Antionette Carroll

Using Design To Fight Inequality And End Racism

Antionette D. Carroll is the founder and President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB), which holds workshops and pursues projects that address areas affecting marginalized communities, including education, employment, and gun and domestic violence. The Lab's workshops bring together designers, policy experts, speakers, community partners, and citizens working in different fields.

Throughout her career, Carroll has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits. Previously, she was head of communications for the Diversity Awareness Partnership in St. Louis.

Carroll is an active community volunteer. In 2014, she was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. Currently, she’s the Chair Emerita of the task force, working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and the national Inclusivity in Design Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program. Carroll co-organized and assumed the role of online producer for the national Town Hall in 2016.

At the local level, Carroll currently serves as the President of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference.

In 2016, Carroll was named an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator in Social Entrepreneurship and a SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Social Entrepreneurship Scholar. In 2015, Carroll was named a StartingBloc Fellow, one of Alive magazine’s 20 Under 40 Artists to Watch, and Delux magazine’s Power 100.

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