creativity now (women later?)
i was talking to a friend yesterday about the upcoming tokion creativity now conference. i'm a big fan of the conference and the idea of getting together so many inspirational people and listening to them talk about art, design, music and business [well done, tokion]. however, we both noticed that this year, out of 19 speakers, there were no women on the list. we were both saddened by the speaker offerings and wondered what had happened. while googling around for some information or perhaps another confused soul i came across jen bekman's blog (formerly of unbeige) and it seems she also found this upsetting. however, she actually got ken of tokion to respond. ken explained that they invited a very long list of women to attend but they had all either decline or had been unable to attend. jen found this answer unacceptable and i'll have to say i also wondered why they didn't just ask a few more. so i thought i'd open this up to the design community. in hopes of generating a list of people (like jen's) that perhaps a lowly design fan like myself could submit to tokion next year for consideration- which women would you want to see speak at the tokion creativity now conference? my hope is to build up a list like jen's and hopefully by next year they can invite enough women that at least a handful will be able to attend and speak. i love matmos and wondershowzen as much as the next gal but i'd love to see some women on the panel next year. please leave your votes below, thanks.
[there's a very interesting discussion taking place between jen and ken from tokion right here. ken states that they've always represented women in the magazine...is that really something to tout this day and age? i highly suggest joining in the discussion on jen's site as well if you're interested]