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DesignTech Launch in conjunction with General Assembly (

Overview: Despite daily coverage of the lack of diversity in design, tech, and STEM fields, gender and racial gulfs have yet to narrow. We want to change that. So we’re partnering with the women of DesignTech, along with some of Chicago’s leading design and tech professionals, to find solutions to our industries’ inclusion issues.

What You’ll Take Away: We want you to leave the session with richer insight into what diversity means and how it impacts the future of design and technology. You’ll understand why a lack of diversity matters, and how you can take action to improve diversity at your own company. You’ll also leave with ways you can help create a more inclusive industry.

Why It Matters: Diversity is important. It’s something we know instinctively, but research backs it up. Studies show that creative solutions are a by-product of diverse experiences, perspectives and cultural backgrounds. Drawing from myriad points of view is how we build truly innovative ways to experience and interact with the world.


Shilpa Rao (, Director, UX Design and Strategy, FCB Global (

Carmen McDonald (, Sr. Product Designer (UX), CDW (

Antonio García (, VP of Diversity & Inclusion, AIGA Chicago (

Jamila Parham (, IT Project Manager, Tech Space Diversity Inclusion Advocate

Toussaint Werner (, Founder & Senior Graphic Designer, Calumet Creative


Check-in & Networking 5:30 - 6:15 pm

Panel 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Q&A and Networking 7:00 - 8:00 pm
GA Chicago Event Space
444 N. Wabash Avenue · Chicago, IL
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