What is Pecha Kucha, you ask? Pecha Kucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming—it's a storytelling format in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds per presentation. Throughout the evening, nine ISB community members will give the audience a glimpse of their inspiration, their stories, and their work through these fast-paced presentations.
Pecha Kucha is a favorite event in our community that you won't want to miss!
Thank you, gracias, and merci to the generous donors and community members who attended ISB's 2021 Pecha Kucha Evening (on Zoom). A special thanks to our hosts, Chinyere Vann and Paul Edelstein, Development Committee Chair Gretchen Drobnyk, and, of course, our amazing presenters!
Juan Pablo Lombana, Editor, Writer, and Translator
Juan Pablo’s translations include plays by the likes of Samuel Beckett, David Mamet and Paula Vogel; nonfiction books about everything from baseball (slugger David Ortiz’s story) to politics (excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s memoir) to history (Colombia in the 19th century); and many children’s books, including best-selling author Raina Telgemeier’s Drama, Ghosts, and Guts, and a couple of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series.
Jill Malek, Interior Furnishing Artist and Designer
Jill Malek is a design studio that creates wall coverings, rugs, and textiles for the interior design and architecture community. Inspired by the fluid forms found both in natural and urban landscapes, the studio is a pioneer in the use of dimensional materials in commercial wallcovering, raising the industry’s bar by creating transformative products that promote wellness and illustrate expressive forms in nature. After art directing for the Westin brand at Starwood hotels and resorts in 2008, Jill Malekopened her studio which focuses on bespoke, nature-inspired products.
Since then, her work has appeared in a large range of global interiors, including 50 floors of the east and west corridors at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel and Resort Casino, (in addition to the new Red Plate Restaurant), the Google flagship offices in Los Angeles and New York, The Ritz-Carlton Boston’s restaurant & lounge, ballroom, bathrooms, and guest suites, Holt Renfrew Toronto, Victoria Secret dressing rooms worldwide, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks FifthAvenue New York and Hawaii, Westin ballrooms worldwide, Bliss spas, Bloomingdales, The Avalon in Brooklyn, Harvey Nichols in Dubai, the Youtube flagship office in Los Angeles, The Blue Apron flagship office in Austin, Anthropologie, Hyatt Centric in Philadelphia, and The Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
In 2012, seven of her patterns were acquired from the Brooklyn Museum as part of their permanent decorative arts collection. In 2013, after recognizing a void in the children’s wallcovering market, she formed another company with famed children’s decorators, Sissy+Marley, to create inspired sophisticated patterns for children. In 2014, Jill Malek, along with Sissy+Marley, were proud recipients of the coveted ICFF EDITORS AWARDS in the wallcovering category. In 2018, Jill Malek and Visual Magnetics were NYCxDESIGN honorees for their collaborative collection of magnetic wallcoverings for workspaces in the commercial wallcovering category. That same here, the Natural Dimensions collection was a BEST OF YEAR finalist in the contract wallcovering category, hosted by Interior Design Magazine. Most recently, The Jill Malek x Visual Magnetics FORCES wallcovering for workspaces collection received a 2019 German Design Award. Jill Malek also received a BEST IN SHOW for wallcoverings through IFDA in 2019.
Meshell Ndegeocello, Singer/Songwriter/Bassist and Composer for Television and Film
Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musical trends for musical truths.
Fans have come to expect the unexpected and follow her on sojourns into soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by the search for love, justice, respect, and resolution. Those sonic investigations have defied and redefined the expectations for women, for queer artists, and for black music for over 30 years and she remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.
A bass player above all else, Meshell brings her warm, fat, and melodic groove to everything she does. She has earned a Grammy award along with numerous nominations, and has played alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrett, and Stevie Wonder. Meshell is always grateful for the opportunity to share the stage and believes music is a fellowship. She looks to spread that gospel with every creation and collaboration.
Molly Neuman, President of Songtrust
Molly Neuman is the President of Songtrust, the world’s largest global royalty collection service and music publishing administrator. As President, Neuman leads the company’s day-to-day operations, global expansion, and royalty collection innovations. Under Neuman’s leadership, the platform has grown to represent more than 350,000 songwriters, 3,000,000 songs and thousands of music companies including publishers, distributors, and record labels. Prior to joining Songtrust, Molly was Head of Music at Kickstarter, Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), and held senior roles in label relations at a number of digital music services.
Molly is on the board of the Music Business Association, the advisory board of Women in Music and previously served on the boards of SoundExchange and A2IM. She was recognized on Billboard’s 2020 and 2019 Women In Music List and 2018 Digital Power Players List. Her career in music began as the drummer in Riot Grrrl band, Bratmobile. Molly also received her IB from the Washington International School in Washington, D.C. where she started in nursery Spanish to two American parents.
Selin Olmsted, Co-founder and Creative Director of Selin Olmsted Studio
Selin Olmsted discovered her passion for art and design at a young age while growing up in Istanbul, Turkey. She was continually influenced, partly by her father who was an architect, as well as the diverse textures around her such as the metropolitan cityscapes and the sophisticated style of people living in Istanbul. This, with her love of fashion, brought her to NYC to study at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
After graduating from F.I.T. and receiving a BFA, Selin designed menswear for the next 10 years. While in the menswear field, Selin was introduced to an opportunity at Warby Parker through Antonio Azzuolo she was then working for and looks up to as a mentor. She became a full-time designer at the company and became trained in the eyewear field. Along with her colleagues, she created several collections from concept to production many of which are still part of the best-selling styles. Selin then ventured out on her own and became an independent eyewear designer. She now runs an eyewear design studio, located in Brooklyn, New York, creating sun and optical eyewear for reputable brands in the U.S. and Internationally.
Regan Penaluna, Author of the Forthcoming Book "How to Think Like a Woman"
Regan Penaluna is a senior editor at Guernica, a Magazine of Global Arts and Politics, and a former editor at Nautilus, a science magazine with a literary voice. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MS in journalism, and her hybrid memoir-biography about women philosophers is forthcoming with Grove Atlantic.
Phil Shawe, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Transperfect
Phil Shawe is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of TransPerfect, a global family of companies and the world’s largest privately held provider of language and business services. Phil has overseen the day-to-day operations of the company for over 25 years, and grown the business from two people to an industry leader with over 4,000 employees and 100 offices worldwide.
Under Phil’s leadership, TransPerfect has received numerous awards and distinctions. The company is a seven-time honoree of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. Phil has been named Entrepreneur of the Year for New York City by Ernst & Young, and named to Crain’s New York prestigious “40 Under 40 list” as one of the top young executives in New York. Crain’s has also ranked TransPerfect as one of the largest privately held companies nine years in a row. TransPerfect was also named to fastest-growing lists six times by Entrepreneur.
Seán Slemon, Artist
Seán Slemon is a South African artist living and working between New York and South Africa since 2005, recognized for addressing socio-political issues pertaining to the commodification and distribution of natural resources, examining how land, light, and trees are co-opted to advance or discriminate underscoring the active and passive decisions we make as a society. The result is an interrogation of public vs. private property, its ownership, and the impact this distribution can have on people’s lives, through sculpture, drawing, and installation.
Kate Eberle Walker, Author of "The Good Boss: 9 Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work"
Kate is the author of The Good Boss: 9 Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work. She is CEO of PresenceLearning, the leading teletherapy platform for K-12 special education services, where over 1500 women work for the company. Previously she was CEO of The Princeton Review and she started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. She is a working mom with two daughters ages 9 and 12.