Julia Huang + John Maeda
Unexpected Connections gathers global luminaries, industry leaders, and curious creators from different disciplines together to find new perspectives in creativity, and provide long lasting relationships.
Nov. 7th. 2018 Unexpected Connections At Beverly O'Neill Theater, Long Beach CA, USA
As the CEO of Renzei Holdings, Inc., Julia Huang is responsible for managing award- winning companies headquartered in Long Beach, California — Intertrend, Imprint Venture Lab. Known for her strong belief that diversity drives creativity, she is a constant contributor to industry thought-leadership content, events and academia.
Having been raised in different cultural environments, Julia stresses the importance of community and civic engagement. She has received many accolades for her philanthropic activities supporting arts and culture, locally and globally. She is regularly named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian Americans and in 2013, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Conference selected Julia as one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Outside work, Julia enjoys spending her free time cooking and making a mess in the kitchen. She is also a passionate collector of the Lego Architecture Series, none of which has been unboxed.
John Maeda is an American technologist and leads the world's largest all-distributed design team at Automattic where he is Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion. Previously Maeda served as Partner at Kleiner Perkins, a world-leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. Maeda’s work explores the area where business, design, and technology merge — with his findings shared annually in the Design in Tech Report at SXSW.
“Maeda is to design what Warren Buffett is to finance.” – Wired Magazine.
Maeda serves on the Board of Directors for wireless hi-fi innovator Sonos and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology + Projects Group, and is an investor in a variety of design-led technology startups. He was advisor to John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc., and facilitated the advancement of eBay Inc.’s design culture at scale — becoming a Stanford GSB case study on change management. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.