BBJ Honors Denise Korn as a Trailblazer

BBJ’S 2015 Leaders in Diversity Awards dubs
Denise Korn 
a “Trailblazer” for her tremendous impact
on the Boston 
business and community landscape

The Boston Business Journal launched the Diversity Awards in 2011 to highlight the game-changing work of companies and businesspeople who are leading the way in promoting inclusiveness and economic opportunity by advancing diversity in the workplace. This year, Korn Design’s own Denise Korn had the distinction of being honored as a “Trailblazer” – a fitting compliment considering a 12 year run dedicated to inspiring, mentoring and working with creative-minded, talented urban public high school students across Boston as the founder/executive director of Youth DesignIn the company of a fabulous group of like-minded friends that joined the October 20th awards breakfast at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Denise was celebrated for her steadfast clarity in – and passion for – establishing solid bridges and meaningful connections between leadership of the “Design” sector and up-and-coming young talent with one goal in mind: to trigger the newly diverse, next-generation design workforce of the 21st century. Gale Murray, publisher of the BBJ, initiated this program to highlight select leaders’ exceptional commitment saying, “Diversity is not only important in business, it’s good for business. We applaud these individuals and companies for creating an inclusive and innovative workforce.” Shine on, DK!

Ad Club’s Rosoff Award

Youth Design’s Founder and Executive Director Denise Korn was honored with the Mentor of the Year Award at the Ad Club’s 17th Annual Rosoff Awards.

The prestigious Rosoff Awards program annually recognizes Boston-area companies devoted to building an inclusive workplace environment, or are committed to supporting diversity, mentoring, and inclusion programs.3

Denise Korn and Javier Cortés posing for 50 on Fire finalist photoshoot!

50 on Fire

Korn Design nominated as a design finalist for’s 50 on Fire for 2013.

Korn Design is honored to have been nominated for’s 50 on Fire. Korn Design attended’s big event at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport District. Categories of nominees ranged from media to healthcare to education to design. We were proud to represent the design category among esteemed peers. What does “being on fire” mean? To us, being ahead of the curve.

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A Bone for Oak

The AIGA Boston chapter and New England’s design community come together to celebrate the best design in the region.

We’re incredibly proud to announce that we recently won a BoNE Show Award for our recent branding work for Oak Long Bar and Kitchen. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the BoNE Show highlights the best work done throughout New England over the past two years. It’s an honor to be selected, and we had a ball seeing all the great work that our community creates.

In addition to the award for Oak, one of our designers—Steven Olimpio—won a BoNE in the student category for a poster that he created with Dave Tschiegg for Noertheastern University’s Department of Art & Design.

AIGA Fellow Award: Denise Korn

On the evening of September 14th, AIGA Boston presented the AIGA Fellow Award to Denise Korn for being a design visionary and youth advocate.

This gala event was in two acts: a dynamic awards ceremony featuring the theme “The Work Ahead” at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, followed by a killer dance party at the Boston Ballet.

The AIGA Boston Fellow Award recognizes a senior designer who has made a significant contribution to raising the standard of excellence in practice and conduct within the local or regional design community. This year’s recipient is our very own Denise Korn, principal of Korn Design and founder of Youth Design, an organization that provides career pathways in design-related industries for talented urban youth.

A panel of distinguished speakers shared how Denise has challenged, motivated, and supported them in their efforts to do creative, meaningful work in their professional and personal lives. Dancers from the Boston Ballet staged a special performance in honor of the occasion.

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