The Strength & Courage Series: Women in Design

  • Thursday, April 03, 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • GA Boston, 51 Melcher Street Boston, MA 02210


Join Wonder Women of Boston and General Assembly for a dialogue on Design in Boston and beyond. Here is your chance to hear from local designers about challenges they've experienced over the course of their career and turning points along the way that made all the difference for them.


Speakers include:

Margaret Jacobi is a creative thinker for a broad range of user experiences, Margaret brings focus to the process of translating business and technical requirements into successful user experiences. As the Principal Designer of Digital Experience at Essential, Margaret engages clients collaboratively by applying strategic thinking to the design development process so that solutions are usable, flexible and scalable. Prior to joining Essential, she worked at Six Red Marbles, Sapient and Fitch. Margaret has a Master of Industrial Design.

Karen Korellis Reuther is a creative and brand strategy consultant to private equity, venture capital and leading corporations. Her experience includes, 12 years at Nike, owning a design firm in Munich, Germany and at Ziba, a world-class design and innovation firm where she was director of consumer insights and trends. As global creative director at Nike, Karen led the creative vision and implementation of design strategies from product creation to merchandising across footwear, apparel and equipment including, an industry-leading organization and process that leveraged the power and emotion of trend, color and materials. She is currently a partner at Cast Collective and an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Karen is also a regular contributor to

Sonya Mead is versed in applying a user-centric design vision to any experience, as Director of Digital Experiences at Essential Sonya brings expertise in visual communication and interaction design for projects integrating user experience, design research and brand strategy. She has worked with consumer brands, media developers, financial, legal and medical clients developing web sites to product interfaces. Prior to joining Essential, she worked at local companies including WGBH, IDEO, Fitch, and Sapient. Sonya has a MFA in Visual Communication.

 Avni Trivedi spent her formative years immersed in the rich history, vibrant fashion and beautiful art of the Indian culture. As a young woman, Trivedi was fascinated by the crafts of local artisans and handmade fabrics she encountered at artisan fairs in the villages of Gujarat. Her fascination transformed into a hobby and she began designing clothes from local handmade fabrics. Trivedi continued her hobby and relocated to the United States in 2004 as a business student and upon graduating, worked five years in large corporations. In 2010, the Boston-based Trivedi decided to leave the corporate world, so that she could make her hobby into a successful business. She created the Avni fashion brand, which blends her Eastern heritage with her Western urban aesthetic, to provide a contemporary, organic fashion line for women.

About The Strength & Courage Series

A series of dialogues in which local business owners, changemakers, and experts in their fields share professional challenges, lessons learned, and stories of when they've had to exercise strength or courage during their careers. For panelists, these dialogues are a chance to share what they know and are passionate about with others. For all Wonder Women of Boston, panelists and participants alike, these events are an opportunity to come together, support one another around professional challenges, and celebrate successes.

These two hour events typically begin with a panel and then open up to a larger Q&A discussion. Light snacks and beverages will be served.


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