In-House Perspectives: Professional Development: Upgrading Skills and Exploring Career Paths

In-house creatives are often expected to wear many hats beyond that of a designer. What skills are valued most and when should we consider training for new ones? How does this change the trajectory of our careers? This webinar looks at professional development through presentations from three in-house designers.

Moderated by Kathleen Scott RGD

Kathleen is an award-winning designer with 15 years experience. For the past decade, she has been Creative Strategy Team Lead at Bruce Power where they deliver all things design, including a complete rebrand for the company in 2019. In 2017, they were honoured to be the design partner for RGD’s In-House Design Awards.



Learning from the best! presented by Meghan D’Mello

One of the struggles of being an in-house designer is that you're likely one of the only people who do what you do in the organization – but that also applies to many of your co-workers too. How can you turn that struggle into a benefit that also helps you learn and grow as a creative?

About Meghan D’Mello, Senior Graphic Designer at Plan International Canada
Meghan is a Toronto-based designer specializing in print design, illustration and motion. While she started her career on the agency side, her passion for international development, education and gender equality helped her land roles as an in-house designer for global charities headquartered in Toronto, including UNICEF & Plan International. For the past 10 years, she has prioritized working with socially conscious businesses, not-for-profits and organizations that advance human rights – using design as a tool to bring about positive change in Canada and communities around the world.
What it means to be a Unicorn Designer presented by Kyle Schruder RGD
In this talk, Kyle will explore the roots of the term "Unicorn Designer", the pros and cons of following this career path, and some unexpected skills designers can add to their toolkit in order to advance their career.
About Kyle Schruder RGD, Director of Design at Coactuate

Kyle leads the design practice at Coactuate, a strategic consultancy focused on supporting healthcare leaders to navigate complex change. He has over a decade of editorial design experience and has made the transition from agency work to leading design in-house at strategic consultancies. As a Member of the RGD, Kyle acts as a mentor to junior designers, an awards judge and a portfolio reviewer.


Soft skills and hard lessons presented by Jason Westerlund RGD

Following your passion has gotten you this far, but now you have the opportunity to lead. The skills that have prepared you for this moment aren't the same ones you'll need to succeed. Or are they? What will you need to give up? What will you gain?


About ​Jason Westerlund RGD, Creative Producer of Digital Engagement at the National Arts Centre

Jason is a user experience design leader specializing in the performing arts. His experience includes leading digital strategy, developing design systems and defining human-centric design practices that realign corporate cultures and transform digital operations. With decades of experience developing digital services in the public and private sector, Jason has developed solutions for numerous industries, including real estate, health and safety, public transit, magazine publishing, telecommunications, cultural education and the performing arts. Jason oversees the NAC's digital platforms and media installations' experience design practices and content operations.



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