Have you ever wondered what it might be like to put your design and creative problem solving skills toward engaging, educating, or activating in a way that brings about positive change in your community? If so, you'll want to hear this panel of designers and design leaders discuss how they do this in their daily work:
Michelle Sucher, Senior Social Innovation Specialist at Design Impact
Jessica Bellamy, Founder and Principal Creative at GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio
Mike Rich, UX & UI Designer for CauseLabs
Michelle D’Cruz, Founding Partner of Reverb
Discussion topics will include how they got started with designing for social purpose, how their work differs from the for-profit sector, what their design processes are like, and advice they have for attendees.
6:00 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Refreshments
6:15 - 7:15 pm: Moderated Panel Discussion
7:15 – 7:30 pm: Q&A
MORE ABOUT OUR PANELISTS
Michelle Sucher believes in the power of design to address some of society’s toughest challenges. As the Senior Social Innovation Specialist at Design Impact. Michelle uses design to help nonprofit partners and individuals think differently. Her work sits at the intersection of the social sector and the design industry—she’s led corporate professionals through a 12-week social impact incubator, helped students and nonprofits collaborate on closing the summer meal gap, trained educators to bring innovation to the classroom, and equipped food banks across the country to deeply engage seniors in designing and testing solutions to address food insecurity among older adults. Regardless of the project or partner, she’s passionate about bringing inclusive, creative problem solving approaches to her work every day.
Jessica Bellamy is an International speaker, Adobe Creative Residency alumna, and award-winning infographic designer. She is the founder and principal creative at GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. Jessica works with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling infographics that breakdown complex policy and service information for distribution at the community level. She has been featured in Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Forbes, Communication Arts Magazine, The Great Discontent, Create Magazine, Creative Mornings, Slack, The Dieline, Revision Path, and on Adobe’s Project 1324.
Mike Rich is a UX & UI designer with a passion for creating experiences that make people's lives better. For the past 7 years Mike has been leading cross-functional teams while designing user experience flows and user interfaces for CauseLabs, a distributed company whose purpose is to help scale the missions of non-profit organizations through technology solutions. While focusing on UX and UI, he has played practically all of the roles in the product development life cycle. From design strategist, to researcher, to UX designer, to front-end developer, to QA engineer, he has worn all of the hats. Mike lives in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife and 3 children.
Michelle D’Cruz is a creative strategist with extensive experience in community-based design and business development. As a Founding Partner of Reverb, her client work focuses on creative solutions for non-profits, health and education initiatives—both on a local and national level. Michelle’s understanding of design is such that it is not separate from the social world. Rather, consciously crafted design impacts and moves people to act as engaged consumers and as active community stakeholders. That world view is woven into every thread of her work.
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