The Future is Friday featuring Nicolette Stosur-Bassett

This event has been rescheduled to February 19.

Event Description

The Future is Friday is an event series focused on creative, self-identifying women and their stories. In an intimate one-on-one talk between our event host and featured guest, you’ll get a first-hand account of the highs, lows, and everything in-between on their journey to get to where they are today. Grab a cup of coffee, a donut, and start your Friday morning inspired.

Note: Our ticket fees support operation fees, speaker stipends, student awards, and other free programming for our creative community. If you are unable to afford a ticket at this time and would like to attend, we want to accommodate you. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.

The link to the Zoom conference will be sent out to you via email a day before the event.


About Nicolette Stosur-Bassett

Nicolette is a business strategist, communications professional, and designer with ten years' experience working in social impact. Her projects use human-centered communications design as a tool to encourage behavior change and achieve social outcomes. In 2018, she founded Do It Better Design, a Chicago-based branding and communications studio helping projects with a purpose tell their story. Nicolette’s impact experience spans projects from food justice and carbon sequestration, to equity in education and the opioid epidemic. She holds a BA in Social Enterprise and MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability from Goddard College, and post-graduate certificates in Media Psychology, Public Interest Design, and Nonprofit Management. Nicolette is a Starting Bloc social impact fellow and serves on the Goddard College board of trustees.


About Valerie Craig (host)

Valerie Craig is a designer and leader who brings brands to life through collaboration, curiosity, storytelling, and excellent design. Her passion is in building and shaping brands through design that is intentional, raises awareness, and delivers remarkable results. Valerie is the Creative Director at Customer Experience Automation leader ActiveCampaign. In this role, she leads strategic communication design that is impactful and beautiful to tell the ActiveCampaign story. Prior to ActiveCampaign, she led design at the industrial software company Uptake as Brand Director.

A passionate advocate of the design community, she serves as the President of the AIGA Chicago Board of Directors. Valerie lives in Chicago with her husband, Grant, and two tiny children, Jonah and Lucy.


Event Schedule

8:00–8:05am CST: Attendees arrive

8:05–8:10am CST: Introductions

8:10–8:45 am CST: Discussion

8:45–9:00 am CST: Q&A


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 for planning this event, to Valerie Craig for hosting this event, to Bianca Smith and Melinda Benoit for communications, and to Morgan Garleff and Leo Burnett for the event graphics.

When & Where
Fri, Feb 19, 2021 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST