Keynote Speaker: Ashleigh Axios - Still Hopey, Changey

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**The location has now changed to RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence River Greenway. The new location is right across the street from the original location (Chace Center). If you have any questions, please email!

Joining us for the 5th annual DESIGN WEEK RI Keynote Talk by Ashleigh Axios, Design Exponent; Head of The Studio for Automattic.

A behind-the-scenes look at a presidency full of complete sentences, responsible tweets, and — you know, values. Ashleigh will bring back all of the feels as she shares how 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue led by design during the Obama administration and, as Design Exponent at Automattic, her insights on ethics in technology, the shifting roles of designers and their impact on business organizations, and design strategies for dealing with ambiguity.

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Ashleigh Axios

Design Exponent; Head of The Studio for Automattic

Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She leads The Studio, where she functions as an executive creative director for Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. She is guiding the formation of the inclusion portion of Automattic’s first design language, Muriel — establishing how inclusion can be a key ingredient for the success of digital products and communications. She is an executive board member for AIGA, the professional association of design, and an editorial board member for Design Observer. Ashleigh served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House, bridging two presidential terms, in the first-ever Office of Digital Strategy. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative and conference connecting and empowering government designers. She is a graduate from, and a current alumni advisor to, Rhode Island School of Design.