EMERGE Mini-Conference

EMERGE is a series of experiences tailored to help emerging designers (those with 0-5 years of experience) hone their skills, discover their talents, and grow their careers. EMERGE is a nationally supported initiative established by AIGA Minnesota, in partnership with AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. AIGA Cincinnati is excited to be participating in this initiative by hosting a mini-conference created specifically for emerging designers by emerging designers. This half-day event will include an engaging panel discussion, a personal branding workshop, and a two-part keynote presentation. The day also includes time for networking, free professional headshots, unlimited coffee, and breakfast + snacks. The goal of EMERGE is to help you flourish as a designer—in the areas of employment, growth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills.

Here is the schedule for EMERGE:

8:30am - 9:00am | Breakfast, networking, and complimentary headshots by Anastasia Gentry, Owner/Designer + Photographer, Chapel Lane Photography

9:00am - 10:30am | Panel discussion

10:45am - 11:45am | Personal branding workshop

12:00pm - 12:30pm | Keynote

Ticket Prices

$10 for AIGA student members

$20 for AIGA members

$35 for non-members

Parking Info

There are two free, public parking lots near Headquarters located at 998 Monmouth Street and 1098 Monmouth Street.


EMERGE, in detail:

Panel Discussion: “Tell Your Story” sponsored by TEKsystems

In the design world today, companies are looking for more than just another well-designed resume and portfolio. Our panel of up-and-coming design professionals will reveal how they’ve landed dream jobs, elevated their personal brands, and told their unique stories in compelling ways. Our panel will also share their advice and experience on updating your portfolio, leveraging your personal brand as an asset, and how to use your personal brand to identify and solve top challenges at work every day.

Our Panelists:

  • Ashton Spann (moderator), UI and Digital Designer, PatientPoint
  • Megan Richter, Product Design Lead, Kroger
  • Nikki Volpenhein, UX Interaction Designer, GE Aviation
  • Mic Riley, Product Designer II, Paycor
  • Joe Young, Interactive Designer, TEKsystems at Quest Diagnostics


Workshop: Owning Your Personal Branding Game

How’s your resume? How about your digital footprint? How are your interview chops? Are you confident? Kinda confident? Lost? So much of what we believe about finding jobs, getting jobs and keeping jobs was determined in 1973. It’s 2019 and emerging designers weren’t born to play by those rules.

This fast and fun hour is about who you really are. We’ll share compelling stories and reveal how you can stand out by being truly YOU and living in integrity. Bring your resume and your tough questions. You will leave with answers, new ideas and fresh inspiration.

Our Presenter:


Keynote: “Thank U, Next”

We’re so freakin’ grateful for our past experiences, but at some point in your professional career you’ll probably ask yourself, “is it time to look for another job?” Sometimes our passions and goals change over the course of our professional career, but deciding whether or not to leave a job for a new opportunity can still be a tough decision. During this keynote presentation, we’ll hear two designers speak honestly about when they knew it was time to move on and what it’s like to tell an employer goodbye. Whether you’re actively looking for new opportunities, or just wondering if maybe you should take that phone call with a recruiter—this talk will give you the inside scoop to know when it’s time to say thank you, next.

Our Keynote Speakers:

  • Troy Woolery, Competency Manager of User Experience and Senior UX Consultant, Fusion Alliance
  • Mandy Lehman, Designer/Photographer, MANMAN

When & Where
Fri, Sep 27, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Headquarters Historic Event Center
935 Monmouth Street
Newport, KY 41071