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For the past few years, I've taught branding workshops in New York City to entrepreneurs ages 5 to 55. In these workshops, I help new entrepreneurs who have great ideas or companies but lack the resources or skills to develop the marketing and branding around their companies and products. Specifically, they learn how to develop their logo, branding colors, overall messaging, discover great online resources and so forth. The best part has been to see the young entrepreneurs watch their ideas come to life and learn that their creativity and offerings are just as valid as everyone else's. After a series of workshops about branding and business, they all get to pitch their businesses to investors.
I've also worked with after school programs, teachers and technology instructors to develop curriculum that makes learning new technologies exciting for middle school students. Topics range from photography, photo manipulation, 3D printing, location mapping etc. This led to me designing worksheets for local middle schoolers in the area in order to make curriculum more fun. In addition to this, I've facilitated makeathons, where I teach people how to build their own personal or professional websites.
All of this work I've done has been centered around the importance of learning and social good. I'm so excited to expand on this by arming other educators with small (but mighty) tools they can use to positively shape young minds.
Creativity is key! Using technology, design or imagination to make learning more exciting is what further sparked my love for school and learning, so it's the cornerstone of my products and style.
Steal This Idea International T-shirt Design Award
Ignite Change Regional Design Award (2)
Ebony Harlem Community Design Award
IBM Mentor Program
Bill Gates Research Scholar
Bachelor of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University
MFA in Design and Technology, Parsons The New School For Design
As a small town kid, nearly in poverty at one point, I recognized early on that education was my first class ticket to better opportunities. What I lacked in material things, I gained in knowledge. It was those teachers who pushed me, made learning exciting and showed true care for my well-being that let me know that my education was most valuable and something that couldn't be taken away. I felt different from the other kids growing up because I was one of few who remained obsessed with art, any assignment that required imaginative thinking or doing, colorful storytelling or creative projects. This wasn't just play for me, but what I wanted to center my life around. That obsession led me to design school, first in undergrad learning graphic design and then in graduate school learning design and technology.
Now as a designer, entrepreneur and instructor in New York City, which has always been my dream, I constantly look for ways to spread my knowledge. With my love of pop culture, the social media and tech age, music and so forth, I'm excited to use my skills and resources to help teachers usher in more creativity in the classroom. I know there are tons of kids, who are just like me, eager to learn and create; Not just to create within the classroom but to create what will ultimately become a better life for themselves and others.