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Gather Seattle + Substantial event

Substantial Event

What: Substantial + Gather Seattle Present

Creating for Good: A dinner event and panel conversation focused on ethics in tech and design.

When: Please join us on Friday, March 15th from 6-9pm at Substantial for a night of food, community, and conversation.  

Who: Speakers include: Substantial CEO, Carey Jenkins, Megan Tweed, Executive Vice President PNW Digital at Edelman, and Surya Vanka, Founder at Authentic Design.

Why: Together we’ll engage in a conversation that will inspire the community to consider thoughtfully the challenges that face us in the digital age. Attendees will leave feeling educated and empowered with real strategies to address ethical challenges within product development, marketing, and design spaces

Dinner: Plant-based family style dinner provided by Chef Micah Mowery


late winter squash, preserved mango, dill radicchio with hazelnut cream stuffed cabbage, horseradish

buckwheat, carrot, cherry crumble

This event is open to anyone. Limited seating available.

Ticket price: $78 non-member, $58 community member price with discount code

event speakers



Founder, Authentic Design

Surya Vanka is a transdisciplinary designer who has worked at the leading edge of physical and digital experiences. He is founder of Authentic Design, president of the Seattle Design Festival and chair of Interaction Week 2019. Surya was director of user experience at Microsoft, a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. He is creator of Design Swarms method, a light weight design technique used in business, non-profit and education worldwide. Surya won the Microsoft Engineering Best Practice Awards twice, Ohio State University 50th Anniversary Distinguished Design Alumnus Award, Microsoft Achievement Award, Accessibility Achievement Award, World Brand Congress Leadership Award and several other industry recognitions. He frequently keynotes speeches at the most prestigious conferences and has won top speaker awards three times. He is judge for Singapore Design Awards, and reviver for design curricula for universities in the United States and Europe. Surya’s design work has appeared in numerous publications and news programs, including TEDx, Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions, the BBC and National Public Radio. Surya is the author of two books on design, several publications, and has taught design on every continent but Antarctica.



CEO, Substantial

Carey Jenkins is CEO of Substantial, a world-class product development studio, serving a diverse set of clients - from Fortune 50s like Google and Amazon to emerging start-ups and social impact organizations.

Carey has spent 17+ years leading large interdisciplinary teams and multi-channel projects. She started at Substantial as one of its first engagement managers, combining her expertise in client services, product management, and software development methodologies. She was elevated to Director, then VP of Client Services, leading both delivery and business development before being named CEO in June 2018.

A people-focused CEO, Carey stresses the importance of relationships, whether that involves employees, clients, or community partners. She passionately believes that healthy relationships are the foundation of any successful team, project, or company.

Carey, originally from Louisiana, spent formative years in New York and New Orleans before finding a home in Seattle over a decade ago. When she’s not leading the Substantial team, she can be found spending quality time with her husband and 5 year old daughter.

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Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing Edelman PNW 

With an inspired ability to navigate the always evolving communications, marketing, cultural, and technology landscape with ease, Megan built a successful career by translating industry knowledge into insightful business-driving marketing and communications initiatives. She has earned a reputation as a diplomatic and bold partner to brands and agencies who are evolving to become data-driven and technology-enabled both in how they work, and how they show up in the world.

Currently leading the Digital Marketing practice for Edelman in the Pacific Northwest, Megan’s leadership experience spans traditional and digital marketing platforms and teams. In her 20+ years of working in advertising, marketing, media, and communications, she has been on the forefront of leading brands and agencies through transformative times to unlock growth and opportunity. She is considered a trusted and visionary leader with a passion for building audience-centric marketing and communications eco-systems for major brands to effectively and ethically usher them into the era of “the living brand” where visibility, relevancy, and acting in the moment are critical to success.