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Friday Forum

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Friday, Feb. 22
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Class of 2018 Alumni Panel

Coryn Bajema (XD), Google
Evan Chiplock (CW), The Community
Whitney Downing (AD), Wieden+Kennedy Portland
Hannah Levy (CBM), The Martin Agency
Martin Madriaga (ST), Arts & Letters
Christa Prater (CW), Wieden+Kennedy Portland
Blake Smoral (ST), The Martin Agency

Topic: Imposter Syndrome


Coryn Bajema (Experience design, 2018) is a Fiver Designer at Google. The team that she works on is product/product innovation focused. They attempt to approach every problem as an objective user.  Though they all have their "Super Power", they also get the opportunity to wear many hats. Sometimes you're the graphic designer, sometimes you're the writer, sometimes you're the UX researcher, sometimes you're the strategist, and sometimes you're just the enthusiastic teammate that keeps challenging an idea to make it better an better.  At the end of the day, the goal is to work together to make stuff that's impactful, useful and accessible for EVERYONE. 

After graduating from UVA (Go Hoos!) and then the Brandcenter (Go Brands!), Evan Chiplock (Copywriting, 2018) packed up and moved to the Big Apple to help open a new office for The Community. The biggest lesson he's learned since getting a grown-up job? "Always pack a snack."

Whitney Downing (Art direction, 2018) is an art director at Wieden+Kennedy Portland. 

Since graduating from the Brandcenter, Hannah Levy (Creative brand management, 2018) has been working in Account Leadership at The Martin Agency. As an account executive on the Mondelez team, she is responsible for all day to day activity for RITZ (both Core and RITZ Crisp & Thins brands). 

Martin Madriaga (Strategy, 2018) is a Business Manager at Arts & Letters, where his job is to make sure the work works. He’s been told he is very personable.

Christa Prater (Copywriting, 2018) is a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy Portland.

Blake Smoral (Strategy, 2018) is a plant lady, dog mom, pizza lover, band member, supersmash bros player, and associate strategist at the Martin Agency where she does the whole gamut of strategy- from brand and comms to content and digital.


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