We all know great connectors in our home turfs. These are the people who, at the drop of a hat, know how to get the right people together, to talk about the right things for all the right reasons.
Tsilli Pines, founder and director of (the excellent) Design Week Portland (DWP), is certainly one of Portland’s connection mavens. She possesses the uncanny skill and intuition to draw the lines between people in disparate disciplines to create magic. This gift is likely one of the reasons that DWP is a “must-attend” week, not just for design people, but for anyone who likes to be part of something bigger than themselves.
A designer by trade as digital creative director at Fine in Portland, Pines doesn’t just spread the gospel of design but broader creativity as host and organizer of Creative Mornings, the global lecture series darling.
Pines, like most who show honest leadership, is a renaissance person by nature and often has her fingers on the pulse of many things at any given time. Multitasking keeps it fresh — and her hometown of Portland inspires a sense of collaboration and balance, where the community comes together.
A native Northern Californian, Pines feels strongly that dues are to be paid, one must put skin in the game for the right rewards and that, early in ones career, leaning towards “yes” is the right plan of action. At the heart of it all, though, it’s all about getting out there and legitimately making things happen.
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