Fireside Chat Speakers
Antionette Carroll is the Founder, President, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this role, Antionette has pioneered an award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist). Through this capacity, Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named an ADL and Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow, Roddenberry Fellow, Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, ADCOLOR Innovator, SXSW Community Service Honoree, Camelback Ventures Fellow, 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow, St. Louis Visionary Award Honoree for Community Impact, and Essence Magazine Woke 100.
Within her almost 10 years of volunteer leadership, Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. She’s a former AIGA National Board Director and Chair Emerita of the Task Force. During her tenure, she founded and launched several initiatives, including the Design Census Program with Google, Racial Justice by Design Initiative, Diversity and Inclusion Residency, and the national Design for Inclusivity Summit with Microsoft. Additionally, she’s the co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship and an active member of Adobe’s Design Circle.
Partnering with Timothy Bardlavens, Antionette co-founded &Design – an organization whose mission is to cultivate and activate Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Designers by providing tools, resources, and training to support them on their creative career journey.
Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Google, TED, Capital One, Harvard, Stanford University, Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon and TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.
Ken Reardon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Community Development in the School for the Environment at The University of Massachusetts Boston where he pursues research, teaching, and outreach with resident-led revitalization efforts in economically distressed communities. Prior to joining the UMass faculty, Ken taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University, and the University of Memphis. Ken’s most recent book, Building Bridges: Community and University Partnerships in East St. Louis, describes the work of a highly effective community/university development partnership in one of our nation’s poorest cities. Ken has received the American Institute of Certified Planners President’s Award, the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning, the Ernest Lynton Award for Engaged Scholarship, and the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Professional Service in recognition of his community planning and development efforts in underserved urban and rural communities.