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With TeLisa Daughtry (Founder, FlyTechnista), Laura Kleger (Dir. Interactive, Guggenheim Museum & Partner, Quadratic Media), Danielle Kayembe (Founder, GreyFire Impact), Dan Mall (Founder, SuperFriendly), Jia Wertz (Founder, Studio 15).
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 06:30 PM    Cost: $15
Ustwo, 26 Broadway, 16th Fl

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Purpose X Design

Work is work, right? We don't need to like it - just need to collect that paycheck.

Obviously not! Our careers are meant to be the manifestations of our dreams come true. We commit ourselves, work hard, & dream big - so why do we often struggle to find purpose in our work? Why does the grass always seem to be greener on the other side, even when we've made great efforts to get where we are?

In this Designers + Geeks, we're bring together a distinguished group of speakers to look at the topic of 'purpose.' We'll discuss ways to find meaning in your work, & lessons learned along the way. Our speakers have lived, learned, & worked hard to build great careers - they'll share how they did it.


Silvia Christmann is an expert at helping high-achievers reach their next level of success. She is growth coach & advisor to CEOs & entrepreneurs. She was born in Germany & currently spends her time with clients between New York, LA, London, Berlin, & Asia.

TELISA DAUGHTRY | Founder of FlyTechnista

TeLisa Daughtry is a social entrepreneur, multi-disciplined creative, & self-taught developer of 19 years. She is the Founder & CEO of &; both have participated in The White House #CSforAll initiative.

In 2016 TeLisa was recognized as a Changemaker by The White House' United State of Women Summit, for Innovation & Entrepreneurship; she been listed #19 'Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017'; & she was recognized as a finalist for a 2017 Diversity in Tech Award. She is a Google Women Techmaker; a mentor at The Lower East Side Girls Club, & iMentor; a Next Step Advisor to Women@Forbes; & a participant in Y-Combinator Startup School. She is passionate about coding, creativity, technology, innovation, & entrepreneurship; & empowering women, youth, & underrepresented groups of people in these spaces.

LAURA KLEGER | Dir of Interactive @ Guggenheim Museum & Partner @ Quadratic Media

Laura Kleger leads teams in the domains of technology, design, art, & film. Shes worked at the Guggenheim Museum since 2009, overseeing the museums web & mobile products including numerous launches & a 2016 redesign of lauded as a model for other institutions by the American Alliance of Museums. Her award-winning team extends the Guggenheim's mission of sharing art & ideas & supports visitation at the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright building.

As co-founder of Quadratic Media, Laura produced & distributed the film The Discoverers, which was a New York Times Critics Pick, released theatrically across America, & is in worldwide distribution. Prior to the Guggenheim, Laura served in leadership roles at interactive agencies, owned a photography studio, founded a curatorial collective, & exhibited her artwork internationally. She graduated cum laude from Yale University & has an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, & Shiba Inu.

DANIELLE KAYEMBE | Founder & CEO of GreyFire Impact

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur who works on projects at the intersection of women & social impact. Ms. Kayembe was a founding partner in initiatives to bring investors like TechStars, 500 Startups & Wingpact, from Silicon Valley to tour growing tech hubs in Africa. Through her wellness startup, Powerbase Meditation, she helps high-impact women step into authentic leadership. Danielle is an advisor to social impact startups & a mentor to Columbia Universitys startup accelerator. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to women, social impact, technology & Africa at the United Nations, TEDx, Google, General Assembly & other events.

DAN MALL | Founder & Director of SuperFriendly

Dan Mall is a creative director & advisor from Philly. Hes the founder & executive director of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that brings exquisite creative direction & design to the worlds most important & interesting organizations. Dan is an enthralled husband & dad, author of Pricing Design, & co-founder & CEO of SuperBooked, a service that helps you find work with a little help from your friends. He writes about design & other issues on Twitter & on his industry-recognized site,

JIA WERTZ | Founder & CEO of Studio 15

Jia is the Founder & CEO of Studio 15, a socially responsible fashion brand for millennial women. Through Studio 15s commitment to philanthropy, the company has funded more than 30 successful ventures for female entrepreneurs in Africa.


Please note: this event will be hosted at the fabulous ustwo studio. Please check the location before you make your way over!


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