I created the Designtrepreneurs event series because I saw the need for designers, entrepreneurs, and the LGBT community to coexist, connect, and share their stories. It’s a magically delicious trifecta of passion, professionalism, and perseverance.

Design and entrepreneurship are parallel practices: we go where the world can’t yet see, we bring form to things we believe need to exist. Similarly, the LGBT community has always questioned the way things are; our difference is but one of our strategic advantages.

I’m grateful the panelists have felt empowered, free to tell stories they’ve been longing to tell. 

Recode covered the first installment. Forbes got the 2nd.

 

Designtrepreneurs #1 — February 26, 2014, WeWork Soma, San Francisco

Aaron Zinman, Founder, Empirical

Lotus Child, Cofounder, Arson

Nick Hodulik, VP Software & Services, GoPro

 

Designtrepreneurs #2 — June 18, 2014, Optimizely, San Francisco

Nelson Gonzalez, CoFounder, Chief Strategy Officer, Declara

Michael Berl, Marketing Manager, Uber for Business

Katie Rinkevich, Product Designer, Optimizely

 

Designtrepreneurs #3 — October 28, 2014, School of Visual Arts, New York

Debbie Millman, Moderator

Ben Watson, Executive Creative Director, Herman Miller

Mary Taylor, Founder, Salt & Olive

Thomas Page McBee, Writer

Ryan Fitzgibbon, Founder & Publisher, Hello Mr.

 

Designtrepreneurs #4 — June 9, 2015, WeWork Soma, San Francisco

Steve Daniels, Founder, Able Health

Billie Mandel, UX Design Leader

David Bingham, former Creative Director, Gap, Inc.

Nicole Jacek, Founder, NJ(L.A.)™

Mendel Chuang, former CEO, Smoopa