Lessons in Leadership | AIGA Chapters Roundtable

Many of design’s most respected icons started as local AIGA chapter leaders.

If you're looking for ways to advance in your career or you just want to get more involved and contribute to your local community, come eavesdrop on Ann Willoughby, Rick Griffith, Debbie Millman talk about their career long commitments to AIGA and how it helped them develop personally and professionally.

Before the panel, we’ll introduce you to some of the current chapter leaders and after the panel, you’ll have the chance to spend 45 minutes in breakout rooms with the ones currently responsible for recruiting new leaders in the local community closest to you.


7:30 - 8:00 pm EDT / Welcome & Local Leader Stories

8:00-8:45 pm EDT / Iconic Leader Panel

8:45-9:15pm EDT / Breakout Rooms with Chapter Leaders


Ann Willoughby

Ann Willoughby is a leading voice in graphic design in the U.S. She has taught, written and lectured about the importance of women as design leaders in both business and as a social force. Ann began her design career in 1968 during the second wave of feminism and her life and early design practice were fueled by the social, political and design movements that transformed America during the last decades of the 20th century. She founded Willoughby Design in 1978, creating a thriving design firm while also addressing gender and family issues in the workplace.

Since its founding, Willoughby has become nationally known both for its award winning design and for the stimulating and creative environment. The firm has worked with local, national and international clients including the Kauffman Foundation, Omidyar Group, United Nations, Hallmark Cards, Panera Bread, RideKC, Hershey’s and Weight Watchers.

In 2014, Ann was awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal, one of the first women in the midwest to receive this honor, awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the field of design and visual communication.

2014 AIGA Medalist


Rick Griffith

Rick Griffith has been a full-time designer, occasional writer, teacher, activist and printer, who produces, collects and loves artifacts (often made of paper) that are sometimes qualified to be discussed as art. He also participates in a studio called MATTER, and every Saturday he works in the shop at MATTER; these are both enterprises and collaborations with his Partner Debra Johnson.

Fireside Chat with Rick Griffith


Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator and the host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters, one of the first and longest running podcasts in the world. She is also co-founder and chair of the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts; editorial director of Print magazine; and the author of seven books on design and branding. She has worked on the design and strategy of over 200 of the world’s biggest brands. Social: Instagram and Twitter.

2019 AIGA Medalist


Virtual Platform & How to Prepare

This event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Make sure you are using the latest version of Zoom.

Code of Conduct

AIGA Baltimore and all Cahpters expects that all attendees treat each other with respect, openness, and in adherence to the guidelines specified in AIGA’s Code of Conduct, which can be found here: https://www.aiga.org/code-of-conduct

When & Where
Mon, Jun 12, 2023 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM EDT