In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8th, AIGA SF will spend the evening celebrating the accomplishments of women in the San Francisco design community. A portion of the evening will also be dedicated to critical dialogue about the many challenges women continue to face in the profession
While nearly just as many women (48%) as men enter the field of design each year, only 11% of all Creative Director positions are filled by women. Women continue to be paid less than their male peers at the same level and struggle to find mentorship and guidance from their superiors.
Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of those in the San Francisco design community and join the International Women's Day community to #pressforprogress.
Stay tuned for speaker announcements and updates about other International Women's Day events throughout the week.
#PressforProgress: International Women's Day 2018 Theme
With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.
And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
So we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
International Women's Day is not country, group or organization specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.
Amy Stellhorn, Founder and CEO of Big Monocle
Amy is the founder and CEO of Big Monocle, an award-winning creative agency with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City and Provo. She works with fortune 500 brands and specializes in strategic, high-level brand and campaign thinking. Amy is the Creative Director behind the global movement branding of the Women's March on Washington in 2017. This year Big Monocle was named Small Agency of the Year by the DMA.
Jina Anne, Senior Design System Lead at Amazon
Jina Anne is a designer, public speaker, event organizer, writer, editor, artist, and CSS developer currently living in San Francisco, California. Her focus is on Design Systems/Style Guides/Pattern Libraries, Visual/Graphic Design, and CSS architecture (with Sass). She is currently a Senior Design Systems Lead at Amazon, and has consulted and advised companies on design systems. Previously, she worked at Salesforce where she was lead designer on the Lightning Design System, and at Apple where she was a visual designer and led the CSS architecture remodel for the Apple Online Store. Jina is also the organizer of Clarity, the first ever design systems conference.
Alana Washington, Data Experience Design Manager at Capital One
Alana Washington is a design leader, strategist, and researcher. Currently, she’s a design manager working with design leaders on the Data experience platform at Capital One. She’s driven by an innate curiosity to help others solve the unsolvable and to create solutions for people that genuinely impact their daily lives.
Prior to joining Capital One, she was a Director of Design Strategy in the Data Visualization group of global market research firm GfK. holds a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University. She’s a Level 1 Sommelier, a certified scrum master, and an executive cheerio dispenser to her little boy. She was recently featured in Timothy Hykes project28 Blacks.
Jenny Arden, UX Design Manager at Airbnb
Jenny Arden manages a large portion of the design team at Airbnb in San Francisco where she focuses on how the company can help hosts be successful entrepreneurs. In her role she oversees teams that address some of the most difficult aspects of the share economy including regulation, anti-discrimination, and building a trusting community among strangers. She's also an advocate for women in tech and provides leadership and guidance for companies and groups interested in creating a workplace that supports a diverse team.
Previously, Jenny worked at Google as the Design Lead for the Self Driving Car Project (now known as Waymo). During her time at Google she also worked on YouTube for TV and she lead design and strategy for Google Mobile Search launching some of Google’s first mobile web experiences. Prior to that, she worked at IDEO leading large scale design initiatives that focused on protecting people and businesses from unfair banking practices. She gained extensive first hand knowledge in this domain after she lived in New York and worked at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs designing financial trading systems until she entered the agency world leading projects for Razorfish. Jenny graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Graphic Design and Brown University with a degree Physics. Later she attended Harvard Business School.