I could start this post with a joke about my big mug being in the shot but I don’t want to trivialize what is, I believe, an important issue to be addressed. The problem here? – There’s only one woman in this shot of the InHOWse speakers cabal – and Dyana, who is a powerful and committed advocate for in-house, is not an in-house design team manager. So with all due respect to my fellow speakers, all of whom are committed, sharp and generous leaders in the in-house community, I’d like to advocate for a shake up in the gender ratio at the 2011 Chicago conference.
I met some very intelligent, articulate in-house managers who are passionate about their jobs and who happen to be women who should be in this pic next year. I hope some of you who I met (and others who I didn’t) will step up and become leaders within the community. You know who you are. Please consider joining in on the AIGA In-house Initiative and email HOW with your ideas for the presentations I hope you’ll be giving at next year’s HOW & InHOWse conferences.