Since January of 2017 I have been on the board of the NY Chapter of AIGA. AIGA is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design with more than 70 chapters and 25,000+ members. AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. From content that defines the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, we work to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.
As Chair of the Membership Committee, I’ve been tasked with growing our membership by producing compelling programming and recruiting creative professionals from disciplines not historically associated with design – innovation leads, entrepreneurs, data scientists and others. In February of 2018, we’ll be launching a series on the Future of Work and the creative economy as well as skills-building workshop and entrepreneurial education. Topics will include:
- The Future of the Creative Economy - February 15
- Design + Tech: Design + Tech: The Changing Landscape - March 1
- Zooming Out: Mapping Out Your Design Path - March 7
- Design Tools for the Future - April 12
- Designing for AR/VR + The Screenless World - May 3
- Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning + Deep Learning - June 14
- Design + Ethics - September
- Voice + Gesture Design - October
- Designing for Aging Populations - November
- Running a Small Business - February 22
- How To Launch a Creative Studio or Startup - March 3
- Leading Creative Teams - March 9
- Salary, Promotion + Negotiation Skills
- Preparing For Your Next Job: Personal Branding
THE NYC INNOVATION COLLECTIVE
The NYC Innovation Collective is a nonprofit alliance comprised of New York’s top incubators, accelerators and innovation programs focused on tech, media, education, fintech, fashion, education, health, travel and social impact.
The idea for such a network came to me while I was running Google’s incubator for design entrepreneurs called 30 Weeks. With issues like long-term financial sustainability, curriculum design, and strong mentorship on my mind, I invited a network of professionals leading programs to share knowledge, resources, and insights over the course of at year at the 30 Weeks studio. Eight of my colleagues joined me to form the core leadership interested in taking the network to the next level. In January of 2017 we became a 501c6 nonprofit organization. Our community includes 90+ leadership-level decision makers whose organizations represent thousands of startups based locally, nationally and internationally. Our mission is to shape and strengthen the innovation ecosystem through increased collaboration, transparency and access in the new economy. We offer support to our members by convening gatherings, producing events and sharing resources pertaining to funding sources, curriculum building, economic growth and leadership training.
See the Forbes article by Rosemarie Truman about us: "What It Takes To Create An Enduring Entrepreneurial Ecosystem"