• KCAD Student Commons (map)
  • 17 Fountain Street Northwest
  • Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
  • United States

Come listen to a diverse range of panelists, both experienced and fresh faces, share insights on their view as Women in Design. Topics include unique perspectives applied to design, making the workplace culture inclusive, value of women in design, and finding balance; just to name a few. Ladies please encourage both male and female co-workers and friends to attend this event!
Lunch provided.

Moderated by Mary Brown, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
Business Designer, Organizational Development Consultant, and Futurist, Mary Brown has consulted and trained in the business, nonprofits, and educational sectors. Using tools from organizational development, design thinking and Futuring, she helps organizations to apply future ­oriented thinking to present day challenges. Beyond organizational development consulting, Mary is the Program Manager and Business Counselor at Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) where she assist small businesses to develop, grow, and sustain their businesses. She studied design and innovation at Case Western Reserve University, is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University and holds business degrees from Gonzaga University and the University of Phoenix. GROW: http://www.growbusiness.org 


Kim Dabbs, Executive Director WMCAT
Kim Dabbs is a social entrepreneur, advocate and innovator who currently serves as executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology. Kim has crafted a best practice model for both adult career training and teen arts + tech engagement, leading to WMCAT’s inclusion in national learning networks like The Aspen Institute’s ASCEND Network and Stanford University’s d.school K-12 lab.  Kim was one of 4 professionals globally that were invited to participate in a 3-month residency at Stanford’s d.school in design thinking.  She holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design.  www.wmcat.org

Andrea Napierkowski, Owner Curly Host
Andrea Napierkowski opened CurlyHost in late 2010. Working with over 100 clients, 200 projects and maintaining 150 websites, CurlyHost has been a powerhouse of productivity. Offering face to face and video tutorials on the maintenance and updates of their site, clients are empowered to take the reins in their own projects. Andrea Napierkowski has a BA in International Relations from GVSU and a Certificate in Web Design and Development from GRCC. www.curlyhost.com

Sara Molina, Interior Design Manager at Progressive AE
Sara Molina is an interior designer, strategist, and client advocate at ProgressiveAE with over 14 years of experience in commercial design and interior architecture. Sara continually collaborates with fellow team members to foster and inspire new ideas with passion and excitement through the use of enlightened solutions, strategies, big-picture thinking, storytelling, and synthesis. As the interior design manager for Progressive AE, she leverages the complexities of designing an interconnected workplace and understands the need to create spaces which bring people together. Sara's deep expertise in design thinking and passion for social impact create a holistic approach to interior design, development, and planning within any environment. 

Meghan Raven, Stryker Medical

Attendance is free but registration is required.

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