Founder/CEO, FLOX Studio
Sloan Leo (they/them) is an artist and the Founder/CEO of FLOX Studio Inc. FLOX Studio is a community design and strategy studio that works with curious optimists who are committed to getting things done. FLOX is on a mission to increase the community design capacity of mission-driven enterprises so that the entire ecosystem is more brave, creative and resilient. Prior to founding FLOX Studio, Sloan Leo spent 15 years leading non-profit staff and volunteer teams at the Environmental Defense Fund, The Trust for Public Land, and other organizations at the intersection of community, justice, and design.
BizOps Lead, Civic/Service Designer, DEI + Racial Justice Strategist
Alvin Schexnider (he/him) is a BizOps Lead, Civic/Service Designer, and a DEI + Racial Justice Strategist. He endeavors to help civic institutions become more effective, citizen-centered, innovative, and equitable. He is Operations Program Manager (BizOps & Civic/Service Design) for the Illinois Department of Human Services, where he drives strategy, operations, design, and community-focused projects deemed critical by the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Operations. He’s also Adjunct Professor of Social Design at Loyola University Chicago, and outside of work his projects include Distributive Designers (designingblackfutures.com) and the Racial DeckEquity Cardset found on his Etsy shop schexdesign. Alvin lives in Chicago.
Human-Centered Design and Innovation Consultant
Julius is a human-centered design and innovation consultant, with a focus on product innovation, experience design, and customer strategy. Julius has significant experience across commercial and social impact programs, in both developed and emerging markets. Prior to consulting, Julius worked in capital markets at TD Bank, before founding the Bank’s impact investing and social finance initiative, and issuing TD’s first Green Bond. Julius has a BCom from the University of Toronto, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Business.
Founder, kinder MODERN & Female Design Council
Lora Appleton is a thought leader, celebrated designer, curator, gallerist and founder of kinder MODERN and Female Design Council. Leading the charge for womxn in design, she is working to shift the narrative away from “traditional” gender roles and family structures and towards womxn’s technical skills, artistry and professional merits.
Appleton formed the Female Design Council as a direct response to the long history of imbalanced representation of gender in the design industry. FDC is dedicated to engaging equity and tangible gender parity in design. Appleton continues to focus her furniture and rug design efforts on thoughtful, practical and sustainable design in the family home. She serves on the NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee and is a Board Trustee at the Blue School in Manhattan.
Executive Director, AIGA NY
Stacey Panousopoulos has extensive management and customer service experience in the creative sector. Prior to working with AIGA NY she was the office manager, student advisor and seminar coordinator for Gotham Writers’ Workshop, the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. She earned a BA in creative writing and classical studies at Hunter College in NYC. At AIGA NY, she builds relationships with the existing 3,000 members, the board of directors, sponsoring corporations and a range of external partners.
Senior Designer, Douglas Elliman + Co-Operator, FLOX Studio
Wesley Hall, a Senior Designer at Douglas Elliman is a skilled graphic designer, illustrator, and creative consultant with 20 years of experience working with clients to generate design-driven solutions for marketing collateral, instructional design, print, and project management needs.
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