Closing Session: Keynote and Matrices Panel Session
3:45 - 4:55pm | Lecture Hall
Founder of The 3% Conference, Advertising Creative Director
Kat Gordon has been called the “triple threat” of an entrepreneur, ad woman + marketing to women expert and was named one of "30 Most Creative Women in Advertising" by BusinessInsider in 2016 and one of “Forty Over 40” women disrupting the world in 2014. She is the visionary behind The 3% Conference. Started as a passion project to spotlight a huge business opportunity in advertising -- the lack of female creative leadership and its impact on connecting with an overwhelmingly female marketplace -- the 3% Conference has grown exponentially since its 2012 launch and has hosted events in 15 cities globally. Kat's team also offers consulting and certification to help agencies up their accountability around gender equality
Matrices Panel Session: Change Agents
The Matrices Panel brings together leaders who have one major thing in common - a desire to create better environments for equity. The panelists, who are diverse in race, gender, cultural and professional background, will share how they developed their insatiable passions to make a difference. One particular similarity in the journeys of these Change Agents is that they remember the moments when they realized they were the “first”, which meant they had no role models. We will discuss the hallmarks of meaning in their transformational, inspiring leadership and the matrices they have woven to trail blaze and achieve their people-centered missions.
Director of Global Diversity, Principal, Perkins + Will
Gabrielle has shaped an architectural career that focuses on her two passions: design and social justice. She has been a key player in Perkins+Will’s success for more than 25 years, leading numerous complex and high-profile projects, in the US and abroad. As the firm’s global diversity director—a position created for her - she is transforming their work culture to foster an environment rich in diverse talent and fresh ideas. She has worked in both the New York and Los Angeles offices, serving as Managing Director of the Los Angeles office, the first African-American and the first woman to take on that role. She graduated in 1984 from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in fine arts and architecture, becoming only the second African-American woman to earn an architecture degree from the prestigious university. In 2014 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans.
With a background in architecture, Lee is tasked with creating, advocating for, and contribute to, the creative intervention of public art and social impact design in civic spaces across New Orleans. Before joining the Arts Council, Mr. Lee spent time at 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans.
Mr. Lee leads two award winning architecture + design programs for high school students through the Arts Council and the National Organization of Minority Architects Louisiana Chapter, respectively. He serves on several boards including the National NOMA board as the Design Education Chair and on the National AIA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year, 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow, 2015 International British American Project Fellow. Bryan also gave 2016 TED Talk on Design Justice.
Principal, A+D, Architecture+Design
Sandra Vivanco is founding principal of A+D, Architecture+Design, a San Francisco firm characterized by design excellence as well as innovative community-based processes. Published widely, Vivanco is sought as a Latino cultural expert with profound knowledge of modern art and architecture in Latin America. A Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies at CCA, she is a Mission resident, an avid dancer, a mother of two public school graduates and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.