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Women in Design: Leading with Intent and Integrity
Join AIGA Chicago on International Women’s Day as we launch an initiative focused on Women, Leadership and Design. Susan Bennett, Partner and Executive Creative Director at Simple Truth will lead a discussion with two accomplished, fabulous and fierce women in design. Nikki Juen is an artist, designer and educator interested in the spaces where these practices overlap. Tereasa Surratt is a creative director, entrepreneur and author dedicated to a day job at Ogilvy, an after hours gig as owner of Camp Wandawega and around the clock for her 6 year old. They will share stories, discuss opportunity, leadership, office culture and forging your own path.
Susan Bennett, Moderator
Partner and Executive Creative Director at Simple Truth
Susan is currently a partner in, and executive creative director of, Simple Truth. She has built a career of designing solutions for clients from Fortune 100 to grassroots nonprofits. She leads with intuition and creative spark, and she challenges all to be risk-takers who boldly question the status quo. Susan has over 25 years of communication design experience. Her career has led her to some of the most acclaimed design firms in the industry, and she has been recognized for excellence by the American Institute for Graphic Arts, and Print and Communications Arts magazines. Outside of Simple Truth, Susan has a fine art practice working in porcelain, wood, ink and found objects. She’s married, is the proud mother of a teenaged daughter and son, and is perpetually amused by her small flock of chickens.
Artist, Designer and Educator
Nikki Juen is an artist, designer and educator interested in the spaces where these practices overlap. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design’s Graphic Design Department, she is a lecturer and critic in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies, also at RISD.
As a founding faculty member of the MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts her research focuses on the body as media as well as the contemplative mind in higher education. Her classes and workshops explore the development of the individual through the cultural roles of art and design in society.
Global Group CD & Dir. of Experiential Ogilvy
Tereasa Surratt is dedicated to her day job at Ogilvy, making brands matter across categories & continents. She also burns the midnight oil as owner of the national historic resort Camp Wandawega, where she hosts creative retreats for corporations & the arts. Tereasa Surratt is also a published author and mom to a 6-year-old.
6:00 to 6:30 PM — Registration and networking
6:30 to 7:30 PM — Presentations
7:30 to 8:00 PM — Q&A
Beverages and light appetizers will be served
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$20 AIGA Members
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Hashtags & Handles
Special thanks to Marissa Strassel, Heather Quinn, and Silvana Favaretto, AIGA Chicago Event Chairs, for organizing this event, to OTHER for the artwork, to Morningstar, Inc. for hosting this event, and to The Creative Group for sponsoring this event.