Design for resilience: Lightning talks to spark conversation & change

Service Design DC is back for the third year of its popular DC Design Week lightning talks! Join us for a series of cross-disciplinary, rapid-fire presentations that will showcase unique perspectives on the notion of resilience — and how design inherently fosters quicker, more successful recovery from adversity for individuals and communities.

Our speakers will regale us with case studies, methods, frameworks, and philosophies that we’re sure will inspire new ideas and ways of thinking about your own work. As always, there will be ample time for Q&A and discussion.


  • Linda Hoopes, President, Resilience Alliance
  • Megan Marini, Principal, Director of Strategy and Outreach at 3x3
  • Chris Spirito, Nuclear Cyber Security Consultant, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Charlie Nickerson, Nuclear Cyber Security Analyst, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Eric Plunkett, Human-Centered Design Consultant, Rios Partners
  • Chloe Varelidi, Founder, Follies Toys & Humans Who Play Design Studio
  • Frankie Abralind, Executive Director, The Good Listening Project
  • Yosef Shuman, Service Designer, Ford Motor Company
  • Rachel Dietkus, LCSW, Founder, Social Workers Who Design

This event was put together in partnership with Service Design DC.

Service Design DC is the home base of the Service Design Network DC chapter, with more than 1,500 designers and design leaders dedicated to advancing the practice of service design and empowering each other through learning, connection, and inspiration. Join us at

Virtual platform

This event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join via the Zoom app on a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. If you’re not an AIGA Member, you can register for a membership on the AIGA Membership website.
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat during the Q&A portion of the event.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

Accessibility and accommodations

  • This event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.
  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

Code of conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

About DC Design Week

Built and run by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of our community — hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers by helping local, design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!

When & Where
Wed, Oct 19, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM EDT