Our team

 
 

DR. LEYLA ACAROGLU, Founder & Chief Disrupter

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The award-winning UnSchool model is the brainchild Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu who challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talkon sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.  

 

EMMA SEGAL, Design, Creativity and Positive Disruption

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Creative changemaker Emma Segal brings over two decades of experience in designing and producing local and international manufactured consumer goods. She has a wealth of experience in sustainability, design and systems change that she brings to our dynamic creative approach to challenging the status quo by design. With formal training in international relations, graphic design and illustration, she has a wide range of work from creating multi-million dollar programs for companies such as Disney and La Senza, to projects with the CBC, Fashion Magazine and Fortnight Lingerie. She works extensively in textile print, catalogue, book, retail and package design. 

Her experience also includes creating large scale fashion shoots, apparel production trips to India, Thailand and China, New York fashion shows & magazine press visits. Emma has won several design & illustration awards, and her work has been seen in Harrods, Nordstrom, Barneys, Fred Segal, Galleries Lafayette, movies, TV shows, fashion magazines and on celebrities.

 

HEIDI SLOANE, Communications and Strategy

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Heidi is an action-oriented collaborator and consultant for social enterprises. She has been referred to as the "Mary Poppins of Startups" and has been an integral part of the UnSchool since Day 0. Her role involves a dynamic mix of strategy, communications, outreach, and community engagement. In her practice, she combines our Disruptive Design Method, the aspirations of Ephemeralization, and her experience in Lean Startup, pushing us to test out (and validate) the many avenues through which we can activate change as an organization. In addition to communicating what we're all about and what we've got on offer, Heidi looks for opportunities to amplify the voices of our growing community of alumni and mentors. Having dedicated her undergrad years to studying Alternatives, Social Change & Social Entrepreneurship, it only seems fit that she is obsessed with exploring and co-creating alternative ways to activate change and unschool with us. Originally from New York, she currently lives in Mexico City, where she explores personal projects that range from unpacking Chilango slang, to concocting the best possible batches of cold brew.

 

VICKY KIM, Vision, Education and Programs

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Vicky is a designer of meaningful systems and programs. She is the wizard behind the curtain who makes good things happen beautifully and effectively. With years of experience developing and managing global education programs, she brings a strategic and analytic core to help grow the impact of UnSchool programs. As Global Programs Manager, she is focused on the consistently fabulous delivery of UnSchool core programs as well as evolving offerings to un-school more communities. Vicky currently lives in Carrboro, NC and consults with global organizations to build capacity with smarter strategies, systems and stories. She is obsessed with busting knowledge silos, systems thinking for change, and connecting people, ideas and tools for greater access and impact. With her curiosity in rethinking education pathways, she is thrilled to be a part of the UnSchool’s exploration of knowledge transfer.