Organizations of larger size and complexity recognize the role of creativity and design as an opportunity to become more relevant, build audience engagement and drive transformation into the future. For both community and business enterprises alike, overlapping interests stimulate similar opportunities and challenges for creative leadership and design thinking. Gülgün Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and Eric Quint, Chief Design Officer of 3M Company, both of whom reside in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, are at the helm of driving creativity and design in their respective fields. Together, they will share their experiences, challenges and influence as leaders who are translating vision into action. Gülgün and Eric will show how the relational impact of community and business enterprises can spark a culture of creativity and design.
Eric Quint joined 3M in 2013 as Chief Design Officer to lead the design function as a vital competitive platform for the company. With more than 20 years of global design experience that includes a distinguished career at Royal Philips Electronics, Eric brings extensive design leadership in building and managing multi-disciplinary creative teams to drive brand and innovation forward. As a recognized design industry leader, he has guided award-winning global teams across both BtoB and consumer industries to drive strategic partnerships, alliances and brand licensing activities.
Passionate about design thinking and the opportunity to make positive impact on the future of 3M, its business partners and customers, Eric’s focus on bringing design to the heart of the company. He continues to drive transformation at multiple levels to make this happen.
Eric studied industrial design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and holds a degree in mechanical/industrial engineering. He is on the Advisory Board of the Design Management Institute and is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America. He is also the Chair of the Creative City Challenge in Minneapolis, a municipal program that drives application of design thinking to enrich society. Eric can often be found speaking and lecturing at international events for design, business and academia on a variety of topics related to design thinking, innovation, branding and design management.
Gülgün Kayim, joined the City of Minneapolis in 2011 in the newly created role of Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Previously she was the Assistant Director of the Archibald Bush Foundation’s Artist Program where she managed a portfolio involving cross sector imagination, creativity and innovation. Before joining Bush she served as the Public Art on Campus Coordinator at the Weisman Art Museum and also consulted extensively on site-specific performance, public art and artist professional development in the Twin Cities. In 2014 Gülgün received a Rising Star Award for Women in Public Service from Hamline University in recognition of the Creative City Making program. Gülgün is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Minneapolis based, award winning, site-specific performance collective, Skewed Visions. She is a core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces and Theatre Without Borders and her artistic work has been recognized through a number of local and national awards, grants and fellowships including a Creative Community Leadership Fellowship, TCG Global Connections Grant, Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, Shannon Institute Leadership Fellowship, Trust for Mutual Understanding grants, an International Peace Fellowship, Creative Capital grant, Jerome Foundation grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Theatre Fellowship among others. Kayim’s work has been seen in the US, London, Cyprus and Russia. Originally from Cyprus, she trained in the US and London and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Intercultural Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Film from the University of Middlesex, London. She also serves as affiliate faculty in the Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.