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Austin Design Week

Celebrate Austin design through a week of workshops, talks, studio tours, and events this November as the city celebrates its creative economy in the fourth annual Austin Design Week. We’re inviting the community to propose and showcase the best in visual, interactive, product, industrial, architectural and civic design. The introduction of Design Week provides the opportunity to bring together the Austin design community like never before. From the spaces we’re inspired by, to the images that leap from the page, the products we use daily and the way we interact with them, Austin is pushing the boundaries of design. Explore the cutting edge work being done through some of the city’s most innovative creators.

Meet The Founders

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Sustainabiliy Lead

Robert is a Service & Interaction Designer at the global design consultancy Fjord, where he helps the digital services of multinational enterprise clients become more human-centered, profitable, and sustainable. He has proudly attended Austin Design Week since its inception, and is optimistic about the ability of design to solve pressing problems like environmental protection, transportation, and personal wellness. He enjoys bicycling, camping, and thunderstorms, but not all at once. Learn the benefits of reducing car trips in your life at his workshop this year, “Roads are for...


Junior Account Strategist, Praytell

Isaac is a Junior Account Strategist with experience in public relations across tech, finance, food and beverage brands. His passion for creating and implementing stories for his clients has led him to place these narratives in Elite Daily, USA Today, Forbes and more. He’s excited to work with Austin Design Week to help further their mission and introduce ADW to new audiences.

Isaac lives in Chicago but enjoys all things Austin (especially the breakfast tacos).


Senior Director, Account Strategy, Praytell

Erika Morgan is a Senior Director with 10+ years of experience in public relations across tech, finance, healthcare, and consumer brands. With an innate passion for storytelling, she leads campaigns that speak to the essence of brands. One of her favorite hobbies is decorating and design and she is thrilled to help spread the word about Austin Design Week.

Erika lives in East Austin with her husband and two dachshunds Sophie and Penny.


Integrated Strategy Supervisor, Praytell

Katie Kahler is an Integrated Brand Strategist with 7+ years of experience building social/digital campaigns, influencer networks, and real time activations across verticals including CPG, Fin Serv, Tech, and B2B. Her love of the ATX creative scene lead her to Austin Design Week and she is excited to explore new ways to bring these events to a larger audience.

She loves the internet, Micheladas, and long hikes with her dog, Gaspode.


Account Strategist, Praytell

Marisa is a PR strategist, specializing in media relations and brand storytelling. In her current role at Praytell, she works closely with national media to curate meaningful coverage, landing pieces for clients in publications like the New York Times and Huffington Post. She’s excited to be working with Austin Design Week to continue exploring the role between media and brands to find new ways to expand brand dialogue among consumers.


With a background in web development and design, Britney Jo has worked as a Front End Developer, Web Dev Instructor, Freelance Designer and, most recently, landed in Creative Recruiting with Mathys+Potestio. Whether it’s teaching others to bring their ideas online by learning to code or finding badass talent and placing them with brilliant companies, her passion lies in helping other people find theirs.


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Hannah Sager currently works at SXSW as a Programming Assistant. In her role she runs Place by Design, a pitch competition aimed at showcasing innovative and invigorating design in the public sphere. These projects highlight the best and the brightest architectural designs in the world, shining a light on how designers can solve social issues.

Previously Hannah worked at AMD and PepsiCo, where she came up with sales marketing strategies to help humanize large brands while increasing their ROI. In her spare time, you can find her snapping photos, dancing at concerts or cheering way...

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Kelsey is an event producer with a passion for enhancing the creative community. Her favorite events create conversations focused on new ideas, community, and empowerment for individuals and organizations. Kelsey is a Texas native who fell in love with Austin after attending UT. After a 5 year stint in Chicago where she did her graduate studies at Columbia College Chicago and worked in the entrepreneurial community, she is back in Austin working as a marketing and events manager for Upland Software. She is also the proud owner of a retired pet model, Cooper, the chocolate lab. Photos...

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Head of Design A Thon

Nick Hahn is Design Manager and Design Thinking evangelist at IBM. He and his team craft enterprise scale experiences for IBM Cloud. He’s a nearly 20 year veteran of user centered design and visual storytelling. He’s gained a deep understanding of how technology is used in both B2B and B2C worlds, by overseeing the design of technology products and services projects for companies big to small (Fortune 100 to scrappy startups).

Beyond IBM, Nick also runs Austin Spark League - a design education program for teens run through summer camps, weekend long Design-a-thons, and an upcoming...


Kaley is a UX designer, strategist, and educator based in Austin, TX. Prior to working as a designer, she spent a decade in the education space both locally and internationally, embedded in communities around the world. Kaley believes that the true power of design lies in its ability to bring people together and empower community problem solving.

While not quoting to podcasts or taking on new hobbies, Kaley likes to volunteer with some of her favorite organizations – Creative Mornings, AIGA Changemakers, and, of course, Austin Design Week!


Celina Zisman co-founded Dug Fresh Productions in 2015 as a resource for the creative community in Austin and beyond. Having both grown up in family-run businesses, their commitment and work ethic developed into an instinct for entrepreneurship.

Working alongside makers, musicians, and solopreneurs, DFP acts as a guide for crafting professional practices. DFP offers one-on-one consulting, workshops, event planning, and organizational tools which empower artists across disciplines with the information to establish, grow, and maintain their businesses.

Celina received her BFA in...

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Hillary Neumann is a native Texan, but a newly-minted Austinite with a background in corporate event planning. With a passion for details, she specializes in providing customized and unique event experiences. From board meetings to international incentive trips – there is no event too large or small. When Hillary isn’t working on an event (or five) you can find her trying a new workout class or roaming around a National Park.


As a Vice President at JDI, Rebecca is focused on creative services: from copywriting to graphic design and code, from photography to film and audio production.

She has spent over a decade as both a verbal and a visual communicator, helping companies large and small craft a narrative that speaks volumes. She's a marketer by trade, and an artist at heart. The majority of her experience lies in emerging consumer technology, with a focus on sports, entertainment, health and social impact.

Rebecca's left brain and right brain are in constant dialogue. She's a recovering business...


Briana is passionate about creating community and empowering brands to make a meaningful impact. She​​ is currently the Lead Marketing Producer at General Assembly​ and the founder of Be Fox Marketing with over seven years of experience ​spanning ​brand ​strategy, client services, event management​ and digital marketing. She recently found a new home at General Assembly Austin where she is leading community engagement, event marketing, and short-form classes and workshops.​ ​​

​Previously she worked on the agency side on accounts such as Walmart, ​Cargill Foods​,​​ ​LS Tractor, and...


Ruby is currently the Director at Austin Center for Design. Most recently, she was the VP of Product at Aunt Bertha, a search and referral platform for social services, where she helped grow the company from 4 to 40 people. She also co-founded HourSchool, an education platform where anyone can take or teach a class. In the past 10 years, Ruby took on numerous roles in interaction design, software development, and product management. She is most passionate about working at start-ups, where she gets to drive initial concepts all the way to market launches and into the users’ hands. She has...


Kati Presley is a User Experience Designer coming from a diverse professional background that blends together journalism, graphic design, personnel management and strategic planning. She now heads up client design discovery, product architecture and feature definition while directing the UX team at Rocksauce Studios. Kati is a co-founder and owner of the Austin-based themed trivia company Get It Gals. She also has a pretty cute family and likes hanging out with them.


Taylor has a passion for communication design through the power of data and over 5 years working in the technology industry. Her day job is in database technologies where she partners with customers to improve their relationship with data and build cutting edge applications. Outside of technology, she can be found in the kitchen crafting a new recipe for her upcoming food book-‘Do I Even Cook’, in West TX exploring the desert, or on an ATX trail with her pup, Kafka.

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Social Media Specialist, Lifesize

Erinn was born and raised in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL, but has called Austin, TX home since graduating from the University of Florida as a double Gator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Italian Studies and her Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Social Media.

While in school, she learned the ins and outs of social media and communications and had the opportunity to work with several startups along the way. She currently works full time as the Social Media Specialist for Lifesize doing all things social media and content creation and is...

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Owner, Mark Odom Studio

Mark moved to Austin from in 2004 creating Mark Odom Studio, an award winning studio revolving around like-minded individuals producing both residential, commercial, & public art projects throughout the Texas region. Prior to m(ødm), Mark worked in Dallas, San Diego, and Hawaii on various urban infll, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use high rise developments with a primary focus on context and site-appropriate design. Mark has fifteen + years of experience in the architecture and construction industry and focuses the studio on collaborative efforts in quality design, material investigation,...

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Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin

Kerry O'Connor is Austin's Chief Innovation Officer. She joined the City of Austin on March 24, 2014. Previously, Kerry worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she established an innovation unit called the Research and Design Center in the Office of the Secretary of State, which offers research, consulting, brainstorming facilitation, and strategic design services. She developed and managed an employee idea generation program, helped architect sustainable management reforms, coordinated logistics for the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, served as an executive staffer, and improved programs and...


Director of User Experience, Magento

Guliz Sicotte is the Director of User Experience for Magento, an Adobe Company. In this role, Guliz oversees the UX design, research and documentation for Commerce Cloud, Order Management, Business Intelligence, and Marketplace products. She joined Magento from Volusion, where she lead the UX design for commerce platforms and built a successful design and marketing services division. Prior to spending a decade designing experiences in commerce, Guliz has held several roles in agencies designing marketing experiences for enterprise software companies. She is passionate about Design Thinking...


Landscape Architect Designer, TBG Partners

Francisco J Rosales is a Landscape Architect Designer at TBG Partners. He was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and at 14, moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Rosales graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about sustainable and low-impact development in combination with community involvement and has worked on an array of projects ranging from small scale mixed-use to large scale multi-family spaces. Along with design, Francisco's creative pursuits also include visual art through the collage medium and being a...


Jason Wilkins is a designer and educator. For nearly seven years he helped lead a wide range of design projects across strategy, branding, communications, and the built environment at Page/Dyal (formerly Dyal and Partners). Much of he and his colleague’s work has been for Austin institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School, KUT/KUTX, People’s Community Clinic, Texas Appleseed, and The Holdsworth Center.

His enthusiasm in designing for cause-based organizations sent him on a path to co-found his own in the fall of 2018. Curb (...


Executive Director, Design Institute of Health at University of Texas at Austin

Stacey Chang is a designer, an unintentional academic, and an unapologetic ringleader for new creative solutions to age-old dilemmas in health. Until 2014, Stacey was the Managing Director of the Healthcare practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. He left to found the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin, a first-of-its-kind institution, dedicated to applying design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges as an integrated part of an operating health system and a medical education and training program. As Executive Director of the...

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Director, Austin Community College Fashion Incubator

Nina Means is an alumna of the International Fashion Design program at FIT and has designed for Rebecca Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, and H by Halston for QVC. In 2016, Nina started her namesake label,

Nina Means, sold in specialty stores and online. As Director of the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, she is developing a real-to-industry experience that provides students and fashion startups with the necessary educational experience and technology exposure to work efficiently in the fashion industry. The program also provides emerging fashion businesses the product...


Richelle seeks opportunities to shape the future of our city, strengthen community, and exchange ideas and perspectives to inspire growth. Outside of events, she has a passion for real estate development and interior design. In addition to recently remodeling an East Austin home she is currently converting a shed structure in her back yard into a tiny house guest suite where she can't wait to host family and friends and showcase the parts of Austin she adores.


Isabella is enthusiastic about exploring uncharted territory, whether it be on foot or within industry. A BA in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin paired with an eclectic mix of marketing experience has culminated in a holistic outlook that emphasizes meaningful relationship building, impactful storytelling, and thoughtful design. Her time spent working abroad at Edelman Barcelona, supporting the Global Sponsorship team at South by Southwest, and overseeing brand strategy and new product development at Ruta Maya Coffee brings a deep appreciation for culture in all its...


Katy Stover is a Principal at HighFive Partners, a specialized search firm at the intersection of education, technology, and information. Prior to her time at HighFive, she was an Engagement Manager on General Assembly's Enterprise team where she worked with several fortune 500 companies, including Booz Allen, Bloomberg, Capital One, and Disney, to attract, retain, and reskill talent through large scale training initiatives. Before that, she was the local Partnerships Lead at GA, where she identified opportunities to grow and cultivate General Assembly's network throughout Austin. Prior to...

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Eleni Gesch-Karamanlidis is a consultant who helps people in organizations communicate and collaborate better as they tackle large-scale innovation. Previously, she was a conversation designer in the City of Austin's Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellowship, where she helped diverse groups work through their competing needs. She's also a communication researcher studying ways to better manage difficult conversations within and across organizations. In her free time, she coaches kids' rowing.

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Rose is a published, award-winning designer who, in her current role, serves as a Senior Design Manager at IBM. While at IBM, Rose has led and delivered design efforts tied to key offerings like Cloud Automation Manager, E-Discovery, Enterprise Content Management Solutions as well as other Analytics offerings. In her new role in the IBM Watson Cloud Platform she leads design for the Discover and Buy and Getting to Production squads. She was a professor for over 14 years and brings 20+ years of creative strategy to contribute expertise in design critique and professional development to her...


Ben Guhin is the Senior Advisor for Design & Technology at the City of Austin, where he founded the Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows program and launched its new Office of Design & Delivery, establishing Austin as a leader in design and technology in local government.

Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow for Design and Technology at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he helped build one of the largest in-house design and technology teams in the federal government. He started his career as an interaction designer at the global digital agency...

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Amanda works as a Content Designer at IBM. Her current work obsessions: instructional design and information architecture. Her current personal obsessions: Janelle Monáe and Twitter.

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Program and Communication Manager, Capital City Innovation

Victoria O’Dell is Program and Communication Manager of Capital City Innovation. In her role, she brings together diverse stakeholders to recognize the potential we have to transform the way we approach health in Austin and beyond. She believes residents, businesses, and government can work together to design resilient communities.

Previously she was an independent designer working with non-profits, small businesses and startups to create websites, applications, and graphics. Texas born and raised, she earned her B.F.A from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

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Prior to founding argodesign with his longtime colleague, Mark was the Chief Creative Officer of frogdesign, responsible for the creative direction of one of the most successful product design firms in the world. He joined frog in 1994 and co-founded the software design group, quickly establishing it as the largest part of frog's business and major force in its growth. Since then, he has continued to produce groundbreaking work for Fortune 500 clients, and guided the transformation of frog into a modern strategic design organization and one of the largest and most respected design...

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Beau Frail, AIA, is the Principal Architect of Activate Architecture, a design firm based in Austin TX, that collaborates with communities, cities and clients to create socially engaged, sustainable, and beautiful spaces. Beau has managed multiple complex adaptive-reuse projects in downtown urban cores, led public interest design charrettes and developed outreach programs with the City of Austin promoting affordable housing. Beau serves on the Texas Society of Architects’ Board of Directors and on the AIA National Associates Committee as the Regional Associate Director for Texas. Beau’s...

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Nat Wittstruck is Creative Director at GPJ Experience Marketing where his team concepts and designs over 175 annual events across North America. As executing large-scale experiences requires the diverse talents and interlocking efforts, Nat orchestrates a creative collective of designers, builders, doers, dreamers, makers, developers and artists to combine into massive moments of impact and engagement. He continues a decade of designing experiences for clients such as IBM, Spotify, Time, Google, Bravo, Charity Water and Fox. Returning to Austin in 2015, after cutting his teeth in NYC, Nat...

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With more than 12 years of experience, Bart Kibbe brings a solid background in branding and identity design, art direction, visual design, and print production.

Bart started his career at Central Austin Management Group, designing for local household brands such as Uchi, Ace Tailors and The Belmont. From there he transitioned his love for art and design to the nonprofit world and worked in-house for Austin Museum of Art (now, The Contemporary) producing the look & feel, collateral materials, and print and digital advertising for ‘La Dolce Vita,’ its signature annual fundraising...

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I've been in the industry since 2007 and taught myself design and front end development back before code camps and Google Chrome were a thing — back when we all had the title “web designer”. Nowadays, I spend my time leading and mentoring designers of all ages and abilities.

As a design leader I work directly with product leadership at every level: product managers, development managers, and c-suite executives. I build and manage those relationships and work with leadership to strategize and drive the product roadmap. I work with my design teams to deliver excellent user experiences...

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My name is Adrian Armstrong and I am an artist from Omaha, NE now living and working in Austin, TX. I graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2014 with a BFA in Fine Arts. I consider myself a “creative” of all kinds often working in painting, drawing, graphic design, set design, sculpture, and more. I am also the co-founder of Brown State of Mind, a creative agency and lifestyle brand dedicated to the advancement of creatives of colors and their ideas.

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Design Director, thoughtbot

Sameera is a designer and educator living in Austin, TX, originally from the Dutch island of Curaçao. She is currently a Design Director at thoughtbot. She writes and speaks about Responsive Web Design, Diversity and Inclusion in Tech, and design research and process on her blog and on The Pastry Box Project (2015, 2018). She shares her thoughts on the web in the documentary, What Comes Next Is The Future and formerly wrote a monthly column for net magazine print and online. She makes playlists and travels a lot. She also cooks and dines out and photographs it all.

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Ilse Frank, PLA, ASLA, Assoc. AIA, has fifteen years of experience working and teaching in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, and planning. Falling in love with cities while traveling in the UTSOA’s Study In Italy and Europe Program as an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, combined with a formative Professional Residency Program experience at West 8 in Rotterdam led her to pursue two master degrees. While a graduate student at PennDesign, Ilse and three of her classmates won the first prize in the Andrés Bello Foundation’s...

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Nick is a futurist, technology evangelist, and Design Thinking expert, who has been at the forefront of where education, design and engineering meet to solve real world problems. Having previously founded his own startups, he’s now the Design Lead for an enterprise software team at IBM Design, where he helps build next generation experiences and evangelize IBM Design Thinking throughout IBM.

He also loves to share his what he has learned with others and 3 years ago launched...

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Jess Pendleton is a digital designer, marketer, and coach. She works with female entrepreneurs who want to feel empowered in their business and brand through coaching, consulting, and design.

See Jess’ work and learn more about her at jesspendleton.com. Connect on Twitter: @jesscp


Design Lead, IBM

17 years in the game and for damn sure things have changed. Started doing graffiti, stumbled, fought and learned valuable lessons along the way to being a Design Lead at IBM (wtf, I know right?). I design experiences that connect humans to the world around them, live art, love reggae, believer of tacos being part of the food pyramid, and couldn’t live without my crazy life. “…Cock your hat - angles are attitude.” - Frank Sinatra

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Cat has lived around the world working as a freelance designer, strategist, and community developer. Cat most recently moved from Denver, Co to Austin, TX via an opportunity with IBM Design. She is enjoying the music and the natural waterscapes Austin has to offer. Cat is also serving the local AIGA Austin chapter and is a past board member of AIGA Colorado.


Sr. Design Manager, IBM

Haidy Francis has been designing for over 13 years with a focus in Enterprise Product Design. She is currently the Sr. Design Manager at IBM in the Cyber Security division. She was previously at Dun & Bradstreet as their Global User Experience Director. She moved Austin a little over 5 years ago from Houston where she earned her degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Houston.

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Dario is a Product Designer from California, with experience in UX, print, packaging, fashion, film and digital design. Dario passionately supports ideas and products that have a positive impact in the world.

He loves building community engagement and ventures part of his time as an event organizer for several local design groups.

A connector of people and resources, Dario always brings the foresight of strategy, methodology, and system-thinking into his problem solving work.

When he is not designing, you can find him practicing yoga, running or biking outdoors, and...


Nakware is a graphic designer at AffiniPay in Austin. A graduate of DePaul University Nakware got his start at an agency specializing in franchises, where he worked with national brands such as Checkers, MooYah Burgers, and Huddle House. He also served as Creative Director for the company's first inaugural thought leadership magazine. Currently at AffiniPay, he works on the creative team with his primary focus on shaping the brand identity of one of Austin's biggest brightest FinTech companies.

In his spare time you'll probably find Nakware exploring new creative avenues beyond...

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Brianna Penney coordinates and supports the Volunteers who make Austin Design Week possible. She is passionate about using design to impact her community and is the Changemaker Chair of AIGA Austin. Brianna works as an experience designer at USAA in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and catching the latest movie.

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Kim Hopson is a studio artist, art educator, and community arts advocate based in Austin, Texas. She is the curator for the Giving Voice Poster Exhibition through AIGA Austin's partnership with VSA Texas. When not creating amazing art opportunities, she can be found around town in her art car, Punk Rock Lucky Kitty. You can follow her art pursuits at http://www.housekittenstudio.com/.

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Account Director, Resplendent Hospitality

Stef Shapira has been in the PR game for over 10 years, with experience in the hospitality, entertainment, tech and lifestyle spaces. After obtaining her BA in Communications, Stef left her home state of Texas for NYC where she led national PR campaigns for clients such as Sia, Museum of Food & Drink and MakerBot. Stef also holds an MA in Food Studies from NYU and her writing has appeared in such outlets as Serious Eats and Delish. She moved to Austin in 2014 and is currently an Account Director at Resplendent Hospitality where she focuses on growing small businesses...

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Partner, Resplendent Hospitality

Mary Mickel, partner at Resplendent Hospitality in Austin, Texas, has over ten years of PR experience with a strong focus on the hospitality industry. Before moving to Austin in 2009, she spent time in California, working for high-end resort Meadowood Napa Valley and one of San Francisco’s oldest hospitality PR firms, Andrew Freeman & Company. Upon heading south, Mickel and her husband founded Austin’s first hard cider company, Argus Cidery. She subsequently co-founded Resplendent Hospitality, with partner, Ali Slutsky, with the mission to build food and beverage brands across all...


Marketing Manager, Texas, WeWork

Robynne Trifieltti is a marketer, designer, strategist and maker but above all she’s a creative at heart. Since graduating from Texas Tech in 2007 she’s worked to expand her skill sets by taking on a number of roles in wide ranging industries - from local media and big brands to large non profits and small agencies. Her “never stop learning” motto has stretched her creative muscles and made her a valuable jack-of-all-trades. Robynne began focusing on social media strategy and design in the last two years and is loving her current role as Marketing Manager for WeWork’s Texas locations. When...

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Digital and Social Content Strategist, Deloitte

Meredith is a social media guru and content strategist with experience working on digital content strategies for Fortune 500 brands such as Wells Fargo, Western Union, Morningstar Inc., and Deloitte. As a budding journalist, Meredith already understood social media’s benefit to publishers and reporters but quickly realized it’s immense potential to help brands better connect with customers. As a result, she traded in the traditional journalism track to pursue a career in social media and digital storytelling. Her experience spans working on corporate marketing teams, within digital...


Content Marketing Intern, Left Right Media

I am a 21 year old livin’ it up in college at the University of Texas. Hook’em Horns. I hate ads, which is why I am an enthusiastic advertising major (hit me up on LinkedIn). Originally from a small beach town in Los Angeles, I have found a home here in Austin, and I’m hooked. Freshman year, I never would have imagined myself where I am today. I came to college pursing architecture, then business, then computer science, then art direction. Now I am none of those things....


Co-Founder / Creative Director at Left Right Media

Bo graduated Cum Laude from New York University with a B.F.A in Studio Art and a concentration in Digital Media. Bo is the co-founder of Left Right Media, and was recently recognized as a Folio 30 under 30 award winner for evolving the design team of Citygram into a comprehensive creative agency. As director of business development, Bo uses her marketing and brand development skills to ensure that the client’s goals are understood and exceeded with each project.

Bo leverages her background in art and copywriting as a UX design consultant and media strategist to bring our client’s...


Co-Founder / Creative Director at Left Right Media

After a a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Austin College, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and nine years as a hardware engineer at IBM, Chris began a career path that combined his analytical thinking with his passion for art. He independently launched Austin’s first digital magazine, Citygram Austin, which became the foundation on which Left Right Media was built.

Chris’ experience in graphic design and photography guides the projects and inspiration behind the work of Left Right. His ability to cultivate talent...


Founder & Lead Organizer, Communications

Danielle is passionate about empowering designers, through education and community building. She is currently the CEO of Women Talk Design, a new social enterprise on a mission to see more women speaking on stage.

She co-founded Austin Design Week in 2016 while she was the Regional Director of General Assembly in Austin, an education institution that empowers individuals to pursue the work they love through education and opportunities in design, tech, business and data. At General Assembly, Danielle...



Design Strategy Lead for Client Services at IBM

Amber Atkins is a Lead Design Strategist at IBM Design for Services where her team delivers on delightful experiences for clients who are curious about becoming a design lead entity and breaking free from "business as usual". For almost 10 years, she has helped build communities for creative education and design as the Vice President of Education and Mentorship for AIGA Colorado and now in her role on the AIGA Austin board. Amber believes in the power of what a diverse group of humans can do when they challenge one another to think -...


Founder & Lead Organizer, Programming & Partnerships

Partnerships & Events Manager, Vapor IO

Candice has over a decade of experience spanning marketing, advertising, sponsorship development, partnerships, programming, artist and event management. Candice has worked in magazine publication, music/film festivals and global productized events. In 2011, she helped to open and run artist-owned record label, The Noise Company. In this role, Candice realized her passion for finding innovative platforms to support artists. She took her drive for fostering creative communities to education and startups to General Assembly where she served...


The 2017 Advisory Board


Principal Designer, frog

Alexis Du Mond Puchek has 13+ years of experience in Front-End Web Development and Design, User Experience, Interaction Design, and Information Architecture. As a Principal Designer at frog, Alexis drives concepting and ideation throughout program life cycles and leads the IXD Discipline & Internship Sessions in the studio. She also volunteers her time at CreativeMornings and General Assembly (as well as other instructional institutions and design organizations).

Alexis is a teacher, mentor, and connector. She strives to lift people up and empower designers to produce exemplary,...


Senior Urban Designer, Asakura Robinson

Brendan is an urban designer and landscape architecture project manager. His work in Austin has ranged from master planning efforts for the South Central Waterfront, Colony Park and Ecology Action of Texas’ Circle Acres to park improvements in the Travis Heights and Govalle neighborhoods. As part of GUMBULLY, he was also a finalist in the 2013 Seaholm Intake Design Ideas Competition held by the City of Austin.

Brendan is an active voice in Austin civics as an advocate for sustainable urbanism, green infrastructure and better spaces for people and relationships. He serves on the...

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@ UT Austin

Doreen Lorenzo is a successful leader of global creative firms who advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. In March 2016 she was appointed Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Design, University of Texas-Austin. She is a co-founder of mobile video insights firm Vidlet, as well as a board member and advisor of several other startups, and a columnist for Fast Company Co.Design and Medium. A recognized thought leader on business and design issues, she speaks publicly about her signature leadership style and the power of empathy to drive business...

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Design Track Lead, SXSW

Julie Yost is a proponent for good design in all its forms, and fascinated by the influence of design on the public realm. In four years at SXSW, she’s grown the organization’s focus on design, cities and social equity through thoughtful curation and creative events, including the Place by Design program and SXgood Hub. Julie views her work as an opportunity to drive cultural, artistic and informational exchange. Countless collaborations have been formed through her programming, including a permanent public art installation in Austin and partnerships advancing a hip hop architecture camp...


Design Strategist, IBM Watson

Randy Gregory II is a designer who focuses on the intersections between experience, brand, and the systems that govern it all. Currently working in Austin as a part of IBM, Randy primarily devotes his time to shaping the culture of a 100 year old icon, developing industry focused applications as a Design Strategist within Watson, developing content as a Station Manager of IBM Radio, while running Design Thinking workshops, interviewing the next generation of design talent, developing mentorship programs, contributing to the Design Thinking & UX practices, and finding time for AIGA....


Advisory Board's Design and Brand Liaison, Austin Design Week; Co-Founder/Creative Partner, The Label Collective

Erin and her twin sister, Kristin Waddington, found a common desire to challenge the current agency model. Their goal was to promote the idea of smart, approachable design for clients of all sizes. Together, they decided to form The Label Collective, an independent creative/marketing studio passionate about the value and impact of design and strategy.

Before becoming Co-Founder and Creative Partner of The Label Collective, Erin spent over 8 years in the National Ad Agency space, serving as a Senior Art Director and Associate Creative Director while working on clients such as Dell,...


Advisory Board's Design and Brand Liaison, Austin Design Week; Co-Founder/Creative Partner The Label Collective

Kristin and her twin sister, Erin Pitts, found a common desire to challenge the current agency model. Their goal was to promote the idea of smart, approachable design for clients of all sizes. Together, they decided to form The Label Collective, an independent creative/marketing studio passionate about the value and impact of design and strategy.

Prior to The Label Collective, Kristin gained 10 years of experience between two agencies, in Art Director and Associate Creative Director roles, concepting and managing internal teams for clients such as Dell, Best Buy, Citi, Starbucks, and...