Communication is more important than your idea, technology or money. It is the single most important tool you need to succeed as a social innovator, or in anything else you want to accomplish. This master level interactive workshop will provide the principles and tools of powerful communication as the basis of all relationships, of leadership, entrepreneurship and impact. Come if you’re serious about becoming a social innovator, or leading change of any kind.
Cheryl Heller is a communication designer, writer and creative business strategist who has helped multi-national corporations, start ups and non-profit organizations grow. She is the founder of Heller Communication Design, founding Chair of the new MFA Program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change.
She has led transformational initiatives with major corporations such as Ford, American Express, Reebok, Mariott International, Cemex, Gap, Bayer Corporation, Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Hearst and Sappi, non-profits such as WWF, Audubon, IDE, Concern Worldwide and the Girl Scouts of America. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since become their marquee program, and has given over $10 million to designers working for the public good. She also advised Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum on the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%.”
Cheryl has been a core faculty member for the PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellows, mentoring the most exciting social entrepreneurs in the world as they create and scale new models for solving issues around poverty, water, health care, energy and conservation, often through the use of technology. She is the National Director of Leadership Education for AIGA, the professional association for design, and has written a book for them on the best process for preserving innovation within organizations. She currently writes for NextBillion and the Unreasonable Institute.
Cheryl has been profiled through articles in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, Graphis, and Communication Arts, is the recipient of countless awards from national and international creative competitions. Her work is included in the Library of Congress permanent collection, and has been published in numerous books on design and creativity. Cheryl is also the recipient of a Matrix Award for Women in Communication, and has been nominated twice for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards for Communication Design.