Impostor Syndrome In Design

Join in the conversation focusing on amplifying astounding voices of womxn design-thinkers. Hear the panel unpack their experiences & perceptions related to phenomena ‘impostor syndrome’ & their identities as Black womxn in design.


 Farida Abu-Bakare

Farida @fabsavoirfaire is an Associate & Licensed Architect in Toronto at the global firm HOK @hoknetwork. Farida has lived & worked internationally with a vast portfolio of workplace, higher ed, aviation, justice, & advanced sci-tech projects. She’s a board member of HOK’s Diversity Council promoting equitable & inclusive work environments where everyone can thrive. She's Community Affairs Director Emeritus of @NOMAtlanta. From NOMA, she founded BAIDA (Black Architects and Interior Designers Association) advocating diversity, equity & inclusion in professions of architecture & interior design in Canada.

Denise Shanté Brown

As a queer disabled entrepreneur, Denise is a Holistic Design Strategist & Founding Director of Black Womxn Flourish @blackwomxnflourish. Denise brings forth abundant possibilities for wellbeing with Black womxn through collaborative creativity & community-led practices. Her life's work integrates design as a liberatory tool for healing, health, justice & radical imagination. She currently lives in Baltimore, inspired by possibilities of more Black womxn flourishing by design.

Natasha Hicks

Natasha @nhicks3 is an urban planner & design activist working with Detroit City’s Housing & Revitalization Dept, where she’s increasing resident housing stability services access. Her work’s grounded in beliefs that design is a force for radical social change & looks to create infrastructures of agency for un/underrepresented communities. She's practiced strategic planning, architecture, exhibition & policy design professionally & is passionate about dismantling symptoms of racial inequity in the built environment. She’s organized events elevating voices of black & brown designers.

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