Join us virtually for the 2021 Management and Leadership event!

Join SEGD's Management + Leadership Virtual Summit, Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25 2021. Taking a hard look at the cultural and workplace shifts over the last year, we’ll examine proven examples of creative leaders who successfully transformed their business and leadership approach to meet the changing needs of their team and clients.

An all-female lineup of speakers, known for their visionary leadership, will share their unique perspectives and experiences with honest conversations about how they are adapting to virtual life and what impact this new way of working will have as we look towards the future. They will share actionable insights and the new strategies and tools they developed to lead with empathy while building new revenue streams and relationships forged in collaboration.

Developed for design business executives, studio principals, emerging professionals, and self-employed creatives, this two-day event offers sessions and dialogue aimed at helping designers and business people build a toolkit that includes financial strategy, best practice, social equity, emotional intelligence, management, and marketing.

M+L 2021 will feature successful design leaders and clients, finance experts, visionary creative change makers who focus on the current business trends, cultural shifts, employment realities, and technological advances that will help firms lead with resiliency and build new revenue strategies.

Sessions include:

Actionable Business Tools for the Changing Environment: How can we lead inclusively and with intentionality? How can we be honest with ourselves, our clients, and our teams even when the truth is challenging? What are the key measures of our fiscal success and how can we achieve our financial goals while maintaining a work/life balance?

Design Practices That Build Equity and Inclusivity: How can design support social responsibility and build equity? What does a commitment to public work and community look like?

Being Creative While in Lockdown:  How are  individuals responding to the impact of the pandemic on jobs and lifestyle? What tools can we utilize to keep it real and keep it fun? When do we need to ask for advice and support and where can we find it?

Successful Client Collaboration in a Virtual World: How has the client perspective evolved with the pandemic? What do clients need from designers right now? How can designers pivot to successfully support the new normal of Zoom meetings and Google docs?

Speakers Include:

Emily Cohen, a “brutally honest” business consultant, author and speaker

Ebony Smith, Executive Coach and the Founder of Ebenum Equation

Mackey McNeill, CPA, PFS. An expert leader/author in the financial services field

Wendy Evans Joseph, founder of Studio Joseph design studio

AJ Goehle, CEO of Luci Creative - full service experience design agency

Jenni Ogden, COO of 4D Fun and President of Eye Q Productions, LLC

Kathy Fredrickson, Arts management, content strategy for cultural organizations

Abby Bysshe, VP of Experiences and Business Development at The Franklin Institute

Flavia Sparacino, CEO at BEAM virtual networking and Sensing Places Interactive

Register for this spectacular virtual event TODAY!

Participants will receive individual access to the live event, as well as post-event videos soon after (in case you miss a session live).

2021 Management and Leadership Agenda
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Amy Wang
Amy Wang
Wendy Evans Joseph
Wendy Evans Joseph
Anna Crider, SEGD Board President
Anna Crider
Maria Elena Gutierrez
Maria Elena Gutierrez
Ujijji
Ujijji Davis Williams
Amy Lukas, Partner, Infinite Scale, Salt Lake City
Amy Lukas
Falvia Sparacino, Sensing Places LLC
Flavia Sparacino
Jen Bressler
Jen Bressler
Jadalia Britto
Jadalia Britto
Kathy Fredrickson
Kathy Fredrickson
Abby Bysshe
Abby Bysshe
Ebony Smith
Ebony Smith
Mackey McNeill
Mackey McNeill
AJ Goehle
AJ Goehle
Cybelle Jones, Gallagher & Associates
Cybelle Jones
Emily Cohen
Emily Cohen
Aparna Bapu
Aparna Bapu
Aki Carpenter, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Aki Carpenter
Megan Haase
Megan Haase
Headshot of Jill Ayers, President and Creative Director of Airspace
Jill Ayers
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Join us virtually for the 2021 Management and Leadership event!

It's Time to Shake Things Up! Join the 2021 SEGD Management + Leadership

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This week we will host a one-and-a-half-day event focused on best practices in management + leadership for your design and consulting practice. It’s time to shake things up. This new world begs us to transform—the same is true for your design practice.

One Year of the Kolar Experience Institute

One Year of the Kolar Experience Institute

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One year ago, during SEGD’s 2020 Management + Leadership Summit, Kelly Kolar of Cincinnati’s Kolar Design launched the Kolar Experience Institute (KEI™). KEI™ is a new division and organization devoted to economic research to better inform the experiential design process. Learn more about KEI’s mission, and vision, and the Institute’s first projects implemented over the past year in this interview with Kolar.

Join us virtually for the 2021 Management and Leadership event to hear more from Ebony Smith.

SEGD 2021 Management + Leadership Summit Speaker Preview Ebony Smith

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In anticipation of SEGD’s 2021 Management + Leadership Summit, Cybelle Jones (CEO) interviews Ebony Smith, founder of Ebenum Equation. Ebony is a leadership development specialist with a passion for creating forward-thinking leaders. In this video interview, learn about Ebony’s mantra: Resilient leaders aren’t born, they’re meticulously created through practice and reflection. And make sure to attend Ebony’s M + L workshop titled “Accelerating Your Leadership Potential” on Thursday, March 25, at 1 pm ET.

SEGD 2021 Management + Leadership Summit Speaker Preview

SEGD 2021 Management + Leadership Summit Speaker Preview

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Just two weeks away, our Leadership + Management event is an opportunity to recharge and rethink our models for the future of our design practices and organizations. Many of our presenters, such as Flavia Sparacino, PhD, have embraced change and are helping us understand the importance as leaders to evolve our methodologies and culture of work. Here’s a sneak peak at her talk on Wednesday March 24th at 3:45pm ET/12:45pm PT

Join us virtually for the 2021 Management and Leadership event!

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