Women In Design

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Marking the only event in Rhode Island to join in The United State of Women campaign, spearheaded by the White House, Women in Design brings the voices of women designers from throughout RI and celebrates the talent, innovations, breakthroughs, and successes that women designers have brought to their industries. Women in Design explores the role women in design play across a range of fields and how diversity in the process of design creates more inclusive environments and products. The subtleties, challenges and opportunities around design, gender and culture in society will also be investigated during this powerful panel of women design leaders. Join us for this breakfast event at the Rhode Island State House Library!

This event is organized in partnership with the PVD Lady Project.The Lady Project is a non profit and membership organization that connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things through events, membership and community engagement. With chapters nationwide and over 1,200 members, The Lady Project was founded in Providence, RI in 2012 has created a national movement.


Sue Bohorquez

Sue Bohorquez is a designer, artist, and mother of a teenage daughter and two young adult step-sons who proudly calls Rhode Island her home. She believes that meaningful design has the power to influence people by helping them stay informed, empowering them to lead, and inspiring them to get more involved. As the Creative Designer for the Rhode Island Department of State, Sue recognizes that government can have a positive impact and play a vital role in improving citizens’ lives. A recent project that Sue contributed to was the re-design of the Rhode Island voter ballot.

Soojung Ham

Soojung Ham is an associate professor in the Industrial Design Department at Rhode Island School of Design, and held the position of department head from 2013 to 2015. Brought up in Seoul, Korea, Ham earned her bachelor’s degree in painting in 1988 from Ewha University, and a bachelor’s in industrial design in 1992 from Rhode Island School of Design.

Before becoming a full-time faculty member at RISD in 2004, she began her career as an in-house product designer at Samsonite, A.T. Cross and Gillette where many of her products were successfully brought to the market. While establishing her expertise as an educator, Ham continued to maintain her professional practice as a design consultant for several companies, including Gillette and Samsung Electronics. In 2014, Ham created her own design company, Studio Duuri.

Sherri Love

A native Southerner, Sherri is Senior Creative Manager of an in-house creative team at CVS Health in Rhode Island. She leads a group of designers who develop multi-channel campaigns for CVS Pharmacy retail marketing. Her team designs vibrant, branded work that engages customers with CVS Health in support of the company’s recent rebrand.

During her time at CVS Health, Sherri designed packaging for private label beauty brands. Most notably among them, Nuance by Salma Hayek won a WWD Award for 2011 Launch of the Year.

Previously, Sherri has led creative teams in-house, at agencies and for non-profits. A graduate of the Atlanta College of Art, her background includes illustration, brand & logo development, packaging & graphic design, and art direction.

Sherri is energized by discovery and the spiritual thread that runs through human expression found in great food, art & design, movies, books – and food trucks! She lives in historic Providence with her daughter, who inspires her in all things.

Kristine Merz, President, Orange Square

Kristine founded Orange Square in response to a need for more effective, audience-centered marketing communications with a focus on helping clients understand and communicate their mission and value to their customers. Orange Square delivers both marketing strategy and visual identity design that build business value by creating and managing integrated brand experiences across all touch points. A trained designer, she is always focused on problem finding that leads to the right marketing strategy. With the right strategy, the proper content and design solution can be created to engage people in the most effective way, thus achieving the goals of the organization and building brand value. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with more than 24 years of experience creating visually compelling, award-winning messaging and brands, she is always looking for the right clients with whom to partner and grow.

Kristine’s clients include the ACLU, Vital Decisions, PAREXEL, Steelcase Foundation, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, BrightStars, Brown University, Boston University, Harvard University, the Boston Stock Exchange, Cytyc Corporation, New England Research Institutes, and Holland Engineering.

Esther Tseng

Esther Tseng is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate with a BFA in Illustration, Esther is the Associate Creative Director at Fuzion Design in Pawtucket, RI. Working with clients from startups to multinational corporations across consumer, juvenile, toy and food, Esther helps brands craft effective, artistic strategies and leads projects from concept through production. She has created and directed a multitude of successful and award winning branding projects in the print and digital space, including identity, collateral, packaging, merchandising and web.

Meredith Schwarz

Meredith Schwarz is a Design & User Experience Researcher at Ximedica. She brings a human-centered design perspective to her work. She utilizes focused design-thinking practices to understand, communicate and improve complex processes and products through the collection and synthesis of qualitative research, and through iterative, collaborative brainstorming activities. Meredith believes that the design of systems should be inclusive, easy to learn, easy to remember and helpful to all users, and holistically applies this philosophy to all aspects of her work. Meredith’s past experience includes positions with Ximedica, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with honors.

Panel Moderator

Jessica Brown

With her company, Lady J Design, a Funktional Design company, Jessica designs furniture and products that are simple, practical, elegant solutions that address everyday problems in a manner that is decidedly unpretentious. Strongly influenced by Mid-Century Danish design, she keeps it 100 by referencing the pulse of the times using trendy colors, street art, and pop culture. Extremely personable, witty, and quick spoken, by day, she is a Project Manager for Hasbro and by night she is Super Rad trumpet player in the activist brass marching band, Extraordinary Rendition Band. A graduate of RISD, Jessica was recently featured on the Spike TV Furniture Building Reality Show, Framework. When she isn’t making work, she is watching reruns of Designing Women…constantly.