The wndr museum asks you to step into a space that reveals the wonder of the natural world around us. Join us in August when Alisa Wolfson talks with Molly Vaile and Carli Papp about art, science, and their paths to creating immersive experiences at the wndr museum.
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Executive Director of wndr museum
Molly Vaile is the Executive Director of wndr museum, a new genre of museum experience aimed at inspiring curiosity through immersive art and science. During her career of differentiating global event management and influential leadership, Molly has orchestrated unique, large-scale events from the ground up. Before joining wndr, Molly spent 11 years at J.P. Morgan as the Executive Director of Midwest Region Events Team ensuring events connect clients and bankers to drive the bottom line of the firm, balanced with the creative aspect of designing and maintaining the global event aesthetic. She also previously worked for Jet Set Sports the official Hospitality Sponsor of the Olympic Games, having worked on the Salt Lake, Athens, Torino, and Beijing Olympics and opening an office for the company in Sydney, Australia. She is now steering the full scope of wndr museum operations and production, bringing to life a first-of-its-kind experience to Chicago. You connect with
Molly online on LinkedIn and Instagram.
Art & Design Lead, wndr museum
Carli Papp is the Art & Design Lead for wndr museum, a new genre of museum experience aimed at inspiring curiosity through immersive art and science. At wndr, she created the brand and now manages visual identity through all media and experiences. Previously, Carli was the lead designer in the Executive Office at Uptake, dedicated to building internal culture through interactive, exhibition, and print design; supporting company-wide strategic business initiatives. Prior to that, she was the Art Director at Pinch Provisions where she began as sole designer. There she built a small team and was responsible for product development, packaging design, and all other brand touchpoints. She is driven by her passion for understanding the psychology and science behind how people interpret information and make decisions. You can connect with Carli online at LinkedIn and Instagram.
EVP Head of Design at Leo Burnett, Chicago
As a leader in the agency’s U.S. design practice, Alisa oversees brand extension and campaign visual identity for Samsung, Kelloggs, P&G and many of the agency’s cultural and socially conscious clients.
Her career at Burnett began in 2009, when she founded the Department of Design—a group that she has grown from a team of four to eighteen designers. She is an advocate for collaboration and design excellence within the agency and community, championing design thinking as a method for transforming products, services, processes and strategy.
Her work has been recognized by notable industry awards, including the inaugural D&AD White Pencil, Best in Show at the One Show Design, and the first-ever Gold Pencil awarded to Design for the Greater Good. She has been named one of 30 “Women to Watch” by Ad Age Magazine.
Alisa is an active part of the Chicago design and cultural scene. She is the President Emeritus of the AIGA Chicago and the Design Director at Lampo, a nonprofit organization that presents experimental sound art. Alisa is also a mentor, volunteer and mom.
7:45 AM — Mix, mingle, and drink coffee
8 AM — Presentation
$5 Student Members
$5 AIGA Members
All ticket sales for this event will go towards our Women Lead Programming.
Code of Conduct
By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.
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Special thanks to Kelly Knaga, our Executive Director for planning this new event series, and to Morgan Garleff of Leo Burnett for hosting and designing the artwork for this event series.