FEATURING: Suzanne McKenzie
WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL MISSION?
Design can and does change lives. Able Made is a personal mission of mine to make an impact with responsible manufacturing and empowering underserved communities. The sale of our products fund social projects like, Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING AND HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I am a designer by trade and currently working on my business, Able Made. I started my career in project management at a creative agency and simultaneously built my portfolio and education in design. I really love to create from the ground up to bring an idea to life.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
In addition to Able Made, I teach a Design and Social Entrepreneurship course at School of Visual Arts in NYC. The course focuses on how design and design thinking can be applied to social systems, awareness campaigns, and problem solving to help improve the lives of others. I'm proud to work with a talented group of students who are discovering that their passions can be married to their work if they want it to. Work in design no longer needs to just be a paycheck or way to pay your rent or mortgage.
ANY PERSON YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO FOR YOUR GOWTH IN THE INDUSTRY?
Brian Bergeron! He was my teacher at the design program in New England School of Art and Design. And, when I moved to NYC in 2011, he was incredibly supportive. I had the opportunity to work with him at MoMA when I first arrived and I will be forever grateful for that experience.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO ADHESIVE? WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST EVENT?
Again, Brian Bergeron! My first event was in Brooklyn last year where I met many people that I now work with. Adhesive has a vibrant and inspired community and I'm looking forward to meeting more people through the network!
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