Join design and business leaders for a keynote and workshop on corporate social responsibility, leadership, organizational transformation and design strategy for business. If you’re interested in becoming a good leader—and leader of good—this event will give you a deeper understanding of yourself, your business and your social impact.
The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a presentation featuring some of the most innovative thinkers in leadership and change strategy, and continues Friday with a personalized, hands-on workshop from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Whether you’re a designer looking to build your leadership skills, a manager seeking to guide your creative team, an independent professional aiming to advance your business, or an executive looking to foster leadership and innovation in your organization, you’ll learn how to recognize new opportunities and increase your effectiveness.
Cheryl Heller is Chair of the MFA Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the founder of Heller Communication Design and Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change. As a pioneering communication designer and business strategist, she has led transformational initiatives at American Express, L’Oreal, the National Audubon Society, Reebok, Sappi, Seventh Generation and the World Wildlife Fund. Her work in design, advertising, branding, marketing and writing have given her experience and perspective on every aspect of social innovation for the corporate world, non-profits and foundations.
Julie Engel Manga, Ph.D., has been a coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer for over 25 years, focusing on helping leaders be resourceful and grounded while navigating the fast, dynamic and challenging circumstances of their work and personal lives. Julie is on the faculty of the MFA Design for Social innovation program at the School of Visual Arts and at New Ventures West, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship where she leads classes for corporate managers and executives on organizational change. She has authored several studies and articles based on her research in corporate citizenship.
Hannah du Plessis, designer, Fit Associates. Prior to arriving in the U.S. in 2009, du Plessis was the founding partner in an interior architecture firm based in South Africa. She served a broad clientele in Southern Africa, Europe and the United States. Her designs cut across many disciplines, budgets and scales. She has taught design and design research In partnership with institutions such as the School of the Art institute in Chicago, the University of Pretoria and Cedim in Mexico. du Plessis has lead teams through the creative process and over the rocky terrain of multiple perspectives and conflicting interests. Her creative spirit finds expression on stage as actor, dancer and improviser, in print as illustrator, in galleries as artist and greatly informs her work as educator and facilitator.
Karen Proctor, corporate consultant, and former vice president, Community Affairs and Government Relations, Scholastic, Inc., has been the chief social responsibility administrator and strategist for media, publishing and sports organizations including major market radio stations, Scholastic and the National Basketball Association. A nationally recognized leader in the social impact space, Proctor has advised corporate CEOs, non-profit, and philanthropic chief executives, as well as federal and state senior level officials. Her work in service of more than 200 organizations has honed her expertise in strategic thinking and planning, program design, implementation, evaluation and cross-sector collaboration. At Scholastic, Proctor launched one of the nation's largest in-kind giving initiatives, Scholastic Book Grants, which has donated more than 16 million children's books to nonprofit organizations that find creative and effective ways to address the reading and literacy issues facing the communities they serve. Previously, Proctor was director of Community Relations for the National Basketball Association.
Marc Rettig, principal of Fit Associates, where he uses research, guided cultural immersion, facilitation, co-design and communication design to build bridges between product organizations and the lives of the people they affect. Increasingly, Fit’s work also includes community-building efforts, nurturing local food systems and fostering bridges between disconnected elements of society. Rettig’s 30-year career has been guided by an interest in people, systems, communication, anthropology and the power of design. After a first career in software systems, Rettig has spent fifteen years as a designer of projects, interactions, products, services, experiences and transformations. He has worked with corporations across a broad range of sectors, including Philips, Nissan, Microsoft, Comcast, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Seagate and SAP, as well as numerous startup companies.