Founder of Wise Media, Co-Founder Diversify Photo
Andrea Wise is visual communication and digital media specialist working with artists, media outlets, tech startups, production companies, and brands to develop and deploy impactful narrative visual storytelling experiences. She brings a decade of experience in photography and documentary filmmaking to help her clients define and refine their editorial voice, establish visual standards for digital storytelling, develop content strategies, and produce compelling human-interest photography and video content for digital channels.
As Co-Founder & Creative Director of Diversify Photo, she advocates for greater representation of marginalized groups in the photography industry by creating resources for art directors and photo editors to find and hire photographers of color working across journalism, fashion, and advertising, and by partnering with organizations to develop opportunities to elevate and amplify the voices of photographers of color.
Andrea’s clients and publications include Newsweek, The New York Times, ESPN, AARP, The Alexia Foundation, The Univerity of Oxford, The University of Hartford, The University of Oslo, The Hartford Courant, News Photographer Magazine among others. She has juried competitions for Getty Images, The FENCE, AI-AP, and she has spoken and led photography and filmmaking workshops at Syracuse University, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University, The University of Oregon, and Trinity College. Her work has been recognized by National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, iTunes, The Student Academy Awards, Open Show NYC, Graphic Design USA.
She is an alum of Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXVI and the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop and holds a M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University and a B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts from Trinity College.
Cheryl is a CADC recognized graphic designer and entrepreneur. She studied graphic design, print technique, and fine arts at the University of London, Syracuse University, and the Parson's School of Design, ultimately receiving her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Hartford. Her long-running working relationship with HMV record stores afforded her the opportunity to work with record companies such as Sony, Vanguard, Virgin, Disney as well as smaller boutique brands and organizations. This phase of her career earned her an award from the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. She places great emphasis on the value of family, exploration, and work ethic.
VP, Brand & Creative Partnerships at Great Big Story
As a creative and design director with over 15 years’ experience, Ben Whitla focuses on the place where brands and digital meet – effectively building and managing brands in emerging companies of all sizes. Whitla was Creative Director at Beam Interactive, Design Director at Yahoo, and now VP Brand & Creative Partnerships for Great Big Story, where he oversees all digital products, branding, marketing, video aesthetics and motion graphics, as well as the creative partnerships team, and the social programming and publishing teams.
Associate Creative Director, Converse
Damion was born & raised in Connecticut. At the age of 14, he was introduced to Graphic Design where he learned to chase type, silkscreen and run various printing presses. His passion for design was instant, just like it was with art & skateboarding. This lead to a long freelance career working for the likes of: Puma, R.J. Reynolds, Timex Watches, Kona Bicycles, Compatriot Snowboards, Brewery Silvaticus, Flip Skateboards, Steep Tea, The State of Pennsylvania, Ropeadope Records, Hip Hop Slam Records, OkayPlayer, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Living Colour & many more.
In 2006 Damion joined Converse and has been there for 13 years, where he currently is a Creative Director. Here, he manages a global footwear design team, oversees seasonal creative strategy, product design and various partner relationships.
As an artist, Damion continues to show sculpture & printmaking throughout the US, Europe and Japan. He currently live in Southern New Hampshire with his 12 year old son Zuri & his wife Jennifer.
Awards & Publications: Good Design Award, How Design: Behind Design, Rockport Logos & Letterhead 6, Dos Logos Book, Art and Sole; Custom Sneaker book, Custom Kicks Book; Sneaker Culture book, Jeremyville Sessions; Art collabortations.
Artist and Designer
Danielle grew up in the weird and wonderful state of New Jersey. She was lucky to have a charmed childhood; spending afternoons playing in the woods and weekends with her quirky Polish Grandparents. When she was 9, she won acrylic lessons from a local artist and has been painting ever since.
Danielle attended college at Tyler School of Art, which was located on an old estate right outside of Philadelphia. Her first job was in Anthropologie’s Art Department where she designed branding collateral and created illustrations for marketing campaigns. In 2012, after a long hike through California, she left her job and moved to Brooklyn to pursue a freelance career. She is currently living in Saugerties, NY.
Danielle’s present body of work includes illustrations for publishing projects, stationery, textile designs, ceramics, product development and personal paintings. No matter what her medium is, Danielle’s playful style aims to make your average day a little bit brighter. She’s particularly inspired by her childhood memories, past decades–especially mid-century art and design, flowers, the outdoors, road trips and thrift shops. She has worked with such brands as Penguin Books, Kate Spade New York, Google, Warby Parker, Ban.do, Real Simple Magazine, Land of Nod and more.