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Austin, TX 78701

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Austin Design Week 2018 Presents: Roundtable: Creativity for a Better Community - Getting Practical About Giving Back

Organized by: STAV Creative


There are hundreds of answers to the question "why support and strengthen our community through your work?” But what’s the practical approach to doing that? From a collective background in graphic design, humanitarian photography, communication services, art, and advocacy film making, we invite you to join us in a conversation about creating work for good. You’ll hear about the joys of cause-driven creative, the ideas and processes of amplifying client voices through authentic storytelling, finding inspiration for work, implementing technology to reach younger audiences, and our shared belief that it takes collaboration and community support to make lasting change.

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Bo Duncan is founder and creative director at STAV Creative. Bo graduated from NYU, where she learned to be a master critic of creative marketing. That translated well when she began working in publishing, eventually evolving her teams’ skills into an agency model. After co-founding her first creative agency in 2014, she saw firsthand the power of great design. Her love of design and storytelling grew toward advocacy, and she founded STAV in 2018 with a mission to elevate brands and businesses that make the world a better place.

Kat Gibbs is a graphic designer at STAV Creative. She’s worked with numerous startups and small businesses to carefully craft brands and bring their stories to life. As a recent graduate of Texas A&M University’s Visualization program, Kat has a fresh perspective on being a young designer in the creative world. Committed to creating impactful work that is a catalyst for change, Kat excels at visual storytelling through innovative branding, advertising and illustration.

Aaron Weiss is the founder and owner of One Story Productions, an independent documentary production company creating customized videos used for marketing, websites, social media, community awareness and fundraising. Aaron’s career is dedicated to telling a wide variety of stories through his work. He is a graduate of The New School University in New York City, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies. Aaron demonstrates to organizations the value of telling stories through film - stories that create awareness, innovation, change, and value. He has created compelling videos for more than 100 organizations around the world. He is dedicated to making a difference in his community and the world. He is passionate about helping those who are disadvantaged and underrepresented through his storytelling abilities. Aaron’s films have shown at the Austin Film Festival, SXSW, Lights Camera Help, Austin Music Video Festival and the Action On Film Festival.

Nelson Guda is founder of UnBound and is an interdisciplinary artist working in projection installation art, interactive installations, film, photographic and mixed media. He began studying art as a child at the Cleveland Museum of Art and went on to study fine art and physics at Carnegie-Mellon University. During university, he spent three years in Japan studying with contemporary artists and traditional masters. He had his first solo show in Japan and then returned to the US to earn a BA in architecture and a PhD in biology. He used his background in biology to focus his artwork on a politically controversial conservation issue with National Forest lands and had his first major U.S. exhibit in the rotunda of the US Senate building in Washington, DC. During this time, Nelson developed his philosophy that actions and decisions in life are the purest form of art. In 2010 Nelson conceived of a project to blur the boundary between art and life. Called the “Enemies Project,” he traveled to conflict zones around the world to bring people together who consider themselves to be enemies. Now, after traveling six months out of every year for his art, Nelson has resettled in Austin where he is building UnBound, a startup magazine and creator community dedicated to connecting people who use creativity in any area of life.

Kathleen Lucente is President and Founder of Red Fan Communications. Nothing if not resolute, Kathleen has acted as a public relations shaman for some of the largest technology companies and some of the smallest, most promising startups during many of the most turbulent times in tech, from the rise of global telecommunications, nanotechnology and personal computing to international mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. An exceptional manager of people, clients and reputations, her ability to think critically and intuitively in a pinch has led to more than one successful crisis resolution, including the immediate fallout of 9/11 overseas and the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003. After a successful and award-winning career working for IBM, JPMorgan, Ketchum Worldwide and other global brands and agencies, Kathleen moved to Austin just as the city began its meteoric rise as a hotbed for tech startups and investment. She has helped countless companies of all stages clarify their purpose, tell their unique stories, differentiate from their competitors and establish lasting relationships with clients and customers. The tenacity with which she approaches her clients’ problems is matched only by her dedication to the Austin community. She serves on several boards and donates much of her and her staff’s time to local nonprofits that have tangible impact throughout the community, including the Trail of Lights, the ABC Kite Fest, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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