How Might We:

Design for Inclusivity

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Elaina Carpino
Elaina serves as LUMA Institute’s COO. She brings more than 20 years of experience driving transformational change in high-performing teams and organizations. Her specialty is helping people see their potential and realize their personal and professional goals through behavior changes that bring out their very best. Elaina has held leadership roles with Dow Chemical, Nationwide Insurance, Owens Corning, and Tesla. She holds degrees in chemical engineering and business operations excellence from The Ohio State University.

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Billy Bohan Chinique
Billy (also known as BBC) is a marketer based in Miami Beach, Florida. He is currently creating an Epic Sea Change for All at Virgin Voyages, the newest travel brand from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Bain Capital. Billy is currently focused on building digital experiences at the intersection of marketing technology and human-centered design. Previously, Billy has worked across industries and territories at brands like Apple, Royal Caribbean International, Uber, and Uber Eats.

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José Méndez-Andino
José is executive vice president and chief research and development officer at Owens Corning. In this role, Dr. Méndez-Andino is responsible for leveraging product, process, and material science innovation to accelerate growth for the company. Dr. Méndez-Andino earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry from Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from The Ohio State University. He then completed his post-doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of North Texas.

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Grace Nakar
Grace has led change initiatives to elevate talent development and embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into organizations for decades. She leverages an “inclusion bridgehead strategy” by introducing systemic change in a target area, before spreading it more broadly. She layers DEI into her human-centered design practice. Creating a more inclusive world for LGBTQ+ communities requires a deep understanding of human needs and a recognition of the influence of gender and sexual orientation biases.

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Rachel Saul Rearick
Rachel is the Executive Director of Contemporary Craft (CC), an organization dedicated to modern expressions of craft and design. Rachel works diligently to create inclusive spaces throughout the Pittsburgh region. Prior to CC, Rachel served as the Arts and Culture Manager for the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Rachel is also the co-founder of KuratedPgh, a retail gallery. She has developed a number of socially-engaged exhibitions and projects, while maintaining an active artist practice where she regularly collaborates with her wife.