I am a program designer, team-builder, mentor, collaborator and creative director. I am a recognized thought-leader and international speaker on the topics of creativity, collaboration and talent development. Most of my professional career has been dedicated to designing and leading incubators for creative talent.
I work with purpose-driven companies to help them attract top creative talent and amplify their company mission through custom-designed programs. I founded 72U, a talent incubator within 72andSunny, that both cultivated talent and created award-winning projects from product design to documentary films to immersive events. While Director of 72U, I built eleven high-functioning, multidisciplinary teams from the ground up. Examples of collaborations include Interscope Record’s platinum artist BØRNS and non-profit RiverLA which resulted in groundbreaking work that benefitted both brands.
As Director of Chicago Portfolio School I prepared hundreds of people for jobs in the creative industries through portfolio development and coaching. My work is informed by a broad range of experience spanning my time as an Art Directing at Y&R NYC making commercials including a Superbowl spot to leading a project for IDEO SF.
I believe an incubator for creative talent is the gift that keeps giving; it attracts top talent, garners goodwill, inspires employees, acts as the purest form of a company mission, contributes to the company culture, creates opportunities to innovate and engage the community through the work that is made. I’m passionate about designing ecosystems that teach emotional intelligence, fosters creativity and collaboration through project-based learning.
I’ve been recognized as one of Adweek's 30 Star Players at US Agencies 2015. My work has been featured in Mashable, Fast.Co.Create, NOTCOT, psfk, Esquire, LA Weekly, Little Black Book, Huffington Post, Creativity, Mediapost and Adweek.
Interviews: Drum's Exceptional Women Out West podcast, Innovation Crush podcast and cover story for the October 2016 issue of Playa Vista Direct Magazine.