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From Speech Pathologist to Design Wizard

Kelly Powell moved from her early career as a speech pathologist to become an esteemed graphic designer and educator. In today’s episode, she reveals how she managed to turn her passion for design into a fulfilling and prominent career. According to Kelly, starting over – and success itself – is all about overcoming fear and embracing the unknown…even when it’s absolutely terrifying. She also discusses the importance of taking advantage of the unplanned opportunities that pop up along the way.

Topics include:

  • Why it’s hard to measure ROI in the design world (and how to explain that to clients)
  • Getting over the fear of embarrassment
  • How to speak to your decisions without bullying
  • Why you can’t be “threatened” by criticism

Kelly Powell is a Partner at Flight 9 Creative, a creative agency in Rochester, NY, that provides impeccable design and marketing services to clients ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to Flight 9, Kelly worked for award-winning advertising and graphic design firms and ran her own successful freelance design business for 12 years. During that time, she earned her Masters degree from Indiana University Southeast while teaching undergraduate graphic design classes and leading business owners through the basics of “design for non-designers.” Kelly specializes in branding, logos and web design and has a special talent for combining letterforms and color to achieve perfectly balanced expressions of a brand’s personality.

Learn more about Kelly at Flight 9 Creative and LinkedIn.







About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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