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Postponed: Auckland DA Event: Women in Design

We have postponed this workshop due to COVID-19 until further notice.

Join us for an intimate evening with a panel conversation on: Living a life in design – success and support strategies

We’ll share drinks, food and conversation as we come together for relationships to be made, nurtured and supported.

Mirella Marie, Founder and Director of Womentor as convenor
Laura Cibilich, Director, Run
Jodine Bell, Creative Director, Principals
Annie Dow, Managing Director, Dow Goodfolk

$30+gst Professional | Free – Design Assembly Friend | Free – Student

(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

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Mirella Arapian

Mirella Arapian is an Armenian-Australian designer. She’s the founder and creative director of Vertigo, an award winning brand design studio, founder and director of Womentor, a global mentorship program for women in graphic design, and co-host of Australian Design Radio, a podcast providing the creative community with conversations and commentary on Australian design.

Mirella has worked across Australia and North America with leading brands including ANZ, The Age, Audi, Hieroglyphics Records, Sea Shepherd, Volvo, and WWF. She has spoken at design festivals, industry events, and educational institutions around Australia; her work has won awards, been published in international books and magazines, and exhibited in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania. As a woman in design leadership and a child of immigrants, she’s an advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion in creative industries. She believes in why before how and is passionate about social and environmental responsibility in design.

Instagram: @studiovertigo @womentor_
Twitter: @mirellaarapian

Jodine Bell

Jodine Bell started designing at 11 with an Interior design kit (that she begged for her birthday). Swapping from interiors to graphic design after her first year at design school paid off and she is now Creative Director at Principals Auckland. She’s worked for agencies, studios and clients across New Zealand, Australia and Europe, covering ‘new-media’ design pre-dot-com crash, endless photoshoots for fashion retail, FMCG, six banks… all through a brand lens. She loves a DIY reno project, hates the sound of a boiling (blue) jug, and can never remember what the Principals Auckland group email address is.

Laura Cibilich

Laura is the Founder and Design Director of award-winning design and advertising agency RUN, having started the company in 2008 (then called Designstein).

She was recently included as the only New Zealander in the Campaign Asia-Pacific Woman to Watch list, awarded for being an outstanding female high achiever in the marketing, advertising and communications industry across Asia-Pacific.

A designer with over 16 years experience, Laura has an extensive knowledge and expertise in strategic design and brand application. She has experience working across multiple international brands, for clients including Niue Tourism, Auckland Council, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Kelly Tarlton’s, Westpac, Plunket, Lego, Puma, Canon, 2degrees, Mattel, Te Puia and the United Nations.

Laura has also been commissioned to create work for the annual creative conference Semi-Permanent, was selected as a finalist in the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Awards and exhibited at Art in The Dark. In 2012 she completed a personal project – – where she designed the date every day of the year. She’s also a proud mum of two.

Laura has a passion for helping clients grow and build their businesses. Strategic based thinking helps her expertly navigate across media channels in the implementation of branding projects on any scale, small or large.

Annie Dow


May 6, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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GridAKL / John Lysaght
101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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