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haiti – i want what SHE has

#156 Maryline Damour” Kingston Design Connection

Today’s guest is Maryline Damour of Kingston Design Connection and Damour Drake. After many years working in marketing, business development and public relations for firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC and Accenture, Maryline returned to school to study interior design at Parsons The New School for Design. Originally from Haiti, Maryline has been actively involved in interior design projects in Haiti since the earthquake of 2010. She is currently developing a vocational school in Léogâne, Haiti focused on teaching safer building techniques and practices for the construction industry.

The Kingston Design Connection mission is to aid the creative community in the Hudson Valley to connect, collaborate and support each other’s businesses. It hosted its first design showhouse in October 2018 to showcase and celebrate Hudson Valley design which included 10 interior designers and over 100 local makers, artists and retailers. It has grown exponentially each year and has been featured in Architectural Digest; House Beautiful; Hudson Valley Magazine; Aspire Design and Home; Chronogram; Upstate House; Almanac Weekly; WSJ; and MSN.

Today we talked about how Maryline went from being a literature major to a marketing professional to an interior designer and most recently forming the Kingston Design Connection. Hint, it’s all really just communication. She’s full of deep wisdom and a desire to build community, and I loved our conversation!

You can find Maryline and KDC on Instagram.

I also introduced Malebo Sephodi, author, development worker and social commentator on development, identity and gender issues. We get to hear her Lyttleton Women TEDx Talk about self care as a tool of liberation! She’s going to be an upcoming guest so wanted to introduce you to her.

Last but not least, I announce our book club! It’s official, at the suggestion of past guest, Rakel Stammer, we’re going to read and discuss, Sylvia Federici’s, Caliban and The Witch. Our plans are to spend the month of March discussing, but for now you can get a head start on reading if you want to follow along! More to come on how to join in the conversation…

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of La Dosis Perfecta on Radio Kingston.

Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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