We talk to Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin, and her daughter, Kara Scully, Marketing Specialist at Atlas Coffee Club, about design thinking and about the humanization of businesses and problem-solving in today’s world.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

Shaku: Nowadays, people still think that design is only about art, without seeing that it actually influences everything. …


Kathleen Zuelch, producer at Netflix, weighs in on producing animated films in Hollywood.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

We all have our favorite animation from childhood that we still cling to like Linus and his blanket. Our love affair with this medium has never really waned even as we have transitioned into adulthood.

When Covid-19 struck, according to the SF Chronicle, “While other Hollywood trade unions have suffered near-total job loss since April, the Animation Guild has seen an increase of about 150 dues-paying (i.e. working) members. With limited interaction among actors and crews on stages the new norm, expect fewer real performers and more computer-generated crowds, creatures and environments to come to screens.” …


We talk to Chad Williamson, co-founder of Never Whisper Justice and producer of Black Boys, and to Jordan Farris from the XQ Institute.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

In this episode of our community chats, we discuss Black Boys (dir. Sonia Lowman), a heart wrenching film that illuminates the full humanity of Black boys and men in America.

Chad: This is the first film that I have ever produced. I used to be a physical therapist in the U.S. Air Force, and after that I became a teacher and a coach at a school in Tampa, Florida, and that opened my mind, ears, and eyes to the field of education. Got my master’s degree, one thing led to another and I was running an educational organization in Little Rock, Arkansas when Sonia [Lowman] came through. We connected and I gave her some insight about the work that we were doing, and a lot of the work that I was interested in was black men achievement. Sonia called me after her film on segregation, Teach Us All, was acquired by Ava DuVernay, so we started the conceptualization of Black Boys.


Two parents and a sibling weigh in.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

In this episode of our community chats, we talk to two parents and a teen about autism to get a better understanding of their experiences, challenges, and how we can help as a community.

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Erin: My name is Erin Morales, and I have lived with my husband in Austin, Texas. We have three daughters, our two youngest are 9 and 10, they still go to elementary school and they are typically developing children. Our oldest is 13, she will be in 8th grade, and she was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality when she was 18-months-old and she does have an autism diagnosis as well. She’s not verbal, she does have an intellectual disability. …

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