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Passion + Purpose in Creative Careers

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IBM Design Studio

11501 Burnet Road

Building 903, (building is in back) 7th floor

Austin, TX 78758

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HERdacity and Women In Digital Austin are excited to co-present a panel of creative women who have used digital to enhance their craft, build their businesses, and express themselves. These talented speakers will share their stories of how art, creativity and digital intersect in their careers, passion projects, and more.

Join the discussion and network with other brilliant women dedicated to economic empowerment in Austin’s digital and creative community.

This event is free for Women In Digital and HERdacity members.

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Check-in. Mix + Mingle
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Speakers: Mary Flanagan, President + CEO, HERdacity; Mica May, Founder + CEO, May Designs; Kusko, Global Marketing + Social Good Advocate, Dell; and Haidy Perez-Francis, Senior Design Manager, IBM.
7:30 – 8:00 pm: Ask + Give Exchange. Women In Digital will lead an interactive exercise that empowers women to ask for and give support and advice. After Asks + Gives open networking will resume.

Mary Flanagan

President + CEO
HERdacity
Mary is the President & CEO of HERdacity, a women’s leadership nonprofit dedicated to driving women’s economic empowerment by bringing women together to support each other to lead their best lives. She speaks regularly at conferences and workshops on women’s leadership, women in the workplace issues, career and networking. Prior to joining HERdacity, Mary was the Director of Business Planning & Analytics in Dell/EMC’s multi-billion-dollar Retail segment where she led strategy and marketing initiatives. While at Dell, Mary led Dell’s Legacy of Good initiative for the 1000+ member Consumer and Small Business group. In 2016, Mary was selected to lead Dell’s PRIDE community global pillar to drive LGBT diversity and inclusion. Dell earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation “Best Place to Work” for LGBT 2016, 2017.

Mica May
Founder + CEO
May Designs
Mica May is the Founder and CEO of May Designs, a lifestyle brand that specializes in customized notebooks, stationary, and more. A graphic designer by trade, Mica started designing her own unique patterned notebooks in 2009. People began to take notice of her notebooks and started calling them “May” books. Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, Mica decided that her whimsical notebooks could be scaled for the masses, so she launched May Designs and used digital to build her brand into the growing e-commerce business it is today. May Designs has been named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, and has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Austin Women, and Real Simple.

Kusko
Global Marketing, Customer Engagement and Social Good
Dell
Kusko is a forward-thinking leader in digital innovation through human engagement, as well as, a public speaker on the topics of Impact for Human Kind. Kusko has 18 years of marketing experience, including 13 years in the digital online space. As an agency Creative Director, Kusko has amplified brand marketing for past clients including Adidas, HP, Red Bull, REI, Intel, North Face, and Proctor & Gamble, among others. Currently, Kusko works for Dell Technologies, managing creative marketing and innovative engagements for global retail environments through activations in virtual and augmented realities. When not working, you can find Kusko following her passion as an adventuring humanitarian, “tiger nabbing” famous landmarks around the world, on Instagram’s Happy Tiger Tales with a mission of connecting humanity through happiness. Learn more with Kusko’s TEDx Talk entitled "Impact Beyond Purpose."

Haidy Francis
IBM Security Design Executive
As Design leader for IBM Security, Haidy Francis manages product design for Security’s SaaS solutions. With more than 15 years of experience designing within enterprise software, Haidy continues to drive innovation by focusing on user needs and behavior while driving large-scale software design across the globe. Haidy combines her "unite to get it done" mentality with product execution expertise to build high performing teams focused on delivering value to their customers.


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Created in 2016, Women In Digital is an association dedicated to accelerating the advancement and growth of women in digital creative fields by giving women the most powerful tool in their arsenal – one another. Women In Digital is a network that connects the most powerful women on the planet. Together, we join together to share knowledge, to inspire each other and to become empowered by that strength.Learn more about Women in Digital here.






Thank you to our partner IBM Studios, a global network of studios where business outcomes are achieved using design and IBM Design Thinking. IBM Studios is a global platform of 45 studio locations that allow us to amplify and accelerate innovation and human centered product and service delivery. IBM now has 1,600 formally trained designers who take on the most difficult challenges facing IBM and their clients. IBM Studios provide unique, highly collborative spaces were clients and IBM whole teams can co-create with their users in new ways.

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IBM Design Studio

11501 Burnet Road

Building 903, (building is in back) 7th floor

Austin, TX 78758

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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