The Struggle is Real

Calling all In-House Creatives!

Come join AIGA CT and AIGA In-House INitiative Chair Dontrese Brown for a jam-packed day of inspiration and take-aways. This unique dual event is designed to give you the tools you need to get through the struggles as an in-house designer.

With a focus on being bold with your actions – in design, in leadership and in life – this amazing event will put YOU in the driver’s seat of your career by providing vision and purpose. So come connect with AIGA CT, Dontrese Brown, and other In-House leaders and designers from around the state, and let’s tackle In-House together!

Members who register by 10/20 are automatically entered to win lunch with Dontrese and the Board!


About Dontrese

dontreseJ. Dontrese Brown is a motivational creative design professional who has brought passion, inspiration and dedication to each opportunity in his professional journey. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Georgetown College (KY) as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Morehead State University (KY) and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design (GA). Dontrese has led various teams from a creative and development perspective, building strong relationships and pushing processes and design to the maximum.

Dontrese’s creative journey began in 1991 as an abstract painter at Georgetown College, where he was president of the Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity, and contributed to the football team as a championship athlete and led the team to many honors during his four years. In 1993, he switched his focus from painting to graphic design and in 1995 became the first student from Georgetown to graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design, all while writing the design curriculum in the process. Giving back to what he started, he returned to Georgetown in 1998 after receiving his MA degree, making his foray into teaching as the Professor of Graphic Design within the Art Department for six years. He also contributed to the athletic program as Assistant Football Coach, and was Art Director for Pubic Relations – leaving his mark of passion, commitment and loyalty on everything possible.

In 2007, Dontrese accepted the position as Creative Director for Schawk, Inc. a Creative and Digital Marketing Agency based in Chicago. The Creative Director position was for a top tier client of Schawk, Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA) at their North American Headquarters in Connecticut. The position was as an on-site partner for VSA, but he quickly built an “agency like” creative team, developed brand standards and guidelines, implemented creative processes, and established his team as a critical part of the organization. As a result of this, in 2009, VSA decided to dissolved their partnership with Schawk and acquired Dontrese and his Creative Team as direct employees of the organization, elevating Dontrese to the position of Creative Director, North America.

Dontrese is a leader among leaders who is relentless in his pursuit to challenge those around him in order to stimulate growth and elevate performance. “D” always has a smile on his face and idea in his back pocket. He is a creative workhorse who is true to his craft with a focus on encouraging individuals to simply be great. His passion and drive have resulted in garnering the highest respect and praise from all who know him, personally and professionally – which, in 2015, guided him to Capital One as Director, Brand Creative, where he manages a large group of creative talent across the US providing creative partnership, strategy and thought leadership for all the banking lines of businesses.

An active tri-athlete, Dontrese also enjoys relaxing with his family and friends, having a neat bourbon with a nice cigar and reading anything and everything that feed his hunger for motivation, thought leadership and inspiring others to simply be great.



Session 1 10:00am - 12:00pm Talk with Dontrese Brown
Lunch Break** 12:00pm - 2:00pm **Lunch not provided
Session 2 2:00pm - 5:00pm Roundtable event



Saturday, November 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Study at Yale
1157 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06511
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Single session - $30
Both sessions - $40

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Both sessions - $55


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