Made in NYC Learning Lab

Make here. Learn here. Grow here. Free access to marketing workshops & creative services for NYC manufacturers & makers.

Due to COVID-19 all Made in NYC Learning Lab classes will continue online until further notice. More details provided upon course registration.

 

Made in NYC Instructors

Chinaedu Maduagwu
Born in Denton, Texas Chinaedu has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from University of Louisiana, Lafayette,...
Born in Denton, Texas Chinaedu has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from University of Louisiana, Lafayette, a Master's degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute, New York and a Masters in Data Analytics and Visualization, in the School of information at Pratt Institute. His passion for design has led him to work in business strategy and operations positions in New York. He currently resides in New York City where he works at Pratt Institute in the Design Management department and as Visiting Assistant Professor.
Esmilda Abreu-Hornbostel
Dr. Esmilda Abreu received her Master’s degree in Psychology, her doctorate in Organization and Management, and...
Dr. Esmilda Abreu received her Master’s degree in Psychology, her doctorate in Organization and Management, and focuses her research on leadership, corporate culture, and mentoring. Dr. Abreu has studied meditation and mindfulness and has had a personal mindfulness practice for more than 38 years. As Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Pratt Institute she fosters student success and academic excellence. She integrates contemplative practices into her Business and Negotiations courses at Pratt Institute.
Janine Toro
I’m Janine Toro, a creator of digital experiences, an educator and a podcaster....
I’m Janine Toro, a creator of digital experiences, an educator and a podcaster. I foster thoughtful relationships as a catalyst for collaboration while dissecting the complexities of products to design experiences for humans.
Kirsten Richert
Kirsten Richert is the CEO of Richert Innovation Consulting, a firm that helps leaders with strategic planning, product...
Kirsten Richert is the CEO of Richert Innovation Consulting, a firm that helps leaders with strategic planning, product and service innovation, and organizational development. Going beyond unfocused brainstorming—they help teams learn fail-safe methods of unlocking creativity to produce new ideas that stand out from the competition. Kirsten learned this craft by helping education teams come up with uniquely innovative product ideas and then turn them into reality. As the former Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Pearson, the world’s leading educational textbook publisher, she oversaw the creation of breakthrough “digital-first” K-12 curriculum and acted as a corporate on-call innovation coach for their next-generation projects. Now, in addition to her consulting practice, Kirsten teaches here at Pratt. She says “I am delighted to teach courses in ‘Design Thinking and Communication’ and ‘Innovation on Demand.’ I love our students because they have such creative, diverse, and fascinating life and work experiences and we activate these gifts through innovation concepts and tools.” Kirsten received her undergraduate degree in Social Science from Hampshire College, her master’s degree in Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and her training in innovation and facilitation methods from SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) and ToP (Technology of Participation).
Loney Abrams & Johnny Stanish
Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish are the founders of Wretched Flowers, a brand that heightens our relationships to land...
Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish are the founders of Wretched Flowers, a brand that heightens our relationships to land through foraged flower arrangements, eco-conscious objects for the home, and awareness-raising creative content. Additionally, the married duo co-teach a course on creative entrepreneurship for the post-internet era at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where they both received their MFAs in 2013. Previously, they co-founded Hotel Art Pavilion, an art gallery geared towards online audiences, and exhibited their own artworks globally as a collaborative partnership. Follow along on Instagram @wretched_flowers_ or online at www.wretchedflowers.com.
Pinar Guvenc
Since 2015, Pinar is the Partner of SOUR (formerly known as Eray/Carbajo), an international, award-winning architecture...
Since 2015, Pinar is the Partner of SOUR (formerly known as Eray/Carbajo), an international, award-winning architecture and design studio with the mission to address social and urban problems through sustainable, adaptive and inclusive methodologies. In addition to managing the business operations, Pinar leads the strategic planning, research and partnerships efforts of the studio. Prior to SOUR, Pinar co-founded various ventures where she helped set-up company infrastructure and grow them through funding or incubation, achieving international recognition and awards. New York Functional Furniture – an e- commerce platform for functional furniture designed in NYC, was acquired by Lazzoni USA after its showroom opening in 2015 and Sponge Inc. - a clean-tech startup - won three international awards, and has been accepted to EU’s Climate KIC Accelerator in Netherlands and Plug and Play Incubator in California, USA. Pinar is also Part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design, School of Design Strategies and serves on the Board of Directors of Open Style Lab, a nonprofit organization initiated at MIT, with the purpose of making style accessible to people of all abilities. She created and teaches a strategic collaborations workshop series for Pratt Center for Community Development and Made in NYC initiative. Pinar is a frequent public speaker and a guest lecturer, and hosts the panels and podcasts of What's Wrong With, a series of discussions with progress makers and experts to diagnose real problems, ideate solutions and raise awareness to general public. Pinar has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and MSc in Economics & Finance.
Rhonda Schaller
Rhonda Schaller is a Visiting Associate Professor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, and oversees the Center...
Rhonda Schaller is a Visiting Associate Professor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, and oversees the Center for Career & Professional Development. She is the founder of the Meditation Incubator project at Pratt Institute, the founding chair of the Mindfulness in Student Affairs Committee and Mindful Pratt. She is a recent Pratt Research Seed grant scholar, and received a 2 year Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation grant award for her Mindfulness Collaboratory project. She is a Fulbright Roster Specialist in Mindfulness in Higher Education, and the author of Create Your Art Career (2013, Allworth Press), Called or Not, Spirits are Present (2009, Blue Pearl Press), and contributed chapters for The Mindful Eye: Contemplative Pedagogies in Visual Arts Education (2018, Common Ground Publishers) and Starting Your Career in the Fine Arts (2011, Allworth Press).
Stephanie Powell
Stephanie Powell is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Photography Department and Pratt Institute and has over twenty...
Stephanie Powell is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Photography Department and Pratt Institute and has over twenty years experience as a photographer, artist and educator. Her clients range from creative agencies to individual architecture, fashion and food and beverage brands. Stephanie is also an internationally exhibiting artist who has recently been featured in Flaunt magazine and I Heart Photography. She has an M.F.A. in Photography from the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A in Studio Art from the University of Oregon.
Tessa Maffucci
Tessa Maffucci began her academic career at New York University’s Gallatin School and holds a master’s in Fashion...
Tessa Maffucci began her academic career at New York University’s Gallatin School and holds a master’s in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She teaches in the Fashion Department at Pratt Institute, currently acting as the Departmental Sustainability Coordinator to help advance campus-wide curriculum and programming goals for sustainable design strategies.

Made in NYC Partners

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