J2 Design is proud to announce Good Talk!, a quarterly panel series covering a variety of topics and issues facing today’s nonprofits. Join us for coffee and conversation with a superstar lineup of local social impact movers and shakers!

The topic for our very first Good Talk! is: Branding for Nonprofits!

How do nonprofits stay relevant with the fast-changing pace of technology and consistently capture the attention of audiences and funders? We’ll dig into strategies and tips so you can learn how some of Philly’s nonprofits are using branding — from basic logo design to full organizational pivots — to position themselves for big things.

When & Where

Thursday, June 7, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the  Skyline Room at the Free Library of Philadelphia located at 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The panel will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 10:30 am. Come early at 9:00 am or stay until 11:00 am for mingling and networking! The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Coffee and light breakfast fare included.

We’re very excited to partner with The Regional Foundation Center! They house Philadelphia’s largest publicly accessible collection of resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy, and more. Learn more about RFC’s resources and events.


Tickets & Availability

The event is free but space is limited, so please RSVP on our event page.



While spanning diverse sectors, our panelists all share the common threads of connecting with communities, pushing their industries forward, and sharing knowledge with others.

Denise Beek, Communications Director
Leeway Foundation | @leewayfound

Denise Beek is an arts administrator and communications specialist who has worked to serve arts and culture in Philadelphia. She has served as Managing Director of the BlackStar Film Festival, Board Secretary and Program Coordinator of the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, and Marketing and Multicultural Affairs Coordinator at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in Communications & Mass Media. She is currently the Communications Director of the BlackStar Film Festival and a Steering Committee Member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Philadelphia Chapter.


Rebecca E. Johnson, Executive Director
AIA Philadelphia and Center / Architecture + Design | @rebeccainphilly

Rebecca is an executive with expertise in nonprofit management, real estate development, and community and economic development. She’s passionate about community engagement, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and design thinking approaches to solving some of our cities’ largest problems. As Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture and Design, Rebecca represents the interests of the architectural community in Philadelphia and creates compelling programming to engage the public about architecture and design. 


Carise Mitch, Communications and Marketing Director
DataArts | @Data_Arts

Carise brings extensive experience in content marketing, digital strategy, and strategic communications in both the nonprofit and corporate sector to her role as Director of Marketing and Communications at DataArts. She’s provided a range of communications consulting services to many nonprofits, including cultural, healthcare, educational and environmental organizations, and holds a BA in English and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.


James Claiborne, Independent Curator, Consultant & Program Lead / Public Programming Manager
The African American Museum in Philadelphia | @aampmuseum

James is a self-taught visual artist, curator, and arts advocate. After eight years with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance developing its community engagement and advocacy work, James served as editor of Philly360.com, a multicultural tourism campaign for Visit Philadelphia. Currently, James serves as the Public Programming Manager for the African American Museum in Philadelphia—where he is charged with building thoughtful, relevant programs for adult audiences. James also serves as a consultant, advisor, and board member for several cultural groups, including Art Sanctuary, FringeArts, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


Lansie Sylvia, Senior Strategist
J2 Design | @fancylansie

Lansie leads the studio’s strategy team and builds new community partnerships in the regional and national nonprofit sectors. Since 2010, she has held director-level positions at Here’s My Chance, EHL Consulting, and the Philadelphia Film Festival. An award-winning storyteller, she frequently presents to groups and is a regular contributor for Generocity.org with her popular philanthropic advice column, “How To Give.” Lansie received her M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and completed her AmeriCorps Year of Service in Providence, RI.


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See you soon.