In early June, thirteen EMERGE team members represented at the Lead by Design AIGA Leadership Retreat in Baltimore, MD sharing out the launch of EMERGE 2.0 and Awareness Week plans for this fall. During this 30th annual retreat, nearly 300 chapter leaders from across the country came together to connect, share insight, and participate in hands-on learning opportunities. The EMERGE team presented an inspiration story about the national initiative, shared activation plans, held FaceTime and topic lunch sessions, and also spoke with numerous attendees at our initiative information table. Additionally, 50 retreat attendees joined us to ideate ways to activate EMERGE across AIGA chapters in partnership with the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion national task force. We are excited to continue the forward momentum for chapter and community collaborations throughout the country.

This video tells the story of our AIGA Innovate Grant—EMERGE national initiative.

EMERGE was created by chapters for chapters, and has launched version 2.0 in partnership with the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion national task force.

​​We invite you to learn more about EMERGE, including this fall’s Awareness Week, and how your chapter and community can participate.

#AIGAemerge #diversityandinclusion #AIGAfamily #remotework #designthinking #AIGAtogether #AIGAinnovate

EMERGE at AIGA Leadership Retreat 2018

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Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
A member of AIGA since 1999, Katrin served on many committees and in a variety of roles for the Minnesota chapter since 2002, including chairing the Luncheon Lectures series from 2003–2010 and volunteering on the Design Show committee since 2010. In 2007, she joined AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the Associate Director, Luncheons and, in 2011, was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Most recently, Katrin served as AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President for two years, including overseeing the Programming Council. Prior to that, she served as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Operations for five years overseeing and improving systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s numerous and diverse programming needs and co-chaired the 2014 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

An award-winning art director/designer with extensive experience in brand development, Katrin currently works in-house for Best Buy’s Brand Design team. Katrin is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design, and also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany. A strong creative leader with analytical skills, her background in design and business coupled with experience working and living in the U.S. and Europe permits a unique global perspective.

An active member of the design community for over 10 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.