Tuesday / September 22 / 9:00 AM


Start your Tuesday off right and join us for a creative breakfast with Artemis Ward! You may know them from their digital work for NatGeo or DC United — but the team at Artemis Ward is also committed to supporting DC’s creative community. Staff at the studio help lead a number of local initiatives, including Creative Mornings DC and Little Salon.

Joel Daly, Danielle McKenrick, and Chris Maier will give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at this creative digital agency. Learn about their culture and process, their approach to creative work, and how they make space to build and support our local community. And as you eat your bagel and drink your coffee, there will be plenty of time for conversation, questions, and networking.


Date & Time

Tuesday, September 22

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM




Joel Daly

Partner and Head of Experience Design at Artemis Ward

He | Him | His

Joel Daly is a partner at Artemis Ward, and oversees experience design and development. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a designer, strategist, and sought-after user experience expert, having overseen many complex projects for clients such as Microsoft, Pepsico, National Geographic, USAID and MasterCard Foundation. Joel is the founding host of CreativeMornings/DC, a monthly speaker series for DC creatives. More at a and @WashingtonDC_CM.


Danielle McKenrick

Creative Director at Artemis Ward

She | Her | Hers

Danielle McKenrick is a creative director at Artemis Ward, and leads the design team in building brand and product experiences that live in digital and physical spaces. She brings 12+ years of experience producing creative campaigns and insights-driven design systems for clients like Microsoft, National Geographic, Nike, MPA, D.C. United and Union Market. She also leads special projects for CreativeMornings/DC, a monthly speaker series for DC creatives. More at


Chris Maier

Creative Director at Artemis Ward

He | Him | His

Chris Maier is a creative director Artemis Ward, where he partners with clients and Artemis Ward’s multidisciplinary teams to bring brand stories and experiences to life. Over the years, he’s played a leadership role in projects for global brands including Microsoft, Mastercard, and Sony, as well as DC-based companies ranging from National Geographic to Ditto Residential and beyond. Chris is the founder/operator of DC’s Little Salon, founder of the award-winning international literary magazine Ninth Letter, and founding editor of the downstate Illinois digital daily news site Smile Politely. More at and @LittleSalonDC.


Platform and Prerequisites

This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

Accessibility and Accommodations

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  • Call our Accessibility Lead, Josh Kim, by phone at 571-302-1504

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our page on accessibility.

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More Information

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