I have been honored to consult and work with many leading design firms across the country. Through these experiences, I have developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. I love sharing my expertise through my speaking engagements, guest posts, LinkedIn Learning & Skillshare classes, webinars, industry activism, and, through my new business book for creatives, Brutally Honest: No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business (order here!). Particularly, I enjoy speaking with designers and sharing my strongly held belief that how we act in our professional lives and how we communicate the value of our services reflects on the entire industry.
My daughter, Hunter Vargas, is also an integral part of my business, leading my new Reputation Building Research service and working directly with my clients on an as-needed basis. She’s a brilliant researcher, editor, writer, and an experienced project manager and content strategist. Her insight and unique, younger perspective and marketing/strategic expertise continues to be a huge asset to my consulting services. She knows our industry inside and out and can read my mind so we work together seamlessly.
For the last five years, I’ve taught a Business of Design course at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art (in Philadelphia). I previously taught professional practices at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) as well as New York University (NYU). I have also served as Secretary for the AIGA NY Board of Directors, and have guest lectured at many leading undergraduate and graduate design programs including at MICA, Pratt, and SVA. I’m also proud that my book, Brutally Honest, is becoming a go-to-resource and required textbook for a few select design programs in the United States and Canada. I’ve been a guest on several industry podcasts & live streams and have spoken for over 30 years at a wide range of conferences and events.