Women’s Design Salon: Trailblazer

Trailblazers are inspiring—they face fear head first, take creative risks, pioneer trends. But at one time they all were in third grade and went to the prom too. But what drives them to take unique creative risks? Jihan Zencirli embodies everything about being a trailblazer. Learn about Jihan’s passion journey from Seattle to L.A. and creating brilliant and internationally recognized balloon sculptures though a dialogue with Chelsea Sonksen, founder of Bossladies magazine.


Door Code For Entry: #1435


6:30–7:00 PM: Mix & Mingle
7:00–7:10 PM: Introduction
7:10–8:00 PM: Talk followed by Q&A
8:00–8:30 PM: Round Table Sessions
8:45–9:00 PM: Mix & Mingle until close

Ticket Pricing
Early Bird Pre-registration (ends September 20)
$20 Supporter Members and above
$25 Contributor Members
$30 Non-Members
Regular Pre-registration
$30 Supporter Members and above
$35 Contributor Members
$40 Non-Members

At the Door
$45 Members and Non-Members
Note: No tickets will be sold at the door if the event sells out.

Requests for cancellation refunds may be granted only up to 24 hours before the event starts.

Parking & Transportation
Parking can be a challenge in the area. Please allow enough time to find parking. There is pay parking lot on Traction Avenue across the street or limited street parking is available. For public transportation visit metro.net for schedules.

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About Our Moderator

Chelsea SonksenChelsea Sonksen is a writer, editor, and entrepreneur based in Santa Monica, California. She is the Founding Editor of Bossladies, an elegant print magazine celebrating creative women entrepreneurs. She is also a freelance editor and editorial consultant, and three of her recent projects will be published in the coming year. Her favorite places are Yosemite National Park and Rockland, her hometown in Maine, both of which she frequents regularly for doses of fresh air.
Twitter: @ChelseaSonksen

About Our Speaker

Jihan ZencirliJihan Zencirli is a Turkish-American visual artist, performance artist, designer and public speaker living in Los Angeles. Zencirli is most notable for her internationally regarded style of balloon decor and is the owner and founder of Geronimo Balloons. Her body of work includes balloon art in addition to installation, sculpture and spoken word. Zencirli's work has been featured in print publications including, Oprah Magazine, and In Style Magazine, in addition to national commercial ad campaigns including,T-Mobile, Tampax and Cadillac. [1] Her designs have inspired several spin-off companies.
Twitter: @GeronimoBalloon

About Women’s Design Salon
The Women’s Design Salon series provides LA’s creative and entrepreneurial-minded women with an intimate place to connect with the creative community and to discuss not only the challenges that exist for women within this industry but also the growing support for women in these fields. The Women’s Design Salon series is inspired by AIGA’s Women Lead Initiative, a commitment to empowering women in design and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today.


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When & Where
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM PDT
The Boxcar
837 Traction Avenue Unit #402
Los Angeles, CA 90013