Leadership, Strategy, and Career Development for Experienced Creative Professionals

Leadership, Strategy, and Career Development for Experienced Creative Professionals


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Leadership, Strategy, and Career Development for Experienced Creative Professionals



  • Experienced professionals comfortable with their technical skills
  • People looking to grow into leadership positions


  • Conversations on creative strategy, industry trends, effective leadership, and career growth
  • Guest speakers
  • Q&As


  • Technical Skill Training
  • Job Placement Services


This circle is designed for creative professionals from any part of the animation industry looking to expand their horizons beyond just technical skills. It’s a great fit for artists looking to transition into leadership and creatives excited to grow beyond their current expertise. We will be focusing mainly on creative strategy, leadership, and long-term career development.

In this circle, we will:

  • Explore industry trends and understand how they can impact your career and the wider creative field
  • Develop a growth mindset so that we can view challenges as opportunities for growth
  • Find ways to improve and adapt in your professional journey
  • Practice leadership skills to create new opportunities
  • Find support in a collaborative learning environment
  • Talk with industry leaders and experienced professional guest speakers
  • Dedicate time to address your specific needs and challenges
    • These sessions will be an opportunity to explore ways to navigate your situations and facilitate a shift in mindset

While my background is in Motion Design, I’m excited to work with creative professionals from any part of the industry–artists, animators, designers, etc. to help you shift focus from the technical aspects of design to broader topics that can help get you to the next step. This is a space for folks already comfortable with their technical skills who are ready and excited to step out of their comfort zone and grow into leaders.

Qualification Criteria

Mid Level (6-10 yrs of experience)
Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)
Upper Level (10+ yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Wednesday evenings
Timezone: PST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please submit the following: 

  • Resume
  • Portfolio (nice to have)
  • Personal Statement explaining why this circle is right for you

Circle Leader

eva kao

Hi, I’m Eva Kao, a motion design professional with a diverse industry background spanning digital advertising, social media, concert visuals, tech, and post-production.

My journey led me to the Head of Motion Design role at Amazon Music, where my team and I immerse ourselves in everything from motion design to cross-marketing creative space and UX design. My academic background includes an MFA in computer art, with a specific focus on motion graphic design from the School of Visual Arts.

Seeing my work showcased in various global exhibitions and recognized in design and ad awards is always fulfilling. What truly drives me is the intersection of motion design and business strategy. I thrive on strategizing solutions that seamlessly integrate motion design into driving business impact. Beyond that, I’m deeply passionate about leadership coaching, helping others uncover their strengths and carve their unique paths to success.


Current Title: Head of Motion Design

Studio / Employer:  Amazon (Amazon Music)

Link:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/evakaodesign/

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