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REALTALK 02: Creativity For Positive Change

Featured Guests

David Everly (Art Director, Huge digital agency)
Fern Diaz  (Marketing Director, Huge digital agency)
Caroline Matthews  (Designer, CNN)
Lanna Apisukh (Social Media Consultant, BKC student)
Lisa Maldonado, MA, MPH (Executive Director, The Reproductive Health Access Project)

What is the role of the artist, designer, or creative professional when it comes to effecting positive change?  How can we maximize our experience, talents and skills towards creating a better future?  Join us as we discuss the current reality, and how creative folks can harness their abilities to contribute in various ways.  We'll be open to any dialogue and contributions regarding the topic, including social, political, environmental and community-oriented change.   



*Future REALTALKS will be free for Members and $10 for non-members



Here at BKC we value building community though open and honest discussion.  Starting in 2017 we'll be programming REALTALKS, a series of thoughtful and free-flowing dialogue exploring the intersection between creativity and commerce.  Each event will feature special guests from across the creative industry and highlight a topic covering various areas of the creative process, from getting inspired to growing your vision to creating sustainable business practices.  

This premiere REALTALK is completely free to the public, and a taste of things to come with our new BKC Members Program starting this month, which will provide many more topical discussions, community critiques, motivating assignments and lot more.

LISA MALDONADO is one of the founders of the Reproductive Health Access Project and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since 2005. She has devoted her career to working on reproductive health issues, especially as they affect women, adolescents and immigrants. Lisa has worked with large family planning programs in Latin America and Africa and, for over 10 years, worked with local New York City primary care clinics providing health care to Latino women and adolescents. She is on the board of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and is active within the American Public Health Association–having served as co-chair of the Association’s Abortion Task Force, President of its Latino Caucus and as a Governing Councilor for the Population, Sexual and Reproductive Health section. Lisa holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.

FERN DIAZ is the Director of Marketing at Huge, a digital design agency. In her career at the intersection of marketing and culture, she's worked on brand strategy for enterprise entrepreneurs, Fortune500 companies, e-book startups, film festival darlings, global tech conferences, Egyptian Twitter activists, independent magazines, The White House, modern mystics, and Yoko Ono. In her spare time, she runs softFocus, a theater incubator she co-founded inspired by the startup world.

CAROLINE MATTHEWS is a designer at She received a BA in Journalism from Elon University and a MS in Communication Design from Pratt. She's hustled as a nanny, receptionist and barista, tried stints in advertising and marketing and took a lot of risks before discovering her passion for news media.

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