Design Portland: Big Sis, Lil’ Sis

Big Sis, Lil' Sis is a moderated chat about friendship, support and the mentoring of women creatives of color and those that identify. Drawing from the experiences of our creative work and the importance of mentorship, we’ll have real talk about creative life, sisterhood and what it means to be a creative of color in Portland today.

All are welcome.

This is a free ticketed event with a suggested donation of $5 - $20 at the door to help support our panelists, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and cover our expenses.

Big thanks to our host the Regional Arts & Culture Council and our panelists. We heart you!

Current panelists:

Belin Liu

Belin Liu is all about using smart, context-driven, design thinking and unconventional strategies. Before carving her own path as a freelancer, Belin spent her days as Art Director at Atelier Ace, the motley crew behind Ace Hotel Group. Her award-winning career there ran the gamut of innovative art experiences, transformative physical spaces and development of creative in partnership with Levi’s, Vans, Converse, Impossible Project, London Design Festival, Vancouver Art Museum and WeTransfer. Belin’s work has been shown in The New York Times, T Magazine, Wallpaper*, Monocle, Highsnobiety, Refinery29 and Vanity Fair.

Nishat Akhtar

Nishat Akhtar is an Associate Creative Director at Instrument and an adjunct professor of design at Portland State University. Her work is multi-disciplinary, ranging from illustration and brand design to interactive projects and experimental sprints. Clients include Nike, Google, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Anthropologie and more. Nishat has shared her artwork globally through exhibitions, lectures and workshops from New York to Tokyo. 

Nagini Reddy

Nagini Reddy is a designer from Portland, Oregon who enjoys exploring the crossroads of art + design, film, fashion, technology, and society. She loves watching films and traveling to new places. Nagini currently works at Wieden+Kennedy here in Portland. 

Precious Bugarin +
Gaby Tirta Jenkins


Plus more to be announced soon.