With this year’s AIGA Leadership Retreat approaching fast, eight members of the AIGA West Michigan board are getting excited to attend, but four of our directors are preparing for the retreat in a different way. They will explore design in a variety of lights with the end goal to push and inspire AIGA chapter and as a whole to exciting futures. Check out what four of our directors are adding to this year’s leadership retreat and keep an eye out for future blogs to stay up to date on all things AIGA Leadership Retreat.
Gwen O’Brien, AIGAWM President
During this year’s leadership retreat, Gwen will officially transition into her role as President’s Council Chair. In this role, she will serve as the liaison between chapters and the AIGA national board of directors, help shape the future AIGA Leadership Retreats, and work closely with the national AIGA board of directors. We are excited for her to step into this new role and see the insight and ideas she brings back to our chapter.
John O’Neill, Vice President
The best way to learn is from experience, so what better than learning from the shared experience’s of AIGA VP’s from across the country. At last year’s Denver Leadership retreat, John shared his experience as a part of the Vice Presidents’ Panel and is excited to moderate it this year. With John, this year’s moderators are Marisa Green from Portland, Vanessa Ulrich from Baltimore, and Bryan Hunt from Jacksonville.
Carlos Estrada, Diversity Director
Carlos will be helping conduct the first Diversity and Inclusion mini-summit at this year’s Leadership Retreat. Check back for our next blog when we discuss what diversity and inclusion mean to design and look into what we can expect for AIGA’s first Diversity and Inclusion mini-summit.
Kimberly Wolting, Design for Good Director
Using design as a cultural force to social change is at the heart of Design for Good’s mission. Kim, of DFGWM director, will help in facilitating a panel discussion surrounding the power of design and the experiences and ideas from DFG initiatives across the country.
We are also excited for this year’s Sponsorship Panel featuring representatives from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College for Art and Design Alumni Association, and Brightformat.