My full name is Lotenna Oranefo Valtor Enwonwu. I learned how to play the viola when I was 8. The cello when I was 12. I fixed credit card machines at 14 – over the phone tech support. And built a recording studio when I was 17. I saved up and bought all the equipment myself. At 20, I apprenticed at a barbershop. At 24, I got lost on a volcano during a trip to Panama. That same night I went to see a traditional cockfight. I met MC Hammer once. I have three kids, have had two dogs and I’m still with the one wife that keeps crushing me at Scrabble. I’m keen on good times, good work, and genuine people. And I don’t usually use the word keen.
The Design Observer’s The Design of Business | The Business of Design podcast (who has had clients of all sorts of industries, designers, and creatives the likes of Janelle Monáe) – invited me to the show to be interviewed by Jessica Helfand and Ellen McGirt. I had a blast.
I had the pleasure of chatting with the fantastic team at Speedbumps and our conversation covered a range of fascinating topics. We talked about the evolution of creative teams and their growing importance today and in the future. We also delved into the relationship between marketing and creative teams, highlighting the human-centered advantage that it brings. We discussed how this collaboration can drive brand authenticity, which is more than just a buzzword but a crucial factor in making a real impact for a business. Our conversation also touched on the role of inclusion in design and learning, and much more. It was truly an engaging and thought-provoking discussion.
Pancake Luncheon is a series of conversations between 3 friends who happen to have different professions that only overlap in the corporate norms shared on each episode. A startup founder, a seasoned executive and a creative leader have candid discussions about life in and out of the office … enjoy.