RGD Creative Earners Webinar: Business Owners talk DEI

Moderated by Mel Sutjiadi RGD


Join Mel Sutjiadi RGD in discussion with other independent and small business owners on the state of DEI in the Canadian graphic design industry. What progress are firms making to incorporate DE&I initiatives into their organizations? How are they working to ensure they have a diverse team? Join our panel as they speak to their own experiences as they compare to the industry as a whole, as revealed in the 2022 Creative Earners results, and as we look to launch a new survey in March.


Moderated by:

Mel Sutjadi RGD

Mel (they/them) is a QTPOC multidisciplinary creative director, graphic designer, illustrator, front-end developer and educator. Mel is a founder of ARToverMATTER and a co-founder of Ripple of Change Magazine. Outside AOM, you might find Mel as a guest speaker sharing about their immigrant entrepreneurship journey or advocating for inclusive and accessible design. Mel is the RGD's VP of Diversity & Inclusion and chairs the RGD's chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Jeannette Hanna, Chief Strategist at Trajectory
Farah Khan, Principal at House9
Farah has over 20 years of experience as a graphic designer, including 17 years at the helm of House9. A queer immigrant from Bangladesh, Farah founded House9 when she arrived in Canada. She created the studio as an inclusive, radical space for emerging artists and designers who haven’t been able to find a voice in this predominantly straight/cis/white/male industry. As Principal, Farah collaborates with clients and House9 team members in consultative, collaborative and facilitative roles. Farah’s focus is on UX (user experience) and IA (information architecture), creative direction and design. From an internal-management perspective, Farah’s primary goal is ensuring House9 is a fulfilling, supportive and challenging workplace. Farah has a BA in Studio Art from Smith College.
Jennifer Taback RGD, President & Partner at Design de Plume

“Miikawaadizi Waaskonee Giizis Kwe” is an urban, Indigenous member of the Shawanaga First Nation. Jennifer has worked in the design industry for over 15 years, with work experience ranging from research and assessments to implementation and support for both the private and public sector. She facilitates active discussions and goal setting, helping her clients build brands and communications that represent themselves, their communities and the mission they want to achieve. Understanding the fundamentals of business, networking, and politics, Jennifer sits on a number of boards to help provide insight and advice. Design de Plume is a women-led, Indigenously-owned design team that creates inclusive and accessible designs for social good.



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