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.
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