Closing Keynote: Authenticity is Key with Kaila Pettis

For the finale of an incredible week, asked the incredible Kaila Pettis to deliver our CDW22 closing keynote speech at The American Sign Museum.

"Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great." - Jay-Z. KP will take you on a journey through her most impactful projects and the lessons learned from them along the way, all while staying true to a pair of sneakers, of course.

Join us for appetizers, beer, wine, and the opportunity to explore the American Sign Museum before and after the presentation!


6:00pm - 6:30pm | Doors open & refreshments

6:30pm - 7:30pm | Presentation and Q&A

7:30pm - 8:00pm | Closing remarks & Networking

Ticket Prices

$10 for students

$20 for AIGA members

$25 for non-members

Your ticket includes a drink ticket and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

*AIGA members please login to your AIGA account to see pricing discount

**Students please bring a valid student ID to check-in

About the Presenter

Kaila Pettis, more commonly known as "KP," was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Despite immediate assumptions, she is not an advocate for deep dish pizza. From scribbling friends' names onto trapper keepers during class to filming music videos for local artists, Kaila has always been enamored with creating things. And as a former athlete (because her knee just refused to let her be great), she has always been drawn to sports. Kaila found herself working as an Industrial Designer during the day, and spending nights creating sports graphics, highlight reels and branding packages for friends that went on to play professionally. Determined to combine the two things she loved: sports and design — Kaila quit her job, and hasn't looked back since. She spent the next few years working for Top 25 NCAA Division I programs, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Football League (NFL).

Driven by the opportunity to use design as a platform to inspire others, Kaila co-founded LCKR ROOM in 2020 with Britt Davis. They pledged to utilize their time, skillsets and resources to bring awareness and access to creative careers and elevate minority owned and operated businesses. In 2021, Kaila joined FC Cincinnati, where she became the first black female Creative Director in professional sports. Kaila currently serves as the Sr. Director of Brand and Digital Content for FC Cincinnati where she strives to elevate the brand and cultivate the talent within her team.

Parking Information

Free On-site parking and complimentary valet parking is available for all attendees (gratuity is included).

When & Where
Fri, Oct 7, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
American Sign Museum
1330 Monmouth Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45225