Collaboration & Inclusion Panel

June 25, 2017 - 2 minutes read

This Connecting Things gathering is a panel discussion on the importance of collaboration, inclusion, and teamwork. Whether you’re a freelancer, in-house at an agency or brand, or director of a team, no creative is an island and the best projects are often born through collaboration. Topics of discussion will include fostering an inclusive, diverse, healthy and happy team; how to check our ego and embrace the critique, and tips and tools for collaboration from our guest panelists.

Guest Panelists:

Vicki Tan
Vicki is a product designer living in Los Angeles. She recently joined the Headspace design team, helping to improve the health and happiness of the world. Previously, she was crafting the passenger ride experience at Lyft and designing tools to predict success at Google. See more at:

Russell Rommelfanger
As Founder and Executive Creative Director of Envoy, Russell is primarily responsible for the convergence of best-in-class creative and human-driven technology. He has a passion for redefining brands for the connected world through digital transformation, product innovation and premium commerce experiences. Prior to Envoy, he was one of the first employees at Sprint Boost Mobile, where he re-launched the Virgin Mobile brand and helped build the largest prepaid telecommunications brand in the world. Russell currently resides in Corona Del Mar with his wife.

Renee Granillo
In a few years Renee moved from a Designer to an Art Director to Director of Design at Column Five. She now manages a team of 15 creative people, working with brands big and small. In her free time she freelances as a designer and illustrator. See more at:

Moderator: Joshua Ariza
Josh is a multidisciplinary designer who has worked with some of the most iconic brands in the world including Facebook, Nike, Red Bull, AMC, and Taco Bell. Currently residing in Southern California, he works with his clients to develop creative visual strategies for all types of projects. He provides a full range of services from illustration, graphic design, and apparel design to retail strategy, style guides, storyboards, and art direction.

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