Blended Speaker Event Series

Sept. 13, 2019 at ArcPrep / Michigan Research Studio, Detroit

Blended Collective and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s NextGen Committee partnered to host a special edition Blended event as part of Detroit Month of Design in September 2019, combining their shared values of diversity and inclusion in the context of music and design. “Blended: Design, Diversity, and the DSO”, hosted by Blended Collective through its quarterly speaker event series, featured a DSO musician who led the audience through an exploration of diversity in design through music. The event included a lecture, interactive music instrument station, and musical performance by DSO Principal trombonist Kenneth Thompkins.


Read more about our Speaker Series Event supported by Absopure and TechTown Detroit — Blended: Diversity & Tech in Detroit.


Read more about our event sponsored by Sigma Financial Corporation — Blended: How the Financial Industry is Answering the Multicultural Question


Blended: Reaching Multicultural Audiences Authentically

Dec. 4, 2018 at WeWork Campus Martius, Detroit

Panelists (left to right): Fares Ksebati – CEO & Co-Founder at MySwimPro, Rajoielle Register – Head of Growth Audience Marketing Communications at Ford Motor Company, Wilson Santiago-Soler – Multicultural Campaign Manager at Quicken Loans.

Blended: The Intersection of Culture and Design                                   Special Edition Women’s Panel in Partnership with Detroit Month of Design

Sept. 5, 2018 at LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology, Detroit

Moderator and Panelists (left to right): Lydia Michael – CEO & Founder at Blended Collective, Felicia E. Molnar – Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Reem Akkad – Founder & Interior Designer at Reem Akkad Design, Karen Hudson Samuels – Executive Director at WGPR TV Historical Society, Sally Erickson Wilson – Chair of Graduate Studies/Color & Materials Design at College for Creative Studies.

Blended: Multicultural Marketing in the Automotive Industry

June 27, 2018 at Bamboo Detroit, Detroit

Moderator and Panelists (left to right): Lydia Michael – CEO & Founder at Blended Collective, Maria Arellano – Multicultural Art Director at UniWorld Group (previously), Florian Kotte – Validation Engineer at German Supplier, Barbara Toboy – Senior Analytics Manager at GTB, Javier Guzzman Barcenas – Plant Communications Manager at General Motors.

Blended: How Diversity Has Impacted the Entertainment Industry

Mar. 6, 2018 at WeWork Campus Martius, Detroit

Moderator and Panelists (left to right): Lydia Michael – CEO & Founder at Blended Collective, Randall McAdory – Automotive Head of Industry at Pandora, Hamoody Jaafar – Film Director at Woodward Original, Kevin Ketels – President & Founder at Kyrris Marketing, Victoria Kaempfe – Freelance Music Manager & Photographer.

Redefining Multiculturalism In Entrepreneurship 

Co-hosted with RIZZARR as part of Entrepreneurship Month at Microsoft Store

Feb. 22, 2018 at Flagship Microsoft Store, New York

Panelists: Amanda Johnson – Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Mented Cosmetics, Melissa Adeyemo – Independent Film Producer, Karen Goldfeder – Vice President of Business Development at, Edrizio De La Cruz – Founder and CEO of FinTech company Regalii 

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