Signature EventsPioneering Design® Series

Overview

An annual series of two lectures, with speakers who are considered pioneers in their field. Each lecture is followed by a cocktail reception with ample time for networking.

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AGENTS OF CHANGE: DEEPTI SHARMA

PIONEERING DESIGN® 2019

“We’re on a mission to unite people around the communal table and add diversity to the food community.” Deepti Sharma, CEO of FoodToEat

A lifelong entrepreneur, Deepti Sharma is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, a community- minded catering concierge service. She started FoodtoEat as a platform to connect immigrant, women and minority-owned food vendors with opportunities for growth – ultimately helping them strengthen their own business skills. FoodtoEat helps businesses feed employees great food and build stronger & more diverse work cultures.

Deepti is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Forbes 30 Under30 alumnae, and a wife and mother to two young boys.

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AGENTS OF CHANGE: ABRIMA ERWIAH

PIONEERING DESIGN® 2019

“No action is too small.”
Abrima Erwiah with Studio 189

Abrima Erwiah is the co-founder of Studio One Eighty Nine, a globally renowned artisan-based fashion and lifestyle brand that produces African and African-inspired clothing and content. Working alongside her friend and partner, Rosario Dawson, Studio One Eighty Nine is at its core a full-fledged movement focused on creating jobs, supporting education, promoting sustainability and partnering with organizations such as the United Nations ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and NYU Stern School of Business. Studio One Eighty Nine is the culmination of Erwiah’s extensive career in social justice, luxury fashion, and brand building.

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VISIONS TO REALITY: WEISS/MANFREDI

PIONEERING DESIGN® 2018

WEISS/MANFREDI is known for clarity of vision, bold forms, cinematic movement and material innovation. Their projects transcend the limits of the singular architectural object and look instead for opportunities to create connections and invent new territories for public life.

Join us as they share their most recent projects from across the globe, including a new NYC building, The Bridge at Cornell Tech.

Speakers:
Marion Weiss, Co-Founder, WEISS/MANFREDI
Michael Manfredi, Co-Founder, WEISS/MANFREDI

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VISIONS TO REALITY: NEVER BUILT NEW YORK: GREG GOLDIN & SAM LUBELL

PIONEERING DESIGN® 2018

Presenting their recent exhibition at the Queens Museum, New York City as it might have been: with over 200 years of visionary architectural concepts for unbuilt subways, bridges, parks, airports, stadiums, streets, train stations, and of course, skyscrapers.

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DESIGNING NEW REALITIES: CAITLIN BURNS

PIONEERING DESIGN® 2017

A Human-Centered Look at Immersive Design:
Understanding the Psychology of Virtual Reality Featuring a Live 360VR Cinematic Experience by: Jump Into the Light

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THE EMANCIPATION OF EVERYTHING: PHILIP FIMMANO

PIONEERING DESIGN® 2017

How Radical Change is Shaping the 21st Century: Analyzing Consumer Attitudes, Lifestyles, and Economic Trends