Cornelius “Hank” Washington is an Art director, designer, and illustrator born and raised in the muddy backwoods of Mississippi. Hank grew up in a small town where creativity wasn’t considered a sustainable lifestyle. Inspired by his older brother, Hank was introduced to the idea of creativity through watching his older brother collect music, comics, games, and illustrating doodles in a number of sketch books. After studying design at Mississippi State University, he explored independent projects. These projects were a variety of different demands that included branding design, campaign art direction, motion, illustration and more. The clients ranged from out-of-the-garage ideas to brands like Dick’s Sporting Goods. Soon, Hank ventured out to create Hank Designs Studio, a creative studio aimed to help small teams with branding and art direction, in 2016 and worked with clients such as Netflix, Instagram, Snapchat, Fiverr, and more.
Samia Saleem is a Sr. Director of User Experience Design at Nike working in Operational Experiences for Nike’s Enterprise. Her Design team, Technical Product Experience Design (TPxD), consists of UX Designers and Design System Engineers working across various areas of Nike’s Global Technology initiatives including HR Transformation, Digital First Supply Chain, and Enterprise Design, to name a few. Before Nike, Samia was a Head of UX at Unity, a 3D game engine, where she led a global design team. She has also worked for TechStars, redesigned the internal Blue Bottle coffee subscription, worked on a Francis Ford Coppola Winery redesign, and started her own social-mapping start-up. She has over 20 years of experience working with startups, tech companies, and creative agencies for both consumer and enterprise experiences. Samia loves bringing design teams together with product and engineering to have a user-centric focus using Design Thinking methods.
Natalie Buda Smith
Natalie Buda Smith is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Library of Congress. She is a leader in digital transformation through data insights and user-centered design practices with over 30 years of experience developing experiences for a variety of organizations. She has built large teams at NavigationArts, IBM, and now the Library of Congress, and has worked for clients in the U.S., Europe, and India. She is strongly committed to human-centered products and services that adhere to best practices in inclusion, diversity, and accessibility.
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