Content Meet-Up events provide the creative community with an opportunity to meet industry professionals from top design agencies and art departments in the South Bay for discussions and portfolio reviews, while also providing space for networking. The next Content Meet-Up will be during happy hour at the AC Hotel San Jose Downtown on March 21, 2018 from 6pm–8pm.
Sarah is a Fulbright scholar and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where her research explored how prosperous and sustainable social structures take physical form through design. This work ultimately led to the foundation of a social enterprise to reintegrated street children into society and empower their mothers, called LettuceBee Kids. Sarah is also an Acumen and iCats fellow and an Igniter from Stanford. She is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, strategy, and brand with engagements that include FUSE Design, TEDx, World Future Society, Foresight & Trends, universities, and international conferences. Currently, Sarah leads the Kiva office in Silicon Valley. Kiva fosters financial democracy and helps small businesses raise interest-free capital.
Cindy thrives at the intersection of design and leadership. Having earned her BFA in graphic design from San Jose State University, she proudly represents herself as a creative formed by the city in which she was born, raised, and educated. On a mission to enrich the creative community in San Jose, Cindy joins Mighty Threads as the agency’s creative studio manager, overseeing the design team as well as managing the agency’s operations. Her hybrid role gives her a unique insight into the agency as a business strategist and consultant, in addition to her responsibilities as an acting creative director. Her passion lies in nurturing the creative concepts of designers, helping others gain the clarity and strategy needed to realize and execute their ideas. Cindy specializes in the design of brand systems, user experience, and print editorial, having worked with the likes of AIGA, La Cocina Kitchen Incubator, and Communication Arts magazine.
A native of San Jose and the Bay Area, Daniel Garcia’s entrepreneur journey began as a fashion photographer in the 1980s. After a decade of running his own photo business, he launched out to begin nonprofit work focusing on the spiritual formation of college students. Feeling a strong leaning to bring his two passions together, being an artist and serving the community, he began Content Magazine. As the Cultivator, Daniel seeks to grow and develop a high quality, well-designed magazine that displays the beauty of life and his hometown. His work with Content Magazine has provided opportunities to work with local clients on branding campaigns as a creative director and client relations manager, as well as being able to represent artists and connect them to clients and local agencies.
Kaitlyn Horner is the digital and creative producer on Epsilon’s embedded team at Google. She has worked on a variety of brands stretching from B2B (Aruba Networks) to B2C (Google). As an alumna of San Jose State University, she comes from an advertising background, but has grown to love all things digital. Before starting her career in the Bay Area, she had the opportunity to live and work in New York for an ad agency, Havas Worldwide, where she also held the position of digital producer. She loves creativity and strategy, which leads to her deep interest in user experience design. She loves being hands-on throughout the creative process and enjoys getting in the trenches with her teams. Bringing the beauty of creativity and the logic of why people should and will want to pay attention gets her out of bed in the morning. Outside of work, she is the president of Silicon Valley’s AD2 program and an active board member for AAF Silicon Valley. She also enjoys photography and getting her hands on DIY projects.
Douglas Hughmanick is a co-founder of ANML, an agency specializing in digital creations, and co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms, a travel focused media company. Recently, he and his team have been working on: connected kitchen products with Yummly and Whirlpool; a digital destination for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown; and designing books for a Roads & Kingdoms travel series. Since taking on his first freelance project in 2003, Doug has worked with some of the most successful startups, largest enterprise companies, and most well-known consumer brands.
As the creative director at Signet, Neil leads product user experience design, professional content services for client initiatives, and internal brand and marketing along with engaging with enterprise clients on their new large-format digital visual language, workplace engagement strategy, and environmental customer experience planning.
Juan is the founder and CEO of the digital agency Baunfire. Born in digital, he brings years of experience to the table with an extensive background in UI/UX design, branding, and digital strategy. From startups to B2B companies to global consumer brands, Juan and his team are dedicated to helping ambitious brands succeed. Currently, he leads his growing team of creatives, developers, and strategists to build award-winning web platforms and digital campaigns. As for the future, Juan has great ambitions for the agency, which include growing his team of top-tier talent and partnering with the high-profile companies that are driving tech culture forward.
Since moving to California from the East Coast in 2000, Jody Ulate has worked with Bay Area nonprofits and universities, using her writing talents, visual literacy, and leadership to advance public higher education and to support organizations that promote the greater good. As senior director of marketing communications in San José State University Strategic Communications and Marketing, Ulate leads a creative team of brilliant staff and contract writers, editors, print designers, web and UX designers, photographers, video producers, and illustrators. She also serves as editor of Washington Square, SJSU’s alumni magazine. After twelve years at the university and more than 30 issues of Washington Square, Ulate continues to evolve the magazine to increase the engagement of its 80,000+ print and digital readers, ages 22 to 102, from every discipline and background. She finds inspiration in telling the stories of resilient SJSU Spartans who work hard to make the world a better place. She has a bachelor’s in international studies (Latin America concentration) from American University in Washington, D.C. A proud Spartan, she has a master’s in English from San José State.
This event is presented in partnership with the AC Hotel San Jose Downtown.
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