Women Lead Panel

Come celebrate and get inspired by the launch of AIGA CLE’s Women Lead initiative! The evening will begin with drinks and networking at Bier Markt’s Speakeasy followed by a discussion with our featured panelists highlighting the successes of female creatives and the challenges they've encountered on their professional journeys.

Come learn and share with our panelists:

  • Jennifer Coleman, Senior Program Officer of the Arts at The George Gund Foundation 

  • Chelsey Finnimore, Lead Graphic Designer for Bialosky Cleveland

  • Kate Hardy, Creative Director of Digital Product Development at American Greetings and Founder of HLOS

  • Teresa Kiplinger, Partner + Creative Director at FORM

The panel will be moderated by Creative Babes Cleveland and will include open audience discussion. This event is open to everyone.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019


6:30pm Drinks and snacks
7:00pm Panel discussion


Bier Markt Speakeasy 1948 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113


Free for members; $5 for non-members. 

Meet our panelists

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Jennifer Coleman
Senior Program Officer of the Arts at The George Gund Foundation

Jennifer Coleman is the Senior Program Officer of the Arts at The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. The Foundation was established in 1952 with the basic goal of advancing human welfare, concentrating in the Greater Cleveland area. To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $740 million dollars. Jennifer oversees the arts grantmaking of the Gund Foundation, which invests in primarily local arts-focused organizations that directly impact the City of Cleveland.

Before joining the Foundation, Jennifer followed her passion for the development of a more creative and vibrant Cleveland. She was president of her own architecture and design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative, focusing on design and planning projects based in the city. She also founded CityProwl, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of downtown Cleveland and its neighborhoods www.cityprowl.com.

Among her many civic endeavors, Coleman has served as chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee. She also has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. She was an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, voted as one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People in 2013 and a speaker at TEDxCLE.

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Chelsey Finnimore
Lead Graphic Designer for Bialosky Cleveland

Chelsey Finnimore is a 2013 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA Communication Design). Since 2014, Chelsey has served as Lead Graphic Designer for Bialosky Cleveland where she led a ground-up rebranding of the 60-year-old architecture firm—navigating and uniting three generations of firm voices to create and implement a new brand that captures the firm’s roots as a regional pioneer of mid-century modern architecture. In 2016, the rebranding placed third nationally as an integrated marketing campaign and in 2017 received a National Award of Excellence for corporate identity in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

In 2016, Chelsey was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business Journal as one of Cleveland’s "20 in Their 20s”. She lives in Old Brooklyn with her four favorite dudes: Steve (cat), Carl (also cat), Trevor (third cat), and Gavin (human). In her free time, she enjoys telling bad jokes, drawing terrible horses, and taking marathon naps.

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Kate Hardy
Creative Director of Digital Product Development at American Greetings 
and Founder of HLOS

Kate Hardy is a Cleveland based designer, illustrator, and founder of Hand Lettered Old Shit, a small business that gives up-cycled objects a new voice through hand painted lettering.

Her multi-disciplinary background and passion for contributing to Cleveland business has led her to work with larger corporations such as Progressive Insurance and the Cleveland Indians, while helping smaller local ventures, such as photographers and West Side Market vendors, develop a cohesive visual identity.

Currently, Kate is working to redesign several American Greetings online experiences as creative director of digital product development within AGInteractive.

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Teresa Kiplinger
Partner + Creative Director, FORM

Teresa Kiplinger is Partner, Co-founder and Creative Director at FORM, a digital-first creative firm for arts & culture and nonprofits. She has developed key business strategies, production methods, design standards, and overall vision that have helped grow FORM into the respected 15-year-old firm it is today.

With 27 years in visual design across all media, Teresa's work is distinctive and thoughtful. Throughout her career, she has been pleased to create for organizations in which she passionately believes, from broadcast animation for PBS children's television programs to branding and interactive design for performing and visual arts, museums, higher education, and crisis shelters.

Teresa's design work has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, AIGA, AAF, The Telly Awards, and Communication Arts. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Kent State University (1992), and she currently serves on Kent's Advisory Board for the Visual Communication Design Program. Outside of FORM, Teresa is also a goldsmith with a burgeoning custom jewelry design brand.

Meet our moderators

Creative Babes Cleveland
Creative Babes exists to provide experiences and spaces that celebrate our connectedness - through storytelling, collaborative projects and creative experiments we work to achieve this. To be a Creative Babe means having a mind set on intention, creativity, vulnerability, growth, connection, positivity, and support. It’s a focus on the things we make, the relationships we form, and the experiences we share that bring meaning and magic to the lives and the world around us.

When & Where
Thu, Jun 20, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Bier Market Speakeasy
1948 West 25th
Cleveland, OH 44113