Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall / Winter 2020

Fall/Winter 2020 11 UPDATES Works News Women in Design Women in Design (WiD), a Denver area non-profit organization dedi- cated to supporting and representing professional women in the build- ing design and construction industry, presented their 15th annual 8x8 event on October 21. One of their most popular events held each year, this 8x8 brought us a panel of influential Denver area leaders, artists, and designers with the theme of “Activating the Community through Design.” Eight eight-minute presentations were given by nine different speakers including: Michelle Johnson (5280 Home, Editor), Keo Frazier (Emily Griffith Technical College, VP of Communications & Engage- ment), Jennifer Henry (Davis Partnership, Senior Associate), Dee Dee DeVuyst (Radian, Program Manager of Equitable Development), Noelle Phares (Noelle Phares Art, Artist), Keller Hays (Transportation and Con- struction Girl, Program Director), Kate Bailey (TARRA, CEO), and Megan Garrett and Jennifer Oreamuno (SA+R Architects, Meo Wolf Denver Architects). This year’s 8x8 was held virtually in response to possible COVID restrictions at the time of the event and although WiD’s members, sponsors, and supporters were not able to come together in person, their sense of community and excitement to participate was evident by the many Instagram and Facebook posts seen during and after the event. Michelle Johnson gave a crash course in getting published, Keo Frazier spoke on activating the community through design from an experiential marketing perspective, Jennifer Henry presented highlights from her design of Colorado Health Foundation’s New Headquarters, and Dee Dee DeVuyst focused on the role of design in equitable development. Celebrated Denver artist, Noelle Phares, explored how humans influ- ence landscapes and showed us some of her recent work, Keller Hays talked about how her program introduces young women to the trans- portation and construction industry, and Kate Bailey of TARRA inspired us by speaking about unlocking the potential of one’s career and pro- fessional life by sharing lessons she has learned as a business owner and professional. Lastly, Megan Garrett and Jennifer Oreamuno with SA+R Architects talked about their experience and some of the chal- lenges in designing the highly anticipated Meow Wolf Denver project. After the presentations, the audience enjoyed hearing answers to several questions posed to the panelists during a live Q&A session. As expected, WiD delivered yet another informative and insightful series of presentations from a group of influential professionals. To find out more about WiD and upcoming WiD events visit widdenver.org .

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