Women in Design: Leaders Shaping the Industry

Research shows that women in leadership result in a more profitable business - so why aren’t more women in leadership positions? Hear from four talented women who have risen to the top and learn their story, passions, and what they see as the future of the design industry.

Thursday, April 11
Center for Architecture & Design
1801 McGee
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108
$15 + fees in advance ($20 at door)
5:30pm - 7:30pm
5:30pm Registration
6:00pm - 7:30pm Panel Discussion

Cady Beansmith

As the leader of Barkley’s Experience Design practice, Cady believes that our ability to transform the human experience through design is the highest calling of our work. She guides multi-disciplinary teams to create connected brand experiences that result in new digital platforms, spatial environments, and experience innovation offerings. Before joining Barkley, Cady worked as an associate creative director, an design educator, and an in-house designer in the museum setting. She provides a background in experiential design, interaction design, and human-centered design strategy to the team. An active member of the Kansas City design community, Cady serves as on the AIGA KC leadership board and was recently appointed by Mayor Sly James to Kansas City’s Smart City Advisory Board.

Emily Harrold

A strategic and flexible thinker, Emily is keenly focused on the big picture for clients and Gould Evans while caring deeply about the details. Emily tackles design problems with clarity, bringing intelligent insights and new ideas to the table. She’s resourceful, creating exceptional design opportunities out of even the most challenging constraints.

Erika Moody

Erika learned early on in her career that she loved working with people, making their everyday spaces better with design while exceeding expectations. Her ability to lead multidisciplinary teams in creating corporate office environments that are as creative as they are functional is unmatched in the Kansas City region. She possesses unique expertise in translating programming, environmental, quality and budgetary criteria into cohesive design solutions, and is recognized for the ability to create a “sense of place” through subtle design elements that are as creative as they are functional. As a principal at Helix Architecture + Design, she has played a leading role in the development of innovative spaces. 

Megan Stephens

Since joining Willoughby in 1998, Megan has led a large range of brand identity, consumer packaged goods and retail experience projects. A dynamic workshop moderator, Megan oversees our people-centered strategic process and has guided numerous boards, leadership teams and internal marketing groups through our proven series of exercises to hone core vision, values, positioning and jumpstart creativity. Whether infusing new energy to help brands compete in the ever-changing marketplace or creating new brands from the ground up, Megan specializes in framing the challenge, envisioning possibilities, developing ideas and then working with the design team to bring those ideas to life.

Julie Vinh

Julie approaches creative work the way she does the rest of her life: always seeking different perspectives, discovering new opportunities, and asking “why”? Her career has included experience in industries from architecture to CPG to branding, solving creative problems in digital and live experiences, producing on paper and in pixels. Ultimately, she finds satisfaction in projects that serve a greater need. Now, as Director of Hallmark’s Social Content Studio, Julie leads a cross-discipline team responsible for envisioning consumers’ relationships to an established brand in an ever-evolving space. She also enjoys ice cream.

Women in Design: Leaders Shaping the Industry Thursday, April 11