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The innaugural Where are the Black Designers? conference took place on June 27, 2020. Seventeen amazing speakers and over 10,000 attendees came together to celebrate Black voices in design and address pressing issues in the design industry.

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2020 Event Speakers


Mitzi Okou
Founder, Where are the Black Designers

Raja Schaar
Program Director, Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Dori Tunstall
Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

Antionette Carroll
Founder, President, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab

Chris Livaudais
Executive Director, IDSA

Sandy Speicher
CEO, IDEO

Elaine Lopez
Associate Professor in Graphic Design, AICAD Fellow, MICA

Kelly Walters
Assistant Professor, Communication Design, The New School


Vanessa Newman
Head of Brand, Ethel’s Club & Founder of Design 2 Divest

Naj Austin
Founder & CEO, Somewhere Good (Ethel’s Club, Form No Form)

Christina Harrington
Assistant Professor of Design, HCI, DePaul University

Jasmine Burton
CEO, Wish for WASH

Kennedi Johnson
MA Student, Diaspora Studies, Indiana University

Shabnam Kashani
UX Designer, Google

Underground Resistance
Legendary DJ Collective
Spinning: Waajeed

Lindsay Logan
Founder & Designer, Current Theory Studio



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