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 the University of Louisiana at...
Born in Denton, Texas, Chinaedu has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as well as a master’s degree in Design Management and a master’s degree in Data Analytics and Visualization from Pratt Institute. His passion for design has led him to work in various creative strategy and operations positions in New York. He currently resides in New York City where he works at Pratt Institute as both staff and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Design Management department.
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
As a creator of digital experiences, educator, and podcaster, Janine Toro fosters thoughtful relationships as a catalyst...
As a creator of digital experiences, educator, and podcaster, Janine Toro fosters 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 at Pratt Institute. 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.
Noelle Smith
Noelle Smith has a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters Degree in Professional Studies from...
Noelle Smith has a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters Degree in Professional Studies from Pratt’s Design Management Graduate School. Over her 20+ years career experience in the Home Furnishings Industry, she has managed Design and Product Development Teams both domestically and overseas. Her specialty is building product development strategies through building equity in private and national brands. Currently, Noelle is a Visiting Graduate Professor in the Design Management Program at Pratt where she teaches Product Development and Sustainability. Noelle also is an Adjunct Professor at FIT where she teaches Analytical Strategies in the School of Business and Technology. Professionally, Noelle is a Director of Sales and Merchandising for a large Home Textiles Importer who supplies to the largest retailers in the US.
Pinar Guvenc
Since 2015, Pinar has been the Partner of SOUR (formerly known as Eray/Carbajo), an international, award-winning...
Since 2015, Pinar has been 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 the clean-tech startup Sponge Inc. 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 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. Pinar is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer, as well as panel and podcast host of What's Wrong With, a series of discussions with progress makers and experts to diagnose real problems, ideate solutions, and raise awareness to the general public.
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 has 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 at Pratt Institute and has over twenty...
Stephanie Powell is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Photography Department at Pratt Institute and has over twenty years of experience as a photographer, artist, and educator. Her clients range from creative agencies to individual architecture, fashion, 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.
Tara St James
Tara St James launched Study NY in 2009 after designing high street fashion for over 15 years in Canada and the US....
Tara St James launched Study NY in 2009 after designing high street fashion for over 15 years in Canada and the US. Study produces in NYC’s garment district using ethical fabrics and production methods. Shortly after starting Study NY, Tara focused on educating the next generation of designers on the importance of sustainability in design. She has extensive lecturing and teaching experience in NYC including currently teaching a class on sustainable textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Study NY has been awarded the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation prize as well as runner up in the CFDA / Lexus Sustainable Fashion Challenge. Most recently Tara worked as Production Coordinator and Research Fellow in the Sustainable Strategies Lab for Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. She has built a sustainable textile library and sourcing service and will be launching the new Re:Source Library consultancy in July 2019. Tara St James has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years. In addition to founding her own sustainable brand, she has consulted for both small and large brands and has a broad understanding of sustainable design and supply chain. Most recently Tara worked as Production Coordinator and Research Fellow in the Sustainable Strategies Lab for Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. She has built a sustainable textile library and sourcing service to help the industry find responsible solutions. Tara also teaches a sustainable material sourcing course at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
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.
Whitney McGuire
Whitney McGuire. Esq. is a mother, a New York state licensed attorney, legal and sustainability consultant & strategist,...
Whitney McGuire. Esq. is a mother, a New York state licensed attorney, legal and sustainability consultant & strategist, and co-founder of Sustainable Brooklyn, an organization that disrupts the whitewashing of sustainability in order to concretize equity in the sustainability movement. With more than a decade of experience in law and sustainability, she is a pioneer in the field of fashion law and a fierce advocate for the sustainability of communities first and most impacted by environmental and social degradation. In 2013, after graduating law school at the Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law, Whitney opened her own law firm to support the sustainability of primarily BIPOC artists and fashion designers. Whitney has held positions in fashion lobbying, the U.S. federal judiciary, various fashion-oriented for profit and non-profit companies, and in law firms. In addition to her work as a mother, attorney and sustainability strategist, Whitney is a co-founder of the record label swiMMMers ear with her husband, multi-disciplinary artist, Nelson Nance. Whitney received her undergraduate degree in English and Africana Studies from The George Washington University.

Made in NYC Partners

Garment District Alliance
Pratt Institute