Virtual Weitzman School Talk | Better is Temporary

Virtual Weitzman School Talk | Better is Temporary

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Join the Weitzman School of Design Office of Development and Alumni Relations for a virtual talk with John Hoke, (MArch’92), Chief Design Officer, NIKE, Inc., moderated by Sarah Rottenberg, adjunct assistant professor and executive director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania, hosted by Charlette Caldwell (MSHP'16), Penn Weitzman Alumni Association Board President and Research Fellow, The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites.

What role do curiosity and empathy play in design? How can diversity and sustainability fuel innovation? This talk will explore issues of equity and access in design, and dive into how creativity shapes a more desirable future. John Hoke will speak on his journey to Nike, the design principles and values he’s inculcated there, and why the value of critical thinking and creative problem solving endures.

About the Speakers:

John Hoke III (MArch'92)
Chief Design Officer, Nike, Inc.

John Hoke currently serves as Nike Inc.’s Chief Design Officer. In this role, he leads Nike’s global design team, responsible for envisioning the future of sport. John directs an international creative community of over 1,000 designers charged with inspiring and innovating while designing hundreds of apparel and footwear styles each year.

John promotes, speaks and writes about the power and possibility of design and creativity throughout the world. He is a permanent design fellow at Pennsylvania State University, his alma mater; a member of Herman Miller, Inc.’s Board of Directors; an advisor to Piaggio Fast Forward, and a trustee at Pacific Northwest College of Art. John also served as national trustee of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Prior to Nike, John was a designer at Michael Graves Architecture & Design in Princeton, New Jersey. His work included architectural, industrial and graphic design for a wide variety of international clientele. Mr. Graves served as a personal mentor until his death in 2015. John holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, B.Arch; University of Pennsylvania, M.Arch; and Stanford University, MBA.

Outside of Nike, John dabbles in his sketchbook and computer, snowboards, mountain bikes and runs. He enjoys time spent with his wife and three adult sons.

Sarah Rottenberg
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Rottenberg oversees the Integrated Product Design Program at Penn, a master's program that bridges design, business, and engineering. Sarah specializes in bringing people together to design products and experiences that are desirable, meaningful, feasible, and viable. She is adept at articulating design processes and methods, teaching Design Thinking and Design Process to students across the university. Sarah is a cofounder of Lia Diagnostics, a company that has developed a flushable pregnancy test - a sustainable product that puts women in control of their own experience. Sarah began her career as a design strategist at Doblin, Inc. and was a directing associate at Jump Associates. She has a MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BS from Georgetown University.

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16)
Penn Weitzman Alumni Association Board President
PhD Student, Columbia University
Research Fellow, The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites

Charlette Caldwell is a PhD student and Provost Diversity Fellow currently studying the history and theory of architecture at Columbia University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American architecture and vernacular architecture. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and continues to work part time in Philadelphia on various preservation projects.

If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.