Gala 6 • Explore the Senses


October 19, 2019
10/19/19 5:30 pm - 10/19/19 10:30 pm


2019-10-1917:30:00 2019-10-1922:30:00 Gala 6 • Explore the Senses Join us for an enchanted evening atop an architectural splendor with cityscape views, exploring the 6th sense: Design.     Design Museum Portland ... Field Office East 1895 NW Front Avenue Portland, OR 97209 Design Museum Portland

Join us for an enchanted evening atop an architectural splendor with cityscape views, exploring the 6th sense: Design.


Design Museum Portland invites you to our second-annual Gala, celebrating our six years of design impact in the vibrant community we call home. 

Enjoy a night filled with your fellow design enthusiasts, one-of-a-kind auction items, stimulating surprises, and tasty treats. Join us on a culinary adventure where food and design collide through a delicious multi-course dinner. We invite you to explore your senses through custom-created experiences that infuse design into your touch, sight, taste, and sound at our Gala Social, following dinner.

Wear your most creative orange for the season’s most unique design event, mingling with attendees from the allied design fields, including commercial and residential architecture, interior design, construction, engineering, branding, and real estate.

Headlining Personalities

Desmond MarzetteGala 6 Keynote Speaker

Global Director of Brand Connections (Advertising) at Nike, Jordan Brand 

Desmond Marzette fell in love with music, sports, and marketing at a young age. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has been obsessed with hip hop, hoops, and Nike commercials for most of his life. Professionally, he has brought his passions for art, inclusivity, and design to some of the biggest names and brands in the industry. Desmond has played roles at powerhouse creative agencies and brands like Wieden+Kennedy, Creative Artist Agency, and Jordan Brand where he has provided creative and strategic leadership to remarkable—and often historic—success. His work on brands like Jordan, Beats, 2K Sports, Nike, Old Spice, Target, and Coca-Cola have earned him recognition from industry leaders, including the Cannes Festival of Creativity and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. Ultimately, however, Desmond gains the most satisfaction from creating truly epic pop culture moments and experiences for the world to enjoy, just as much as he does.

Larry RodgersGala 6 Emcee

Senior Director, Retail Concepts at Nike House of Innovation

Larry has spent the last 19 years designing experiences and serving consumers through the lens of health, fitness, and sport. He currently serves as Senior Director, Retail Concepts at Nike, leading the company’s global efforts for its flagship retail locations, Nike House of Innovation. Prior to this, Larry led Global Consumer Service Experience at Nike, focusing on driving global service strategy and service design across the dimensions of social, apps,, Nike Experts, and Membership. He also spent over a decade leading sales and marketing through the phone channel for Beachbody LLC., best known for fitness and beauty brands such as P90X, Insanity, Shakeology, and Derm Exclusive. Prior to Beachbody, Larry spent 4 years, with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks designing pre, post, and in-game experiences through event marketing, promotions, and entertainment. Larry has undergraduate work in general education at the University of Michigan, a B.S. in Management from Pepperdine University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. For fun, Larry enjoys playing strategy and role-playing games, salsa dancing, boxing, and reading.

Karina Ruiz, Featured Speaker

Karina has over 20 years of experience and has managed over $1 billion in educational projects throughout her career. Her belief that education shapes the future of this world, drives Karina to ensure that teaching and learning objectives remain the team’s focus throughout each project. She is actively engaged in the national dialogue on the intersection between pedagogy and design innovation. As principal, she brings an innate ability to inspire educational planning, build community engagement and design efforts that exceed expectations of clients and users.


Gala Dinner • 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Experience a cocktail reception with a design-centric Silent Auction, followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by Portland’s top chefs.

Gala Social • 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Join us after dinner as we continue the celebration of our 6th anniversary with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing!

Dress Code

Creative Cocktail – Orange is encouraged!



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