kHyal has been an invited mentor, speaker, panelist, judge and educator on the topics of design, marketing, technology, art, fashion, entrepreneurship and innovation at conferences, special events, universities and colleges in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.




Adjunct Instructor, Product Creation and Innovation
Miami Ad School New York

Visiting Professor, Design Thinking and Methodologies
School of Art, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu City, China
via Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, University of Bridgeport

“A Great Success.”
— Jin Chengxing, Director, Office of International Exchange Program, Anhui Polytechnic University

“Excellent curriculum.”
— Dr. Feng Baifan, Professor, Anhui Polytechnic University


Industry Heroes residency | 2017
Advertising Workshop, Miami Ad School–Wynwood, Miami, FL

Diversity Dialogue: An exchange of ideas and opinions for Wakeman Keystone Club Members | 2015
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, How does social media help and harm the world?

“Awesome presentation by kHyal on the importance of being aware of privacy and concerns via social media!”
— State Senator Tony Hwang, Diversity Dialogue Keynote Speaker

Industry Heroes residency | 2015
Advertising Workshop, Miami Ad School–Wynwood, Miami, FL

Run Your Career Like A Business — On- and Offline Techniques for Professional Success | 2015
Hygienic Academy, Fundamental Business Skills for Creative Entrepreneurs

“Your workshops are very popular …”
— Sharma Piersall Howard, Artist Academy

Web Design and Online Marketing | 2014
Hygienic Academy, Mastering The Art of Business on The Internet

— Joseph Celli, Hygienic Art Inc, Development Director

Custom Workshop with DesignerJournals™ | 2014
Teen Advisory Group, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
The Wadsworth Atheneum

“Wonderful project!”
— Olivia White, Executive Director, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Digital Publishing and Branding Project | 2013–14
Teen Advisory Group, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum
Six-month project of ongoing workshops with the Teen Advisory Group focused on branding, marketing and design — and, culminating with the launch of a teen-centric website with fresh editorial content intended to promote the institution’s vast art collection, the inherent meaning of individual pieces, and to increase visitation to the museum.

PUSH Design Camp | 2011–12
Mobile design camp for creative professionals on Block Island, Rhode Island. Included three days of design workshops, salons, talks and hands-on creative activities

“PUSH Design Camp was the ‘perfect storm’ of scheduled inspirational events, enlightened discussions, exotic flavors, ideal mix of personalities, peaceful bicycle journeys and superb, high-summer weather.”
— Mary Ellen Butkus, VP/Senior Designer, TFI Envision

Social Media Bootcamp | 2010–2011
Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)


Guest Artist + Panelist
The implications of appearance; living in a female body; and the transformative power and therapeutic value of art and design
Art Intersects with Medicine
City Lights Gallery

Guest Lecturer
New Media and Digital Design Program | 2017
Fordham University
New York, New York

CADC Student Conference | 2017
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, Connecticut

Guest Lecturer
Industry Heroes | 2017
Miami Ad School–Wynwood, Miami, FL

Get Worked Up Conference | 2016
AIGA Upstate New York
SUNY Oswego Metro Center—Syracuse, NY

Guest Lecturer
Industry Heroes  | 2016
Miami Ad School–New York, NY

Invited Keynote Speaker
Digital Media and the Arts | 2016
Professional Development Event
Connecticut State Department of Education
Office of Academics
Bureau of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Guest Lecturer
Industry Heroes  | 2015
Miami Ad School–Wynwood, Miami, FL

“kHyal, you are definitely an Industry Hero who makes a statement with your presence and way you see the world.”
— Miami Ad School

Guest Lecturer | 2015
The Housatonic Museum of Art
Bridgeport, CT

Guest Lecturer — CADC SONO Studio Crawl  | 2015
Presentation — Metropolitan interactive projects:

  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Lincoln Center
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Guest Lecturer — Self Promo | 2015
School of Art, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu City, China
via University of Bridgeport, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, USA

Guest Lecturer — Tips for Professional Success | 2015
AIGA Rhode Island at Rhode Island College—Providence

Presenter Branding, Marketing and Social Media for Creative Professionals
Sacred Heart UniversityConnecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference

Guest Lecturer — Branding, Marketing and Social Media for Creative Professionals
The Creative Circus—Atlanta

Guest Lecturer — Branding, Marketing and Social Media for Creative Professionals
School of Visual Arts (SVA)—New York

Guest Artist + Presenter — EGGO Arte Art Fair + Conference
Centro Cultural Recoleta—Buenos Aires, Argentina

Presenter — Social Media Tips and Tricks
The Grove—New Haven

Presenter — Crafting a Creative Career
HOW Design Live—Boston, Creative Freelancers Conference

Guest Expert — Social Media for Power Users
Don’t Get Me Started (DGMS) A Podcast About Advertising
The Creative Circus, Atlanta, GA

Guest Lecturer — Self Portrait Fashion Photography
Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY

Presenter — Building an Interactive Advertising and Software Development Agency
FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection

Facilitator Cash Flow Management in the Information Age | 1998
TechnoPOP Digital Community Events


2011  Pictoplasma — The world’s largest character design conference and festival — New York City edition of Berlin-based conference and festival
2010  4Heads Governors Island Art Fair — New York City


2016  NYC Creative Tech Week Fundraiser
2012  A Better World by Design Conference, RISD/Brown University
2012  Leaders in Software and Art (LiSA) Conference, Guggenheim Museum
2011  A Better World by Design Conference, RISD/Brown University


  • ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University—NYC
  • VPA School of Design at Syracuse University—Syracuse
  • Miami Ad School—NYC
  • CADC Student Conference—University of Bridgeport
  • The Shintaro Akatsu School of Design—University of Bridgeport
  • AIGA Rhode Island: Design Portfolio and Resume Review—Providence
  • SUNY New Paltz Design Review, NY
  • The One Club, Young Ones, Creative Week Portfolio Reviews—NYC
  • AIGA Philadelphia Design Review—Philadelphia
  • AIGA Connecticut, Emerging Professional Workshop—University of Hartford
  • The One Club, Multicultural Career Fair—NYC
  • The Art Directors Club, National Portfolio Review—NYC
  • School of Visual Arts (SVA)—NYC
  • Miami Ad School—Miami
  • The Creative Circus—Atlanta
  • Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), Annual Career Conference—NYC
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)—NYC
  • Pratt Institute—NYC
  • Parsons The New School for Design—NYC
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)—Providence
  • Tyler School of Art at Temple University—Philadelphia
  • Kutztown University—Pennsylvania
  • Carnegie Mellon University—Pittsburgh
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)—NYC
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University—NYC
  • University of Hartford Art School—Hartford
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design—Boston
  • Cleveland Institute of Art—Cleveland
  • The Portfolio Center—Atlanta


Con Artist Collective Fall Residency 2018
119 Ludlow Street
New York, NY

Founder / Producer / Curator
LOOK in the Windows™
stARTling Public Space™ Projects

Internet OT Foundation
Where New Media goes for Knowledge and Perspective

Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Uniting opinion leaders to exchange ideas and create solutions to the challenges of the Americas today

Faculty Research Day | 2017
University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Design Critic
VPA School of Design at Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Design Critic
SASD Industrial Design Review
Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT

Program Development Group | 2015–16
Connecticut Forum
Hartford, CT

Design Awards | 2015
Design Arts Museum
Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu City, China

Portfolio Awards
The Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT

Materials Juror
Material ConneXion
New York, NY

Advisory Board

Marketing Committee
MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.
New York, NY

Communications Chair
AIGA Brand Central
Greater New York Metro Area

Fundraising Chair
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Los Angeles

Events Committee
Bookbuilders Boston
Boston, MA

Website Committee
Book Industry Guild of New York
New York, NY

Technology Committee
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
New Haven, CT

Vice President of Marketing Forum
Connecticut Technology Council
East Hartford, CT

Steering Committee
Spirit of Women Healthcare Marketing
Stamford Health

London Interactive Advertising Awards
London, UK

Big W Awards
Westchester Ad Club
Westchester, NY

Project Upcycle Design Awards
Hasbro Corporation
Providence, RI

Annual Career Conference Committee
Advertising Women of New York (AWNY)
New York, NY

Annual Career Conference Resume + Portfolio Clinic Subcommittee
Advertising Women of New York (AWNY)
New York, NY

Microtech International Inc
Stamford, CT + Copenhagen, Denmark

Founder + Editor-in-Chief
SECTION Magazine
Art + Culture Magazine
New York, NY

PUSH Workshops
Design, Marketing + Business Practices for Creative Professionals

PUSH Design Camp
Mobile Design Camp for Creative Professionals
Block Island, Rhode Island

kHyal + Karl
Creative Consultancy
New York, NY

Cofounder + Space Cadet
SoNo Spaces
South Norwalk, CT

Fairfield County Adobe Users Group
Stamford, CT

Cofounder + VP Marketing / PR
SunStar interactive
Software Developer and Publisher
New Haven, CT

Cofounder + VP Marketing / PR
blowtorch studios
Interactive Agency and Software Developer
New Haven, CT

Cofounder + Marketing Director
Digital Professionals Community
Grew to over 100 members in 1998


  • New York FinTech Meetup
  • New York Augmented Reality Meetup
  • Art Directors Club—New York
  • Type Directors Club—New York
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)—New York
  • 212NYC
  • The One Club—New York
  • Women’s Internet History Project
  • Manufacture New York—Garment Center Pilot Program
  • Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
  • Open Source Fashion—New York
  • Fashion 2.0—New York
  • Arts, Culture and Technology Meetup—New York #ArtsTech
  • wimlink (Women’s Network for Technology and Media Pros—New York)
  • New York Tech Meetup
  • New York Tech Women


Contributing Author, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! by Noah Scalin


  • Huffington Post: HuffPost Arts & Culture
  • Miami Herald: Art Basel Miami Beach coverage
  • Time Out
  • SECTION: Art + Design — Founder, Editor-in-Chief



1985  Member, Yale Amiga Users Group
1985  Digital installation artist, computer animator, MIDI musician
1985  Controller, Cello, Ltd.
1991  Illustrator, Mondo 2000 Cyberculture Magazine—Berkeley, CA
1991  Member, ASCI (Arts + Science Collaborations)—New York
1991  Creative Director, Microtech International, Inc
1994  Member, WWWAC, NYC (World Wide Wide Artists Consortium)
1994  Cofounder, SunStar Interactive
1995  Founding Member, Women’s Internet History Project
1995  Marketing Committee, MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.
1995  Digital Photographer, Canadian Consulate, New Media Division, NYC
1995  Featured Artist, “CODE”— an international juried exhibition of top artists working in digital media — at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York; sponsored by Microsoft, Apple, Softimage and Silicon Graphics
1996  Member / Digital Artist, Rhizome, The New Museum, NYC
1996  Photojournalist, Art Dirt, Pseudo Networks +, NYC
1996  Guest, Silicon Alley Reporter, Pseudo Networks — Silicon Alley, NYC
1996  Member, Vice President of Marketing Forum, Connecticut Technology Council
1996  Member, Technology Committee, New Haven Chamber of Commerce
1996  Cofounder, blowtorch (digital agency and software development company)
1997  Founder, New Media Division, WondriskaRusso Associates
1998  Cofounder + Marketing Director, TechnoPOP, Connecticut Digital Professional group founded with Miles Rose of New York’s
1998  Creative Director,, World’s largest direct and digital agency network. (Now Havas Worldwide)
1999  Creative Director, NetKey

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