In this series, Georgia Tech Arts hosts virtual conversations with Georgia Tech alumni working in the arts and creative fields. While many Yellow Jackets go into careers in line with what they studied at school, there are some who find themselves putting their degrees to use within creative industries. Learn how these Georgia Tech alumni intertwined their passions with their degrees to chart exciting career paths while leading and championing innovation.
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Makenna Carroll, MGT 2011
Senior Product Manager at Adidas
Original Air Date: September 10, 2020
Makenna Carroll graduated from Scheller College of Business in 2011 and always knew she wanted to work in the fashion and retail space. She has interned and worked for various fashion companies over the course of her career, including Marchesa, Elie Tahari, and Club Monaco. For the last five years, she has worked for Adidas at the company's U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon. At Adidas, Makenna is a senior product manager, focused on consumer relevant storytelling and products within lifestyle footwear. She discusses how her time at Georgia Tech prepared her for her journey into fashion retail and the role creativity plays in her work.
Matt Moulthrop, MBA 2004
Original Air Date: August 24, 2020
Matt Moulthrop is a third-generation wood turner who strives to blend both tradition and innovation into an art form that honors his legacy and creates a new one. In this conversation, he discusses the science of his craft and materials, as well as his deep family connections to Georgia Tech.
Annie Eaton, IAML 2010
Founder of Futurist & Amebous Labs
Original Air Date: August 10, 2020
Annie Eaton is the founder and executive producer of Amebous Labs, a gaming software studio and offshoot of her parent company, Futurist, that will soon open a 4,457 square foot VR studio in Midtown Atlanta. An initial interest in virtual reality and augmented reality technology, that wasn't mached by her employer at the time, led her to branch out with a friend and establish XR Atlanta (which boasts 1,400 members) and then their own company. She goes on to discuss the value that VR and gaming technology can provide to the human experience.
Michael Boatright, ICS 1982
Original Air Date: July 27, 2020
Michael's relationship with photography began at age 12 when his dad, a professional photographer for many years, taught him camera and darkroom techniques. In the early 1990s, working for IBM, he began experimenting with and developing techniques in digital multimedia storytelling, using emerging A/V hardware and software and Internet technologies. Music, dance, and theater are Michael's passions. His professional portfolio includes work for DramaTech Theater, Theatrical Outfit, Out of Hand Theater, the Sideways Contemporary Dance Company, Gwinnett Ballet, and professional work for many Atlanta musicians and groups.
Archel Bernard, STC 2011
Fashion Designer & Owner of Bombchel Factory and Mango Rags Boutique
Original Air Date: July 20, 2020
Archel Bernard is the owner of The Bombchel Factory and Mango Rags boutique in Monrovia, Liberia. She moved to the West African country after graduating from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She now specializes in dreaming up contemporary African clothing, training disadvantaged women to sew, and helping the women to become self-sufficient. Archel shares how her time at Tech taught her to be resourceful and ultimately prepared her to set up her own business that allowed her to share her creativity to the world while also providing "a hand UP" to the women she employs.
Megan Fechter, BA 2017
Artist and Studio Owner
Original Air Date: July 13, 2020
Megan Fechter began painting while she was a student at Georgia Tech, and "took a leap of faith to pursue [her] dream job" as a professional artist. She went on to establish The Reverie, a creative co-working studio for women in southwest Atlanta. Learn how she took the step to leave a traditional career path and set up an innovative environment fostering collaboration and artistic exploration.
Russ Todd, EE 1990
Managing Partner at Akustiks
Original Air Date: June 22, 2020
Russ Todd is one of the managing partners of Akustiks, a global design firm with affiliate offices in Mexico and Brazil, dedicated to "creating performance spaces worldwide that are wonderfully tuned instruments for listening." In this talk with Aaron Shackelford, director of Georgia Tech Arts, Russ talks about how a lifelong passion for music and efforts as a child to hack into his parents' sound system to play his electric guitar (blowing out a few speakers in the process), set the stage for him to pursue a career designing accoustic spaces and consulting for performing arts venues.