We were thrilled to be invited to General Assembly’s Introduction to the Chicago Design Community panel last month! General Assembly has been transforming careers since 2011 with their fast-paced, immersive boot camp style courses. From tech, to data, to design and business, General Assembly has prepared over 40,000 individuals for roles in the most in-demand industries.
Part of what makes General Assembly so thriving is their robust alumni network and the way they connect students to employers to mentors and to companies. We were asked to join this month’s panel discussing these connections in Chicago, specifically the design community.
During the panel we discussed why design matters, the humble beginnings of a design career, the path Michael Prince (owner + founder) took, how Beyond has navigated through the industry the past 25 years, and what we think is important within our local design community. Speaking alongside of us were other prominent Chicago designers.
AnnaZulma McFadden is the VP UX Lead at JP Morgan Chase and has worked all of the globe. She brings a unique perspective back to Chicago and has also worked at AIGA Chicago and is currently a UX cohort at General Assembly where she mentors and instructs students on UX/UC concepts and skills.
Chris Ina, the Associate Director of Experience Design at Digitas where he leads the Consumer Experience Design team. Last year he won The Drum’s B2B Brave 2017 Award for “Best Enterprise Website.”
To round out the panel will be Brazilian designer Silvana Favaretto. She is the Art Director and Founder of The Tulle Project, an online skirt store that aims to empower women. The six-layered skirts started as a personal project for Favaretto. Her idea to wear a tulle skirt for 100 days while documenting her journey, but by wearing the bold and colorful skirts, Silvana noticed they helped her shed insecurities and embrace her feminity. This realization kick-started the Tulle Project movement and its mission to embrace feminine strength and build women up. “I encourage women everywhere to take more risks, to speak up more, to be ok making mistakes, to embrace their femininity, and be their boldest!”
Finally, the panel will be moderated by designer and founder of The Happy Career, Emily Carter.
“If you’re a current design student, recent graduate, new to the city, looking to make a transition in your career or just level up, this free event will help you get acquainted with the dynamic world of design in Chicago. During this well-rounded panel discussion featuring some of Chicago’s best and brightest in the design world, we’ll cover key events, companies, people, current issues, and career paths in the industry.”
For more pictures and a video recap please visit General Assembly’s site here: