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This has been a really great month for interviews, and we’ve got another killer one for you this week with creative director, global designer, and digital strategist Ced Funches.

Ced’s resume reads like a designer’s wishlist. He’s worked in the NBA, the video game industry, higher education, wrote a children’s book, and heads up his own digital agency Flippo+Interactive. Our interview touches on all of this, as well as Ced’s thoughts on the design industry and what we can all do to make it better for designers to come.

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Antionette Carroll is one of the leading people championing for diversity in the design community. As the chair of AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, she’s spearheading initiatives with the organization to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the field through outreach, mentorship, and more.

Our conversation explores why diversity is so important when it comes to design, why inclusion is a crucial part of solving this problem, as well as a bit about her own background and career. You’ll definitely hear more about her work in the future!

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Kimberly Bryant is a force of nature. As the founder and executive director of Black Girls Code, she has been a tireless advocate for increasing the number of women in STEM fields through mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities for young and pre-teen girls of color. The mission: introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.

But I wanted to go a bit beneath the surface and learn more about Kimberly Bryant herself. We did talk a lot about diversity in the tech fields and how Black Girls Code also embraces the STEAM movement, but we also talked about her own path to success (and where she wants to go in the future). It’s a really great interview with someone who is a real game-changer in this industry. Enjoy!

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This week’s conversation is with one of my closest and dearest friends, Dr. Christopher Charles Stewart. Christopher is an assistant professor of computer science at The Ohio State University. He also leads the ReRout Lab, a program that uses computer systems to broaden participation in computer science and build real systems that people use. He’s also a recipient of the prestigious NSF Career Award! Way to go, Chris!

We talked about his research over at OSU with cloud computing systems, “greening as a service”, and how to increase diversity in the field of computer science.

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Serial entrepreneur Kevin Johnson has several years of experience leading his multimillion-dollar marketing and communications company Johnson Media Inc., and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, Oprah Radio, and in Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. On top of all this, Kevin is an accomplished jazz pianist and speaks fluent Spanish. Quite the resume!

Kevin and I talked about when we first met back in 1999, how he built Johnson Media, and about his new book The Entrepreneur Mind. Can you believe that after fortysomething episodes I’m finally featuring someone from my alma mater?

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