Carolyn Sams Mason
As an impact strategist, experience designer, and creative director, Carolyn has helped nonprofits and mission-driven businesses launch high-impact activations and meaningful campaigns. She is co-founder of First Seating, an innovative consulting process that helps organizations tackle their biggest challenges through thoughtfully curated workshops and family-style meals. Her diverse skillsets in marketing, communications, and strategic partnerships has equipped her to design and lead ground-breaking initiatives at Invisible Children, Participant Media, and GOOD. She is best known for her ability to balance creative ideation and direction with project management, knowing exactly how to bring complex ideas to life while still keeping a bold vision close at heart. She has launched impact campaigns with some of the leading brands today (Google, Gates Foundation, American Express, Levi’s, Sundance, Nestlé, Starbucks), spoken at SXSW (“Creating Social Action Campaigns for Films”), was mentored by Seth Godin, and won many awards for her creative work (including Webby Audience award and TED’s Ads Worth Spreading). She currently serves on the board of Materials & Applications, an innovative nonprofit dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles, and has a few side projects currently in the works. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their sourdough starter, and lots of books.