The Future of Creative Leadership

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Past Event)

Have you ever wondered... where are all the African American and Latinx artists, designers, copywriters, proof-readers, etc. in our industry? Do they not have an interest in creative careers? Or is something else at play?

Antionette Carroll, Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab (a nonprofit educating and deploying youth to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations), and our speaker for September’s AAF Memphis luncheon, believes that high-level constructs like systems of oppression, inequality and inequity are to blame.

Join us Thursday, September 24, 12pm CT for a presentation that will focus on our responsibility as distributors of information, ideas and innovation to use our influence to lead others toward a path that BUILDS equity. During this session, Antionette Carroll will offer a framework to help us redesign these inequitable systems that divide and separate, rather than unite. She will help creative professionals and leaders prioritize equal outcomes over equal access with a goal of changing the mindset of our industry while challenging the creative sector to look past tangible (and biased) design.

The end game: Placing value on a future-forward approach of leadership; one that rethinks the roles of identity, power and equity.

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Meet Our Speaker, Antionette D. Carroll:

Antionette Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this role, Antionette has pioneered an award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist). Through this capacity, Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named an ADL and Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow, Roddenberry Fellow, Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, ADCOLOR Innovator, SXSW Community Service Honoree, Camelback Ventures Fellow, 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow, St. Louis Visionary Award Honoree for Community Impact, and Essence Magazine Woke 100.

Within her almost 10 years of volunteer leadership, Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity andInclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. She’s a former AIGA National Board Director and Chair Emerita of the Task Force. During her tenure, she founded and launched several initiatives, including the Design Census Program with Google, Racial Justice by Design Initiative, Diversity and Inclusion Residency, and national Design for Inclusivity Summit with Microsoft. Additionally, she’s the co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship and an active member of Adobe's Design Circle. Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Google, TED, Capital One, Harvard, Stanford University, Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon an TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.

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