Join us for a panel discussion, exhibit and workshop on Gender Equality in Design Leadership at the City Hall Galleria in West Sacramento. We will start the morning with networking & coffee and move into a panel discussion and Q&A with four amazing community design leaders: Carol Heard, Amanda Sebastiani, Ashley Rodseth, Olivia Ray Jones and Hans Bennewitz, moderated by Monica Archuleta, the Graphics Technician at the City of West Sacramento. The event will conclude with a workshop using AIGA’s Gender Equity Toolkit.
Check-in for the event will start at 9:00 am and doors will close at 9:30 am, during this time attendees will have the opportunity the chat with other designers and view the exhibit over coffee. At 9:30 am our Panelists will begin with introductions and answer questions relating to the topic of gender equality. At 11:00 am, we will begin our workshop using AIGA’s Gender Equity Toolkit. At 12:00 pm we will having closing remarks and conclude the event.
One ticket allows admittance to this event, and because this event is limited, we encourage everyone to stay for the entire duration. The price of the ticket covers morning refreshments and will allow us to host more events in the future.
It is our hope that this event and future events will help spread awareness to the issues faced by women in the creative space and open dialogues to create change.
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Carol Heard, Creative Director at The Grid Agency
Carol Heard is a creative entrepreneur. Currently, she works as a Creative Manager for The Grid Agency, a creative marketing agency in Sacramento, CA. She began her career blogging at the age of 13 designing her own websites and graphics. In 2009, she started a female lifestyle blog and clothing line Free Bxtch Island (Live Free Island).
Upon graduation from Sacramento State she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in
Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, and pursued her career in social media marketing, graphic, and web design at The Grid Agency.
Along with being a Creative Manager, Heard also is Creative Director of an upcoming online boutique Viva Amor. She is also the co-founder of C.H.I.C. workshops, a workshop that hopes to educate and empower women on how to use social media to market their business or personal brand.
Amanda Sebastiani, Art Director
Amanda Sebastiani is an Art Director with established skills in digital and social design strategy and execution. Previously, she has worked at number of firms such as Runyon Saltzman, Inc., 3fold Communications, and the international PR firm Edelman guiding the identity of global brands through graphic design, storytelling and advertising.
Amanda exemplifies collaborative spirit with her team-player attitude and desire to see clients succeed.
In her spare time, Amanda volunteers her time as Co-Host for the CreativeMornings Sacramento chapter. CreativeMornings Sacramento is a monthly breakfast, coffee, & lecture series to bring together the creative community. Along with Co-hosting CreativeMornings, Amanda is also the Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee of MetroEDGE of the Metro Chamber in Sacramento.
Ashley Rodseth, Creative Director at Honey Agency
Ashley made her way from Grand Rapids, Michigan to California after graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. From early on in her career, she has had the opportunity to work with incredible female-led design studios that proved invaluable to her growth as a designer and leader.
As the Creative Director at Honey Agency, she leads a seriously talented design team in creating concept-driven design solutions based on thoughtful strategies. With a background in various medias including installation art exhibits, printmaking, illustration, and photography, she focuses on creating work that extends beyond the traditional. Ashley constantly empowers her team to step out of their comfort zone and approach design problems from different perspectives; instilling that collaboration with clients and those outside of the design world that can sometimes inspire the best design solutions.
Olivia Ray Jones, Design Lead at Finance of America Mortgage
Design Lead | Finance of America
Olivia graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design in 2015. She started as a Junior Designer at Finance of America shortly after the company was founded. Within 2 years, she became the National Design Lead of the in-house creative agency at age 25. As a creative millennial woman in the male-dominated financial sector, she loves the challenge of bringing a fresh perspective to an old-school industry. Working in-house has taught her how to bridge the gap between vastly different groups- including salespeople, consumers, management and designers. In her unique role, she designs, mentors, delegates and collaborates with the team to build a consistent brand across multiple platforms. Alongside the Creative Director, Olivia helps maintain brand integrity while continually evolving the aesthetic each year. In her spare time, Olivia is hatching a podcast and blog that cracks the code for newbies trying to break into the creative sphere. Her driving goal is to make the design community more transparent, accessible and encouraging for all aspiring creatives.
Hans Bennewitz, Art Director and Account Manager at VSP Globa
Hans is an Art Director / Account Manager at VSP Global, long time Sacramento-ish resident, late-night designer, occasional adjunct professor, illustrator / doodler, and wannabe musician. In between caffeine refills he expresses his affinity for intricate identity systems, rock&roll, rad illustrations, vintage type, comic books (ahem, graphic novels), and batman and spider-man toy collectibles (ahem, action figures). He’s also constantly trying to find a cure for sleep. You may think a fully grown man having the same hobbies as a teenage boy is a bit odd, but… well… it kind of is.
Creative Director, Honey Agency