Speaker Profile

Jess Kirkman
Creative Director/ Taco Bell Corp.

Jess Kirkman is an award winning designer and Creative Director from NYC, having worked for top brands across the branding, publishing and advertising industries before making her way in-house to help lead the team at Taco Bell in sunny California. She has spoken on various panels for AIGA, Connecting Things OC and a 'Women in Design' panel in NYC along with other female leaders from Instagram, Yahoo and Spotify. Her passion for art and design keeps her on the pulse of creative trends within the industry and her authentic leadership style (a healthy mix of teacher, mentor and therapist) empowers her teams to be more inspired, creative, and confident in their approach to solving design problems. 

Aside from her professional life as a Creative Director, Jess is also a visual artist, mainly using alcohol inks, resin and encaustic to create abstract universes. Her Instagram, @manifest.jess continues to inspire other artists and help them get over their creative fears so they can pursue their passions.