Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Career Advice for Creative Women

Join us for a Panel Discussion featuring four women in different stages of their design careers. Hear them talk about how they got to where they are, overcame their struggles, and career advice on getting to the next step. You can submit questions through registration or ask them in person during the panel or afterwards as we network while enjoying refreshments at a local bar (to be announced). Do not miss this opportunity to connect to your peers who are going through the same challenges as you or who are where you dream to be.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Registration will close Tuesday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m.

The event is sponsored by BNY Mellon and will be held in its Innovation Center in the main building downtown (500 Grant Street). Bring a photo ID and sign in at the security desk in the lobby. The space will open at 6:00 p.m. and the discussion will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Meet the Panelists

Ashley Blankette is a Group Manager of User Experience and Head of the Pittsburgh Innovation Center at BNY Mellon. As a Group Manager, she directs a dozen UX designers, researchers and front-end developers to deliver user-focused technology solutions. Within the Innovation Center, she’s concentrated on providing an environment that fosters collaboration between BNY Mellon technology and business partners. Ashley promotes active problem-solving with clients and works to engage thought leaders inside and outside the company to position the Innovation Center as a positive force within the firm and the Pittsburgh community.

Ashley’s career evolution brings together design, client advocacy and technology. Over the past ten years, she has worked in consulting settings and in-house, with specialized focus areas in user experience design, user research, design thinking methods and collaborative meeting facilitation. Ashley was also a board member and acted as Communications Director for AIGA Pittsburgh from 2012-2014. She is currently completing an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management and she graduated from Penn State with a B.Des. in Graphic Design and a B.A. in Communications.


Krystal Duke is a designer and letterer. In her role as Graphic Designer at MarketSpace she delivers print and digital solutions for clients in a variety of markets, including higher education, small business and manufacturing. Krystal also manages a number of passion freelance projects including benefit posters, identities, and hand lettered t-shirts. She has won awards from organizations like the Art Directors Club, Graphic Design USA and the Ad Fed. When she’s not designing, this amateur gardener finds joy in slowly watching her plants grow. Krystal is also fond of crochet, cats and bad jokes.


Evette Gabriel has transformed client needs and ideas into marketable designs for over a decade; bridging and transforming business and data into images and user experience. She is currently a Senior Experience Designer at MAYA Design, a BCG Company. Her work has spanned across a wide range of sectors including AdTech, EdTech, FinTech, Healthcare, Ecommerce, and Publishing. She has served as President of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, the second largest illustration society in the nation, and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two sons.


Laurie Mizrahi has more than 35 years of experience in design, marketing and communications. She balances business strategy, effective communication and strong creative design to assure that every client achieves their key business goals. Laurie established Mizrahi in 1987 after gaining invaluable experience at brand development and design firms in New York City. Today, she spearheads business development at Mizrahi and provides leadership in strategic planning and customer relationships. An active member of the community, Laurie is a former board member of Catalyst Connection, Regional Learning Alliance, Leadership Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) and was a founding member of AIGA Pittsburgh. She holds a B.F.A. in Design and B.A. in History from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Fellows Center at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

When & Where
Mon, Nov 30, -0001