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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!

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Rally for Change

The Youth Design Rally for Change event was a huge success! We were so fortunate to celebrate all we’ve achieved in the last ten years as well as renew our excitement for the future of Youth Design. Many of you have rallied with us to shape the next generation of young urban designers.

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Youth Design Reebok Tour

As one of the Thursday Morning Workshops, Youth Design toured a company known for their athletic shoes, apparel and innovation since 1895, Reebok. Youth Design saw cutting edge fitness equipment in Reebok’s Cross Fit, and the freshest fashion and shoe designs on the creative floor.

Meeting with tradesmen who constructed shoes, both by hand and on the computer, Youth Designers received great advice on how to advance in the design field.

The tour finished with a scavenger hunt.  After being spilt into groups, scavenger hunt questions led Youth Designers between stations focused on color, innovation, graphic design, clothing trends, footwear trends and team building.

The groups played outdoor games as a team, chose color schemes for Reebok shoes, created classic clothing trends, arranged trend colors and saw the different stages of Reebok’s logo. After enjoying their scavenger haunt and delicious lunch Youth Designers were given Reebok book bags filled products and a coupon for a custom pair of Reeboks inside.

Youth Design would like to thank the PIC volunteers and all the staff at Reebok who made this possible!

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Youth Design Girls Closet 2012

In honor of the Boston Fashion and Lifestyles Tour, Youth Design leadership and the ladies of Korn Design organized a glamorous night for our Youth Design girls. Youth Design girls were treated to refreshments and tables lined with designer goods from 5-7pm on Thursday August 2nd.

Each Youth Designer was allowed to take their fill of professional attire, casual gear, accessories and shoes. Laughter and smiles resonated through the Korn Design office, and the Youth Design girls left the closet with bags stocked to the brim with items to wear and share.

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Youth Design ICA Workshop

Youth Design visited the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and it was absolutely fantastic.

The morning started off on the grandstand overlooking the harbor. Youth Designers sat on the steps as Denise and Nikki Korn (Principal, Cause Consulting) started off the morning with a few words. Several Youth Designers stood up and shared how they’re progressing with their ideas for 2012 Youth Designers Take Action Design Competition and everyone had a short dialogue giving advice and discussing the process of creating a design for a cause.

Youth Designers were then split into 3 groups and led on a guided tour of the various exhibits on display at the ICA. Youth Designers were shown the permanent collection which included various photographic works, sculpture, and installations. They were then led to see the exhibition on view, titled “Some Pictures of the Infinite” by Josiah Mcehlheny. It was a really great experience for everyone and Youth Designers sparked some very insightful and thoughtful discussions with tour guides about the art and the message that it presented.

After the tour, the three groups congregated in the Art Lab for an hour-long meeting and general discussion. A few representatives of the ICA talked about teen programs available at the ICA. Following the ICA’s presentation, Denise took the stage and led a discussion with Youth Designers about their experiences at their internships so far. Youth Designers were invited to stand up and speak about their experience so far, how their expectations compare to the real thing, and anything else they wanted to reflect upon. It was a really great discussion with lots of sharing. Several Youth Designers who are in the program for their second year gave advice around dealing with struggles at work and how to be as efficient as possible.

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An Evening with Milton Glaser

Denise met up with Chris Pullman and Youth Design grad/sum freshman at Cooper Union for an evening of Milton Glaser design, lore and fun. First stop was at the AIGA National Design Center Gallery to see Glaser’s work, In Search of the Miraculous or One Thing Leads to Another, on view through Nov. 24th. They then strolled over to the SVA Theatre to see the screening of To Inform and Delight, a biographical documentary about Glaser’s work, life in NY and thoughts on mentoring, teaching, and working. Their last stop was dinner at EATALY, Batali, Bastianich and Company’s recently opened temple to all that is an Italian eatery . . . they give the Pizza/Pasta Restaurant a thumb’s up- yum!

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