If you attended Girls in Tech Catalyst 2017 in San Francisco, no doubt, your eyes were glued to the stage as more than 50 extraordinary leaders held your attention hostage with their bright ideas and poignant stories. Yet, you may have also noticed another display. This one unfolded against the far wall of the event space in parallel with each presentation, a woman hastily and thoughtfully drawing on large white canvas paper. Her name: Stephanie Crowley. Her occupation: graphic recorder.
Stephanie works to create murals live and on paper, at meetings and conferences. Well, anywhere ideas need to be caught in real-time, the moment they’re unfolding. Her artwork plays testimony to the fact that so many of us are visual learners; that ideas in pictures are just as powerful, perhaps even more so, than ideas in words.
Stephanie doesn’t work to override a speaker’s presentation, but rather she complements it. She uses vibrant colors to hone in on the themes, concepts and key learnings that flow freely from a presenter. After each mural was completed, it was displayed in the conference hallways. We’re so thankful she joined us at Catalyst, along with nearly 1,000 other powerhouse women in tech. Thank you, Stephanie!