Computers and online services can do incredible things for the creative process, but what about the ways in which they might slow it down? Technology is changing our lives rapidly, and while new innovations like self-driving cars and educational virtual reality programs can provide new opportunities and make amazing experiences more accessible, they also create a potential for distraction and disconnection from the physical and social world. This panel will look at ways individuals and businesses are stepping outside of the technological sphere to keep their creativity running at high capacity.
Join us in October for UNITE at Allsteel for a thoughtful conversation on technologies impact on creativity.
Doors Open • 5:30pm – 6pm
Program & Q&A • 6pm – 7pm
Networking • 7pm – 7:30pm
Moderator: Sabrina Dorsainvil, Director of Civic Design, City of Boston
Sabrina Dorsainvil is a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator whose work ranges from playful drawings to strategic urban projects. As the Director of Civic Design for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, her work centers on the human experience and using creative approaches to address systemic issues within areas such as housing, public health and human rights. Fascinated by people and the way we interact with each other and everyday spaces, her artwork focuses on storytelling and finding simple ways of celebrating people and their humanity.
(Photo by Nancy Carbonaro)
Panelist: Iliana Panameño, Co-Founder, We, Ceremony
As a woman of color and in sharing stories with others, Iliana found validation in her experiences – in her education, profession, and society. Through this connection, Iliana and her co-founder Mu realized that other women of color may be in search of the same space, while being unapologetic about their identities. Through storytelling, they have created a community of fearless, innovative, and beautiful women of color. Today, We, Ceremony is a network of women of color who take pride in their lived experiences and are redefining what it means to be both a woman and a person of color.
We, Ceremony is a digital platform that uses storytelling to empower and celebrate women and femmes of color. In using personal narratives as a tool, we create representation and genuine and dignified opportunities for women of color.
Panelist: Nancy Coleman, Wellesley College
Nancy is a results-driven, entrepreneurial leader and fierce advocate for women’s advancement. Passionate about technology-enhanced learning, educational outcomes and quality, her career has spanned higher education, corporate and start-up ventures. Focusing on business growth, strategic planning, and leadership of educational initiatives, she has a proven track record of effective leadership, innovation, collaboration and transparency. She is passionate about leadership, an advocate of women’s education and an enthusiastic supporter of women and girls in their personal and professional development journeys.
At Wellesley, Nancy oversees the work of Wellesley Extended, a unit of Wellesley College encompassing One Wellesley Summer, Professional and Executive Education and Nehoiden Golf Club. In 2017, she founded and remains the Program Director of the Contemporary Women’s Leadership Institute at Wellesley, a global program designed to help undergraduates develop leadership skills and find their unique voices.
(Photo by Yoon S. Byun)
Panelist: Katie Grimes, Happiness Strategist & Coach, The Heart Files.
Katie helps career-driven high achievers increase happiness to live a life they love through 1-to-1 coaching and employee workshops. She’s the creator of The Summit of Love, a one-day conference that helps women become healthier & happier to attract a life they love.
(Photo by Raya on Assignment)
UNITE Panel Series
UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event, all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.