped launch Northern Lab, Northern Trust’s internal innovation accelerator focused on experience design within financial services. Before that he led gravitytank’s interaction design discipline and social innovation practice. Prior to working in innovation, Antonio was strategic director of Firebelly Design. He holds a BFA in Advertising Design from the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD) and attended the Harvard Business School AIGA Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders Executive Education Program in 2007. Antonio teaches Visual Storytelling and Communication Design at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and previously taught Customer Discovery as part of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center Entrepreneurship Essentials. A frequent contributor to community conversations on the topics of diversity, culture and creativity, Antonio believes design’s sole function is to create change. 

Antonio’s side projects include DJing, illustration and an upcoming book on 8-bit and 16-bit video game iconography.

Jamila Parham Photo

IT Project Manager, Tech Space Diversity Inclusion Advocate

Jamila Parham is a diversity and inclusion champion in the Chicago Tech Community whose passion is advocating on behalf of underrepresented populations. From the South Side of Chicago, Jamila is an IT Project Manager at Chicago Transit Authority. She received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics and Motion Design and a Masters in Information Systems Project Management. Her focus is uplifting and providing opportunities for minorities and women by educating, breaking down barriers and providing access to resources; her mission is to show the world that there are positive and progressive role models from the south side of Chicago. One of Jamila’s biggest accomplishments is that she has helped changed the status quo and perception of what someone navigating a career in technology looks like. In 2016, she was featured as one of Verizon's 10 brilliant men and women breaking stereotypes in their professions and was featured by The Root as part of "The 10: These Black Women in Computer Science are Changing the Face of Tech". Jamila is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Glass Slipper Project, BlackGirlsCode and a Soroptimist Volunteer. Be sure to check out www.JamilaParham.com for more info!

Toussaint Werner Photo

Founder & Senior Graphic Designer,
Calumet Creative

Toussaint Werner is an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist whose design goals are to intersect consumer brands and community. As founder and principal of Calumet Creative design Agency, his creative direction has been highly sought by major brands and clients looking to fortify their brand through urban appeal. With more than 15 years of graphic design/illustration experience, Toussaint was recognized in 2010 as a “designer to look out for” by Creative Communications. Since that time, an urban influenced approach has garnered Toussaint critical acclaim and accolades including McDonald’s My Block Innovator Award (2014); 2016 Golden Trumpet in the category of online content – social media campaign.

Toussaint’s creative genius has defined campaigns for clients such as Chicago Police Department, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Nike, Obama Foundation, and the University of Chicago. www.calumetcreative.com

About Our Partners

CDW

CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multinational capabilities, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 8,600 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2017, the company generated net sales of over $14 billion. For more information about CDW, visit www.CDW.com.

DesignTech

DesignTech is an all-inclusive community that supports minority women who have a passion for design technology. The first of its kind in the Chicagoland area, “DTech” seeks to create a presence for black and Latina women in design and technical roles, champion cultural diversity and empower future generations to pursue digital design, technology and STEM work.

Refund Policy

We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

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