[Wo]man Up! Conference 2018

  • 900 Keosauqua Way | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Presented By: AIGA Iowa
  • Dates: September 8, 2018
  • Location: Mainframe Studios
  • Start/End Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: $100 AIGA members, $75 students, $150 non-members
  • Overview

    The [WO]MAN UP! Conference started as a platform to celebrate and inspire women in the world in art and design. In its second year, we seek to expand the conversation about equality in the creative sphere by encouraging both men and women to attend and meet and mingle with both local and national leaders in design. Mainframe Studios provides a unique location for this creative conference as attendees can visit the numerous artist studios throughout the day and enjoy food and drink from resident caterer, Tangerine Food Co.

    This all day conference begins with a presentation by Antionette Carroll of Creative Reaction Lab on creative problem solving for social justice. Attendees can then choose from a variety of break-out sessions ranging from participatory panels to hands-on workshops. The event is capped off with a keynote presentation by the acclaimed greeting card designer, Emily McDowell of Emily McDowell Studio. Stay for the VIP after party following the conference! (Additional $35 ticket add-on).

    Full speaker bios below and detailed schedule to come!

    Emily McDowell
    Emily is a writer, illustrator, and entrepreneur who specializes in chronicling the human condition. In 2012, she launched Emily McDowell Studio, making cards for the relationships we really have. Today, Emily McDowell Studio cards and gifts are sold online at and in nearly 2,000 stores worldwide. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, BBC News, and NPR's All Things Considered, among many others, and in 2015, she was named one of Slate's 10 Designers Who Are Changing the World. Emily’s first book, There Is No Good Card For This: What To Say and Do When Life Gets Scary, Awful, and Unfair To People You Love, coauthored with empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe, was released in January 2017. In January 2018, Emily McDowell Studio was acquired by Knock Knock, creating two distinct brands under the umbrella of The Who’s There Group. Emily now serves as partner and SVP of strategy at Who’s There, while remaining creative director/founder of Emily McDowell Studio.

    Antionette Carroll
    Antionette is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist.

    Antionette is a Next City Vanguard, 2017 Essence Magazine #100 Most Woke Woman, 4.0 Schools Fellow, Subject Matter Advisor for Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, StartingBloc Fellow, and an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator.

    Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.

    Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA Iowa conferences and activities, in corresponding publications, in AIGA Iowa's archives and on AIGA Iowa's website.

    Become a volunteer! Interested in being an Event Chair or volunteering the day of the conference? Email us at the contact provided.