Antionette Carroll

Antoinette Carroll

Antionette D. Carroll is the President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB), a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to cultivate creative leadership to improve the human experience through immersive challenges. Throughout her career, Carroll has worked in both in-house and freelance capacities for non-profits focusing on social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to CRXLAB, Carroll spent 7 years in the advertising and marketing industry.

Carroll was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. Notably, within her role, she:

  • Grew the task force to 22 members representing 12 states.
  • Pitched and created the full-time, in-house Diversity and Inclusion Residency.
  • Conducted the first staff diversity training in AIGA’s 102-year history.
  • Restarted the Design Journeys archive highlighting prominent designers of color throughout design history.
  • Co-planned, and presented at, the Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Summit, training over 250 chapter leaders on the role of diversity and inclusion within design.

She’s currently the Chair Emeritus of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Inclusivity in Design Summit. At the local level, she is currently serving as the President of the AIGA Saint Louis. Carroll also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits.

In 2015, Carroll was named a StartingBloc Fellow, one of Alive Magazine’s 20 Under 40 Artists to Watch, and Delux Magazine’s Power 100. Carroll is a Community Arts Training Fellow. In 2014, she was accepted in the inaugural class of the School of Visual Arts’ Business of Social Design Intensive. In 2013, Carroll was recognized by the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life as its Amethyst Honoree, and she graduated from the Focus St. Louis Emerging Leaders Program. She was also named the inaugural Katherine Dunham Fellow in Arts Administration by the Regional Arts Commission in 2011.

When she is not working (which as a mom, wife, and entrepreneur, usually equals never), she is watching science fiction, action and Asian cinema, reading, practicing handlettering, coloring with her children, and adding to her shoe collection.

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