Women In Design Symposium: Creative Entrepreneurship

The evolution of the architectural profession continues to blur the lines between inspired designers and driven entrepreneurs.

Architects are challenged to develop and market ideas, collaborate with investors at numerous scales, and span disciplines to define creative initiatives. Merging the role of designer and entrepreneur offers the ability to leverage talent with profitability, redefining pathways to success in leadership and business practices. How
do designers begin to explore the role of “Creative Entrepreneur” as the facilitator of business initiative, communication, and professional navigation within the greater design community?

See workshops B32 Designing Profitability in the Business Managemen and Development track and B72 Design, Impact, and Meaning: Emerging Models of Socially Entrepreneurial Design in The Future of Practice track.

KEYNOTE BREAKFAST CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BREAKING FROM CONVENTION
SB12 | Wednesday, 8:00am–9:30am
Entrepreneurship is an oft-heard buzzword across business sectors. What does it mean for Creatives in today’s economic landscape? This year, Women in Design have invited five practitioners from various business and design backgrounds to hold a spirited discussion about the impact of entrepreneurial thinking. From innovative practice models to protecting creative property and stimulating economic growth, the panel will provide a range of insights into the many opportunities for the creative professional. Enjoy breakfast with colleagues and hear the panel tackle this timely topic.

Stefane Barbeau, Acting Director, DIGMA
Janet Echelman, Artist, Studio Echelman
Robert Miklos, Founding Principal, designLAB
Margaret Minister O’Keefe, Intellectual Property Attorney, Partner, Pierce Atwood, LLC
Rashmi Ramaswamy, Co-founder, SHED Studio

WID AWARDS CEREMONY & LUNCHEON
SB13 | Wednesday, 1:00pm–2:30pm
The WID Awards Ceremony & Luncheon serves as the primary public presentation for this year’s Women in Design Award of Excellence. The annual award now in its 15th year, honors individuals who have exhibited exceptional achievement in person, process, product and position. Past winners will present the awards to
this year’s honorees. Join WID and our growing outstanding cohort of Women in Design for a truly inspiring anniversary celebration.

WID HAPPY HOUR
SB14 | Wednesday, 4:00pm–6:00pm
Come and get Happy and support Rosie’s Place. Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Rosie’s Place has evolved from providing meals and shelter to creating permanent solutions through advocacy and education. Network with your colleagues, enjoy a cocktail, and support a worthy cause. 

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