Badass Women in Design & Advertising

Welcome to the Real World

In partnership with Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design

Hey students! The real world is coming faster than you think. Are you ready? Here’s your opportunity to learn from young professionals who work in the industry.

Meet our young pros:

Megan Cash
is a graphic design and illustration professional with a passion for visual communications and storytelling. With over 10 years of experience working in agency, corporate in-house and freelance positions, she brings a unique set of skills to every project and opportunity that comes her way. Currently, she holds a full-time design position with the J.M. Smucker Company while also managing her portfolio of illustration work, which can be found on greeting cards and stationery at Target, TJ Maxx, World Market and through various online retailers. She currently resides in Canton, OH with her husband Evan, son Miles and is expecting a baby girl in April 2023. 

Lauren Green
is a Typo-Graphic Designer and researcher specializing in Type Design and Environmental Graphics. She is in her final semester of grad school at Kent State University, pursuing a MFA degree. As the lead Graphic Designer with Ideastream Public Media, she has transformed their perceptions and value of design and has built an established creative department from the ground up. “There’s something beautiful about typography that other facets of design don’t consider; it’s a hidden craft you don’t notice until it’s done incorrectly. Letterforms flow into every part of design, whether that be for the public eye or created for other designers; type is always at its core.”

Kali Madden
is a native of Canton, OH and a University of Akron alumna. She grew up with a passion for all things creative. In 2021, she became an intern at Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co (HOFREco). where she continues her work today as a Content Coordinator. Since starting her journey at HOFREco, she has had the opportunity to work on large scale and community events, photograph the USFL championships, as well as Trace Adkins, Journey, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement week festivities, the Ojay’s and Gladys Knight plus countless and more events.

LeKesha Parkman
is a Graphic Designer at Environmental Design Group. She specializes in print design, advertising, social media creation and page layout. Her creative experience includes photography, illustration, flyers, signage, and advertisements. She’s an avid painter and graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from The University of Akron with a BFA in Graphic Design and minors in Psychology and Emerging Technologies. During her junior and senior years, she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Buchtelite, a student-operated newspaper and website that publishes online with select print publications throughout the school year.

This event is free and open to all.
It will be held in-person at the KSU Kent campus
Design Innovation Hub, room 219
400 Janik Drive, Kent OH 44243

Social afterwards at Ray’s in downtown Kent.

This event will also be broadcast via Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to all registered attendees.

Please park in lots R-2 (College of Business) or R-15 (Cartwright Hall) off of Terrace Dr. No parking permit is required. Parking Services will not ticket between 5-7:30pm. The Design Innovation Hub has a mirrored rectangular sculpture near the entrance — enter the lecture room via the door immediately to the right or go down the stairs to enter at the lecturer level. The room has theatre-style seating.



Mar 09 2023


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm



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