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The Industrial Designers Society of America promotes the practice of industrial design through education, information, community and advocacy. Our roots extend to the very beginning of the industrial design profession; however, we’ve grown to embrace the boundless potential of the greater design industry. We are a voice for industrial design within this ecosystem and celebrate the cross-functional overlap of many creative fields.

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These Masters of Ceremonies will lead the IDC audience through a thoughtful dialogue centered on the themes and presentations of the day. Both of these individuals are deeply experienced in the language of design and will work to create an engaging atmosphere while navigating the transitions between presenters and other on-stage content.

Mark Wilson

Senior Writer, Fast Company

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who lives in Chicago. He has flown a jetpack, crashed a startup, and likes pineapple on pizza. He has written about design, technology, food, and culture for the last fifteen years for publications including GQ, Esquire, Gizmodo, and Kotaku.

With a background in English and cinema production, Mark has produced several video series and written extensively about industrial, interface, and experience design--along with the ethical implications of dark patterns and consumption. 

For his last seven years at Fast Company, Mark has written everything from deep celebrity profiles to hot takes about Ikea furniture. 

Marcelle van Beusekom

Design Director, IDEO

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Marcelle is Design Director in IDEO's Palo Alto office. Her professional experience is rooted in design development within the context of several global design consultancies (VanBerlo, PDD, LUNAR) as well as in-house corporation Samsung and business consultancy McKinsey&Co.

Throughout her +14 years of experience she developed an in-depth ability to balance the rational business considerations in projects with strong emotional aspirations. Fueled with a passion for craft, she aims to develop products that attract, intrigue and delight whilst strengthening and enhancing the brand experience.


J Mays

Vice President Global Design and Chief Design Officer, Whirlpool

A world-renowned automotive and industrial designer, J Mays has a history of transforming companies into design leaders. Mays worked as Design Director for Audi AG prior to his 16-year tenure as Group Vice President of Design at Ford Motor Company, and up until 2017 acted in a design advisory role to Disney / Pixar. His influence is recognized throughout the automotive industry in the design of vehicles like the VW New Beetle, Audi TT, Ford GT and three consecutive Mustang generations.


Mays’ work has been celebrated by institutions as diverse as Harvard and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2018, J joined Whirlpool Corporation as the Vice President Global Design and Chief Design Officer. Born in Pauls Valley Oklahoma, Mays studied automotive design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Shannon Galpin

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Author and Global Activist

Shannon Galpin is the founder of women’s rights non-profit Mountain2Mountain, art-as-activism group Combat Apathy, and co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Endangered Activism.  Shannon worked for a decade on women’s rights projects in Afghanistan. In 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, she supported and trained the first Afghan Women’s National Cycling team and helped build and support the burgeoning right to ride movement in Afghanistan. Shannon is the author of two books, her memoir, Mountain to Mountain:  A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, and a photography book Streets of Afghanistan.  She is the producer of the documentary film, Afghan Cycles. The International Olympic Committee awarded Shannon an Honorary Achievement Diploma in 2015 for her work promoting gender equity through sports.


A passionate believer in public art as activism, Shannon created the groundbreaking street art installation Streets of Afghanistan in 2011, and recently launched the street art project #WhatWeLose in Paris and Oxford, England. Shannon is a sexual assault survivor and a two-time stroke survivor.  Shannon is a Fellow with the Explorer’s Club. She is currently directing her first feature film, writing her first graphic novel with her 14-year-old daughter, and finishing her second memoir. 


Main Stage Presentations

Art Director, Designer, & Letterer
ASTRO Studios
Int'l Interior Designers Association (IIDA)
We Create Futures
BMW Design Group & Designdrives.org
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Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Pas de Chocolat
Group Project
Smart Design
Priority Designs
Kedge & The Futures School
Wellspan Research & Design
Designer / Researcher
University of Washington
Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Priority Designs
Bank of America
Michael DiTullo
NYC Dept of Sanitation
Product Designer
Creative Director
DEKA Research & Development
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Rapid Fire Talks

Grow USA
Rise Design
Linx Global Mfg
Beyond Design
Garmin Outdoor
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Student Merit Award Presentations

Midwest District GSMA, University of Notre Dame
Northeast District GSMA, University of Pennsylvania
Northeast District SMA, Kean University
West District SMA, University of Washington
Midwest District SMA, Purdue University
Central District SMA, University of Cincinnati
West District GSMA, Academy of Art University
South District GSMA, University of Houston
South District SMA, University of Houston
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