Antionette D. Carroll is the founder, president, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Antionette has been named an ADL and Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow, Roddenberry Fellow, Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, ADCOLOR Innovator, SXSW Community Service Honoree, Camelback Ventures Fellow, 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow, St. Louis Visionary Award Honoree for Community Impact, and Essence Magazine Woke 100. Over her almost 10 years of volunteer leadership, Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA. She’s a former AIGA National Board Director and Chair Emerita of the Task Force. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship.
Creative Business Strategist at Consultant to Creative Professionals
A brutally honest consultant, Emily Cohen has been honored to consult and work with leading design firms across the country. Through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun. She conducts strategic business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies.
Emily loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, online courses, industry activism, and in her new book, Brutally Honest: No-Bullshit Business Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business. Emily is also a fast-talker, a designer by degree, an avid reader, a trend-spotter, a connector, and her clients’ advocate.
John S. Couch is vice president of product design for Hulu, where he led the successful 2017 redesign of the Hulu experience across mobile, living room, and web. Now he’s leading the design of the future of next generation storytelling in emerging platforms and formats.
John’s 2020 book, The Art of Creative Rebellion: How to champion creativity, change culture and save your soul, is a “letter to a young designer” on how to navigate the labyrinthine and often convulsive environments of modern businesses, while maintaining a strong grip to the reason why anyone becomes an artist, designer or maker: to create.
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