Tanarra is a Managing Director at Accenture Interactive, leading Design in the Midwest. Over her 20+ year career, she’s designed everything from corporate education programs to healthcare apps to business models, both as a consultant and as a member of “in-house” design teams. Tanarra is a product of a very eclectic background. She’s been a dancer, cook, event planner, designer and — most recently — a mother.
TL Uglow ('Tea') is Creative Director for Google's Creative Lab in Sydney. She works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the space between technology and the arts and what can happen where they intersect. Tea has a history in the arts, a love of literature, and a problem with staying focused. She speaks graphics geek, a bit of web‑dev, some Python, a touch of digital strategy, remedial project management, and really bad French. In May 2018 Tea was celebrated as one of Australia's #OUT50 LGBTQ Leaders by Deloitte and in the same month Editions at Play was awarded a Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award.
Jess Gosling is a UK Civil Servant, an Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Academic & International Strategy / Culture / Diversity / Leadership Consultant. Named 27th in the Top 100 Women Future Leaders 2020, Jess has consistently strived to bridge the gap between culture, diplomacy and innovation. Last year she began her PhD in interdisciplinary thinking, focusing on how soft power is understood, what metrics we use and how successful it is as a term. In January 2021, Jess launched Gosling & Co. to challenge the perceptions around self-promotion, unconscious biases and imposter syndrome facing women and under-represented groups.
Jane is a writer and editor with over 15 years’ experience in branding and journalism, working across Sydney and London. Jane is passionate about bringing verbal identity to life in distinctive, creative and compelling ways. She believes by bringing a strategic and creative lens to design, we can create the blueprints for how brands use language to communicate. Her work has been recognised and awarded by D&AD, AGDA and The Best awards.
Sumita is a senior designer with over a decade of experience in broadcast, advertising and design. For Sumita, brands are living, breathing entities. Her approach to design stems from a belief that we live in a dynamic, motion-first world. Her diverse experience and hands-on approach to creativity equips her with the agency to lead cross-functional design projects large and small.
Over her career, Nicola has pioneered numerous agency services for customer experience, retail strategy, workplace strategy and brand for place. She has built offerings in professional service consultancies, led agencies, created client-side brand functions and founded startups. She has worked across most sectors including place, retail, property and financial. She has worked extensively in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Gabby Lord is a small human with a boss surname. More importantly, she’s an Australian designer and art director who has achieved great things wherever she has been across the world. From Australia to Germany, the US and beyond. She is now the Co-Founder of Super Keen Studio with Lauren Wong.
Living and working in New York, Lauren is a BIPOC and female-identifying brand strategy leader with deep experience in brand strategy, design research, innovation strategy, and trends analysis. Lauren has a passion for building brands with and for historically excluded founders/communities. She is now the Co-Founder of Super Keen Studio with Gabby Lord.
Alex is a pragmatic design leader and juggler of life (featuring three small children and a dog, Frida) who loves organized chaos and systemic thinking. She was a founding member of the Atlassian Design System and is currently redefining the future of work for Confluence, Atlassian's remote collaborative workspace product for all teams.
Dr. Andy Polaine is a designer, educator, coach and writer who helps clients build and grow their own design and innovation capability, transform their organisations and themselves. He is co-author of the Rosenfeld Media book, Service Design: From Insight to Implementation, now a standard text for Service Design. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney. He can be found online at polaine.com, on Twitter as @apolaine. He writes a popular newsletter called Doctor’s Note and hosts the Power of Ten podcast.
After 30+ years running a graphic design firm, Carol pivoted from client-focused projects to consult to the design industry. Now with the Design Business Council Carol uses her experience, and research, to help designers build robust, sustainable businesses, and help businesses integrate, and profit from, design. Carol is a mentor, friend and advocate for many in the creative industry and a great friend of Never Not Creative.
From first establishing HM, 22 years ago, Nancy has always believed that design is everything – it’s an integral part of everybody’s life. It helps guide people, communicate messages and can offer a solution to even the most complex issue. This philosophy still rings true today. As a creative Managing Director, Nancy is a constant innovator, continually exploring the ways in which her work is applicable to new methods of communication.
Manon is a digital marketer with international experience with brands including Nike, L’Oreal and Google. Manon has a passion for challenging ideas and building diverse and inclusive content. She is an advocate for the rights of women and successfully and smartly uses digital platforms to raise awareness and improve outcomes for women.
Tom is the Co-Founder and CEO of B-Corp certified agency Nice and Serious. In 2008 he co-founded Nice and Serious with a clear purpose: to make creative work the world needs. Since then he’s exclusively worked with pioneering charities and brands to make creative work that amplifies social and environmental causes. From international brands like IKEA, Unilever, Innocent and Ben & Jerrys, to pioneering charities like Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Alliance and Parkrun.
Jess is a co-founder at The Open Arms, a creative company that strives to weaponise empathy to help communities thrive. After a near 20 year career as an award-winning writer and creative director in some of the world's most renown ad agencies, Jess realised the culture of the ad world just wasn't working for her (or her family). She joined forces with a couple of great people to create something a little different. Their goal is to make work with a social purpose that leaves their patch of the world a little better than they found it. Jess continues to balance work with personal creative projects across public radio, photography, film and theatre.
Amber is the Founder and Managing Director of award-winning business The Edison Agency. Amber’s a branding and identity strategist, guest lecturer, speaker and current President of Creative Women’s Circle. With over 20 years experience across diverse industry sectors, Amber has a vested interest in both traditional and disruptive design methods that activate, provoke and inspire. Amber helps organisations and brands connect, transform, excite, gain trust, disrupt, transform and be seen.
Lizzie Bildner is a Chicago-based branding and marketing consultant. You’ve probably used one of her client’s apps on your phone (Twitter, Uber, Wingspan) or in real life (Lola). Lizzie’s CV includes an impressive list of the worlds most celebrated design consultancies from IDEO to Interbrand. She’s great friends with Amanda Munilla.
Amanda has spent her career creating brands that match business ambition. She’s delivered strategic and innovative solutions in partnership with global brands like AT&T, Uber, Google, Johnson & Johnson and the Carlsberg Group. Amanda leads a cross-discipline team to deliver work that transforms businesses and the experiences employees and customers have with companies. She’s currently the Managing Director of Wolff Olins in San Francisco (and great friends with Lizzie Bildner).
By his own admission, Daniele Fiandaca is the very definition of privilege: white, male, straight, middle class and privately educated. As Founder of Creative Social he often spoke about issues facing the creative industry including the lack of gender diversity. Daniele setup the Token Man community to create a safe space for conversation and get men to improve their education and get a better understanding of the challenges women face. Daniele is Founder of Utopia, a culture change business that re-wires organisations for the Age of Creativity.
Deborah helps events and organisations to connect with the superhero thinkers of today - the thought leaders and change-makers working on the bleeding edge of business and culture.
Founder of Propela and Curator-at-large for ReDesign Business and The Future Of_, Deborah has built a global network of moon-shooting experts that can help companies thrive.
Kelly co-founded Barking Owl, a commercial sound and music company in Los Angeles. As a female leader she's focused on inclusivity, female empowerment and cultivating a diverse staff, including 73% women and minorities. It's her mission to give women a voice in the male-dominated advertising and music industries.
Helen Job has worked in future forecasting for two decades, leading multi-disciplinary, global futures, and strategy teams for Flamingo, WGSN and MTV in New York and London. Helen co-founded disruptive futures, insight and strategy collective The Akin and most recently TCOLab, a problem solving lab within creative agency TCO. Alongside her corporate work Helen is an educational practitioner. She conceptualised the Global Trend Forecasting Curriculum for Parsons School of Design, in New York and is a visiting lecturer for the University of the Arts, General Assembly and Hyper Island in London.
Nadine ‘Nads’ Spencer is a Female Leader and a Creative & Content Director with over 15 years experience in the industry. Every single person on this Speaker List has an amazing career both behind and ahead of them, but it’s what we leave for our successors that will make the change. Instead of a list of brands, agencies and awards that she has worked with and won, Nads chose to share her self-written Leadership Philosophy.Dear Reader,
I am not a mother, yet I have many children.
I am not a teacher, yet I have many pupils.
I am not a fighter, yet I will go to war for those I believe in.
I am not a healer, yet I will always try mend their wounds.
I am not perfect in any way, I fall, I slip, I make mistakes, but I learn.
I am not here because of someone else or because of luck.
I am not here because I found a way to jump the queue.
I am here because this is where I belong,
and where I belong is leading next to you.