Merging Mindsets 2020: Interdisciplinary Creative Leadership

Posted March 4, 2020

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At the intersection of artistry and digital technology, you’ll find the Merging Mindsets conference, which is dedicated to building a community of interdisciplinary creative professionals.

As a part of the 2020 Merging Mindsets conference in Winnipeg, ESI Design’s Creative Director Mary Franck will deliver a keynote address on how innovative leaders must unite a growing number of disparate disciplines if they want to succeed as collision and cross pollination become increasingly common among creative fields.

ESI Design's Mary Franck leads a team of interdisciplinary creative professionals.
At Merging Mindsets, Mary will share how she leads a team of designers with diverse background experiences.

Interdependent and Interdisciplinary: A New Creative Mindset

From her experience designing projects for stage production, museums, events, and architectural installations, acclaimed creative director Mary Franck has developed a unique strategic toolkit for leading interdisciplinary projects. In this talk, she will unpack that toolkit and highlight real-life examples of leadership in action. Whether you’re a designer or craftsman, an artist or a maker, this talk will reveal the techniques needed to succeed in today’s diverse creative landscape.

Event Details

March 14, 2020, 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0N2
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Meet the Speaker: Mary Franck

Mary Franck is a creative director and experiential designer focused on immersive media, large-scale experiences, and creative technology. Drawing on her background in technical direction and graphics programming for a wide range of immersive experiences, Mary leads interdisciplinary design teams from concept through production. Her clients have included some of the world’s leading brands, including Cartier, Google and Samsung.

Most recently she worked for IBM as Design Director for Events and Environments, focusing on IBM’s flagship Think conference. Previously she worked at the award-winning experiential agency Fake Love as a Lead Creative Technologist. At Obscura Digital, she lead the development of interactive installations and large-scale media activations such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Illumination.

Mary earned her B.A. in Fine and Studio Arts from San Francisco State University and her Master of Design Research from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In addition to her work as a designer, Mary exhibits her artwork internationally and has taught courses and workshops for the School of Visual Arts, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Arizona State University.

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In her keynote talk, Mary will explain the skills and strategies she has honed to be a successful creative leader.
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Michelle was ESI Design’s Fall 2019 Marketing Intern, and blogged about the latest happenings at ESI and beyond.

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