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FUSE Calls

Check out our monthly podcast featuring design and brand strategy thought leaders.

FUSE Calls is a podcast series where our Head of Brand and Design Dan Madinabeita literally picks up the phone and calls disruptive design and brand strategy leaders across the globe - some of whom will be speaking at our FUSE conferences in Miami and London. Contact Amanda Ciccatelli at to get featured in the next FUSE Calls interview.

Recent FUSE Calls

Stephen Gates

SVP of Design, Citi

Paul Miser

Digital Group Account Director, Hudson Rouge

Rob Wallace

Brand Advocate, Best of Breed Branding Consortium

Renee Whitworth

Partner, Flood Creative

Vicky Young

Owner, Nalla

riCardo Crespo

CCO, th13teen

Rebeca Arbona

President & Brand Weaver, Tapestry Strategy

Erica Orange

EVP & COO, The Future Hunters

John Silva

President & Creative Director, DuPuis

Aaron Keller

CEO & Founding Partner, Capsule 

Raphael Bemporad

Co-founder & CEO, BBMG

Lisa Day

Design Leader, Kellogg's 

Mark Smith

Creative Director, Jordan Brand, Nike

We discuss the Maker Space initiative, the Jordan and Yeezy brands and the heart of NIKE.

Cheryl Holmes Miller

Design Diversity Futurist, Contributing Archivist at The Cheryl D. Miller Collection

We discuss what it was like being a young minority woman breaking into the design world in the 1980’s, Cheryl’s breakthrough article in Print Magazine and her life’s work now a part of the Stanford Collection.

Julie Anixter

FUSE 2019 Curator in Residence, Innovation Strategist & Connector at Ensemble.Works, and Enterprise Design Principal at Maga Design, Inc.

We discuss design and business, why FUSE is focusing on dialogue with the “C-Suite” and why events like FUSE are so important.

Andrew La Monica

Executive Creative Director, Global Brand Strategist at Formally GE

We discuss what is was like for Ande as a high school kid and how he found his direction and ended up working with the likes of Mitlon Glaser and later, Beth Comstock at GE.

Michael Donovan

CEO, Founder of Donovan Greene, Vice Chairman, Parsons School of Design

We discuss design-thinking and entrepreneurialism, starting out with Sacks, Bloomingdales and Massimo Vignelli and “designing for designers.”

Paul Miser

CEO & Co-Founder, Chinatown Bureau

We discuss designing enterprise and how a young start-up consultancy approaches big world challenges and why there is no “silver bullet” for brands in today’s world.

Ann Willoughby

AIGA Medalist, Founder at Willoughby Design & Designed Here

We discuss “Designed Here” a Kansas City initiative to shed light on the city’s rich design culture that’s been overshadowed, what its like to manage a women lead design firm for more than three decades.

Debbie Millman

Designer, Author, Illustrator, Educator, Brand Consultant, Host of the award-winning podcast 'Design Matters'

We discuss Debbie’s long time podcast show Design Matters, how she manages everything she does and we talk about the importance of vulnerability.

Audrey Arbeeny

Founder and CEO of Audiobrain, Emmy award winner

We discuss what sonic branding is, a bit about Audiobrain’s process, Audrey’s Emmy awards and what she does to educate people on sound and branding.

Jeriq Howard

Project Osmosis Superstar

I have the pleasure of introducing young Jeriq Howard, creator of Humbly Arrogant, to the design world via Project Osmosis. Jeriq talks about why he was drawn to design after learning about branding.

Stephen Gates

Head Design Evangelist, InVision

We discuss why designers are “blowing it” when it comes to opportunities today, personal brand archetypes and his journey from Starwood to Citi to Invision.

Jonathan Bostock

Co-Founder and CEO, Truman's

We discuss Truman’s blast off product and how it plans to disrupt the home cleaning sector and how businesses need to be more environmentally conscious in the 21st century.

Judith Williams

Head of People Sustainability & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP

We discuss what it means to be a Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at a Fortune 500 company and how Judith is literally “re-designing enterprise” using inclusion.

Scott Williams

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maga Design

We discuss launching a visual information business, "visual lexicons," and "Maga Maps" and how Scott started as a computer scientist doing visuals for admirals in the Navy.

Vernon Lockhart

Co-Owner Art On The Loose, Inc. Creative Therapist – founder of Project Osmosis

We discuss Project Osmosis, paving way in the creative fields for young kids out of Chicago, what and who has inspired him.