Vanessa B. Dewey is currently in house at Mattel, as the first Lead in Creative and Development Experience. As a member of the Mattel HR team, she defies stereotypes by bringing a creative, human-centered design approach to a traditionally corporate department. Some of her roles include providing educational opportunities for 600+ creatives, overseeing company-wide initiatives and curating a speaker series that brings inspiring design leaders to inspire Mattel talent.
Prior to this career pivot, Vanessa designed packaging and branding for iconic IP and licensed properties such as Barbie, and Disney and other toy brands.
Throughout her career, Vanessa has been obsessed with three things: cultures, connections, and communities. She continually looks both outward and inward to foster inspiration, forge creative communities and encourage risk-taking, curiosity and bold action.
Vanessa serves as the Co-Chair of AIGA National InHouse INitiative Steering Committee, the VP of the Women of Mattel Organization, and is on the LA Design Festival board. She is based in Downtown Los Angeles with her two beagles. Oh, and, one could say that she has a slight obsession with coffee.