In today's world of tremendous change, uncertainty, and deep divide, how do we—as creatives and designers—conquer our differences, tap into a powerful collective resilience, and bring our humanity to bear? We'll explore the various ways in which each guest speaker designs toward a more (physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially) resilient and more equitable future.

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Asha Srikantiah

Ashwini (Asha) Srikantiah is a Director of Product Management at Fidelity Labs, a new business incubator within Fidelity Investments. Asha loves the intersection of story and strategy; in past lives she’s produced TV shows and national ad campaigns, curated arts festivals, and partnered with peers to run a consulting startup.  These days, she channels both sides of her brain towards building solutions to help people tackle their student debt.  She’s a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.


Atyia martin (MODERATOR)

Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy, focusing on advancing racial equity. Dr. Martin’s previous professional experience includes the Boston Health Commission, Boston Police Department, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

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Claudia De Piante Vicin

Claudia De Piante Vicin is the Design Director at Artists For Humanity (AFH), a nonprofit organization providing life-changing opportunities for young people through paid employment in art and design. Claudia is a lover of ‘brand’; she has spent her career teaching design and providing companies such as P&G, John Hancock Financial, Barnes & Noble, and Reebok with design solutions. Born in Miami, by the age of 14, Claudia had lived in 5 countries, on 3 continents, and spoke 4 languages fluently. Claudia is a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA.

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Nigel Jacob

Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel was the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions. Nigel’s groundbreaking work has been written about extensively in Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company, and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend.

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Leslie Salmon Jones

Leslie, an Alvin Ailey trained dancer, yogi, wellness coach has been working as a holistic wellness professional, artist and social activist for the past 25 years in New York and Boston. Along with her husband Jeff Jones (multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director), they founded Afro Flow Yoga®, which infuses dances of the African Diaspora with a yoga sequence, connecting to nature with live music. They currently offer classes, workshops, retreats, teacher trainings and outreach programs locally and globally. AFY® promotes healing, balance, peace in a compassionate, non-judgmental and safe environment through cultural, sustainable and spiritual technologies.