Dawn Myers | October 25
Dawn Myers, Founder, and CEO of THE MOST, brings a decade of business development and marketing experience, having managed global practices at the nation's top law and financial services firms. Dawn first learned the art of building a business from the ground up by growing a real estate development portfolio during her firm career. A lawyer and graduate of Dartmouth's Business Bridge Program, Dawn combines her management experience with her abiding passion for hair and beauty to bring tailored solutions to complex issues in the textured hair care industry. Let's talk about the three billion dollars a year at least, that Black Women spend on their hair. This doesn't include your at-home braiders or extension specialists who may not have their business's registered, or the entrepreneurs making hair products from their home kitchen.
Rachel Dickerson | July 12
Rachel Dickerson is the Founder and Director of New Community Artspace in DC. With 20 years of experience as a visual artist and in community-based art programming, public art projects, and arts real estate, Rachel Dickerson brings a passion for integrating art into our everyday experiences. She offers effective oversight and management skills to large and small-scale public art, real estate projects, and community-based art programing through the collaboration with architects, planners, artists, neighborhood leaders, residents of all ages, and public authorities. She thrives on collaborating with others to create strong, creative, insightful projects.
Mike and Shani Hart | September 13
The intimacy, pleasure and relationship strategist is a co-owner of Hart’s Desires, a chain of erotic boutiques in the Washington, DC and Maryland area. Shani uses her boutiques as the launching pad for her educational platform which focuses on women and sexuality, sexual health and wellness, and liberated sensuality. Shani is proud to be a resident sex guru by experience and education. She isn't afraid to share that most of her learning comes from having a lot of sex; while, her knowledge comes from formal education. She is an ISEE trained sex educator, speaker, and sexuality coach. Shani hopes to help women remove the shame and guilt surrounding their sexual desires and needs. She loves sharing her spicy sex tips, tricks, and resources with those who are ready to listen and learn while having fun.
Stuart Eisendrath, MD | October 4
UCSF Depression Center
Dr. Stuart Eisendrath is a psychiatrist who cares for patients with depressive disorders. He leads groups in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to treat depression and anxiety. He was the UCSF Depression Center's founding director. Eisendrath's research has focused on using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to treat depression. Stuart Eisendrath, MD, is the author of When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough and the founding director of the University of California San Francisco Depression Center. A senior clinician and research psychiatrist at UCSF, his lectures on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the University of California TV have been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
Behind The Mind Radio Show is a 1-hour bi-weekly talk show airing LIVE ON Friday 11 am (EST) and Tuesday 7 pm (EST), showcasing design thinkers, visionaries, game changers and innovators; while shedding light on designers of well-known and upcoming products and services both domestically and internationally.
Lorraine Justice, Ph.D. | July 26
Lorraine has been at the forefront of design and technology for decades. She is an internationally known design educator, Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and serves on the editorial board for 6 international design journals. ID Magazine named her one of the Top 40 Designers. She is widely recognized as having helped shape the field of design through her work as a design researcher, speaker, author, and educator. She is a TED speaker and has been featured as a design expert on TV, radio, and social media. Her second book, The Future of Design, Global Product Innovation for a Complex World (Nicholas Brealey, 2019) addresses how can we design successful products for the future, that will affect our future global products, services, and experiences.
Location: Washington, DC
Kristi Hugstad | October 18
Kristi Hugstad is the author of Beneath the Surface: A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out when You or Your Friend Is in Crisis. Ever since her husband completed suicide in 2012, after years of struggling with clinical depression, by running in front of a train, she has dedicated her life to helping to abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide. A certified grief recovery specialist and a grief and loss facilitator for recovering addicts at South Coast Behavioral Health, Kristi frequently speak at high schools. She is also the host of The Grief Girl podcast and lives in Orange County, California. In the wake of epic grief, Kristi's life has found a new trajectory. She discovered a deep desire to inspire and help those in need, not just physically but emotionally, psychologically, and even spiritually.
Liz Rose Chmela and Kojo Boateng | September 20
DC Design Week is an annual community event, produced by AIGA, over the course of a week in the District. The DC design community is an ever-growing body of professionals, makers, and voices working across disciplines to make our city more curious creative.
Liz Rose, 2019 Chair of DC Design Week, is the Founder and Creative Director of Made by We, a DC-based design studio committed to social impact through exceptional design. Kojo Boateng, Programming Director for 2019 DC Design Week, is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer and creative director from London, now living and working Washington DC.