Mon, Jun 19th, 11:30am - 1:15pm

Luncheon Lecture Series: MEET THE OLSONS

You mean Mary-Kate and Ashley? Or the ad agency? Maybe the progeny of Ole? Nope, we’re talking about MSP’s mother-daughter design pair: Heather and Leslie Olson. Both work in the creative industry and contribute to AIGA Minnesota. Do the similarities end there? Discover the influences, dreams, distractions, and surprises this duo shares. Heather Olson Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Soladay Olson | Marketing for Creatives Beginning as a practicing graphic designer and transitioning to marketer of creative services, Heather’s nearly 40-year career has crossed the thresholds of design firms, ad agencies, corporate in-house groups, and sole proprietorships. Today, she is dedicated to coaching and guiding creatives. Professionally, Heather consults with small design businesses to market their services, and helps agency and client-side employers hire talent. As a volunteer, Heather mentors design students, serves on the boards of Art Buddies and Goldstein Museum of Design, and advises faculty in several local graphic design programs. Heather earned a BA in Advertising Design and Journalism from Iowa State University. She is an AIGA Fellow, with a long history of leadership in the Minnesota chapter. Leslie Olson Designer, Studio MPLS Leslie’s education ranged from Vocal Performance and Studio Art classes at Concordia College in Moorhead through a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Journalism, French, and Retail Merchandising) at the University of Minnesota, and concluded in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design at Concordia University, St. Paul. In 2015, Leslie received the Franke+Fiorella Portfolio 1-on-1 Scholarship and simultaneously landed her first career position as a Designer at Studio MPLS. There she designs and illustrates local and national brands and packaging, and applies her photography skills in the firm’s self-promotion. Beyond the workday, Leslie volunteers with AIGA Minnesota — currently on the Design Camp committee — and pursues design/photography-related passion projects.  

Heather & Leslie Olson Monday, June 19th, 2017 Doors open at 11:30 a.m., presentation from 12:00–1:15 p.m.

Surly Brewing Co. Location: 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Ticket Costs – purchase online Regular Rates: AIGA Members Trustee | $20 Leader / Sustainer | $25 Supporter | $30 Contributor | $35 Student / Educator | $15 All Non-members | $40

  If you need special assistance to participate in this event, please contact Phen Grant & Leah Edelman-Brier, Luncheons Co-Chairs, at least 5 business days in advance of the program. If we do not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, we may not be able to make the necessary arrangements. “Tied Together” Artwork by Ari Woeste @typeirl Photo of Heather & Leslie by Leah Edelman-Brier @leahedelmanbrier

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Co-chairs, Luncheons
Phen Grant & Leah Edelman-Brier