The Creative Resistance: DWP Panel


As designers and creative professionals, we know our work increases visibility, influence, and recognition — this event features a panel of leaders actively working to create change through their work:


Liz Valentine, CEO, Swift Co. A Possible Agency

As co-founder and CEO of strategic creative agency Swift, Liz Valentine could just as easily be called Chief Empathy Officer. Her blend of East-Coast hustle, fierce conviction and razor-sharp smarts has helped power Swift's rapid rise over the past decade. But a knack for nurturing employees and leading by listening is equally essential to the company's success and Liz's evolution as a leader. She has two children, one husband, a pack of animals and lousy ability to sit still for very long.  


Eugenie Jolivett Fontana, Founder, Gather and Garner & , w(HERE), & Programming Director, AIGA Portland 

Eugenie Jolivett Fontana has enjoyed being in the arts and creative culture at every point in life. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from University of California, Irvine, she co-founded a forward thinking creative interactive design studio.  Her company worked with a wide range of industries, received awards from companies like Adobe® Systems, curated events and gallery exhibitions. Since living in the Pacific Northwest, Eugenie has been more inspired to co-create a platform for creatives POC and LGBTQ+ , called w(HERE) we are,  created Gather & Garner to share her knowledge (along side with other professionals, creatives, and makers) and serves on the board of directors at AIGA Portland.


Toni Lee Smith, Owner/Executive Creative Director, Happylucky

From working with global iconographic brands, to passion projects like U.S. Out of my Uterus, Toni has created and designed programs to interact with multicultural audiences worldwide. From a young age she saw the importance of gaining a global perspective and educating herself on issues beyond the immediate. It was Toni’s passion and belief in equal human rights that sparked a lifetime of activism and exploration of the ways in which art/graphic design can influence and change minds, transforming her experiences and knowledge into creative solutions. In her current role as the Owner/Executive Creative Director she is responsible for guiding the creative for brand building, retail design, environmental installations, activations and events. Her forte is building passionate, talented and diverse teams and assuring that Happylucky operates with Focus, Respect, Integrity, Loyalty, Perfection, Curiosity and Heart; or as we call it, FRILPCH.


Laura Whipple, Founder/President,  Scout Books

Laura Whipple is a print culture entrepreneur with a heart of gold. She’s the CEO and Co-founder of Scout Books, a custom book manufacturing company housed in two incredibly yellow buildings in Portland, Oregon. Always the enthusiast, her work is fueled by a love for ink, paper, collaboration, nature, and the making of meaningful things. A former Fulbright scholar, she’s served as a member of the Advisory Team for Design Week Portland, and holds Bachelor degrees in Anthropology and History from Willamette University. She's part of the Equity Alliance at Scout Books and is helping the company become a certified B Corp this year. A native Oregonian, she lives and works in SE Portland with her husband Austin and their two daughters (& four chickens, two cats, and family dog :). Along with her incredible team, she's had the honor of working with thousands of inspiring clients over the past fifteen years, including the Center for Civic Design, Wikipedia, United by Blue, 33 Books, 99% Invisible, Etsy, Travel Portland, WordPress, WeWork, Squarespace, Bitch Media, The Sketchbook Project, The NY Times, Google, and WeMake.


Introduction by Visible

Visible is an alliance of activists working within the creative industry to provide free graphic design, web development and other services to organizations fighting for social, environmental and civil rights causes. Our members take a pledge to commit to completing at least one pro-bono project each year for the next four years.


TUESDAY, 4/25/2017 - 6PM - 8PM



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