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InnovAbility: Redefining Identity with Creativity

  • ThoughtWorks Inc. 99 Madison Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

New York innovators,
YOU are in for a treat!

InnovatorsBox is coming to NYC!

InnovatorsBox and Diversability have teamed up to host a special discussion and workshop on identity and creativity this September - #InnovAbility: “Redefining Identity with Creativity.”

Identity is crucial. How we define ourselves impacts the way we think about ourselves, how we feel about ourselves, and what we think we can do in this world. Society still imposes various labels on us that can be hard to redefine. How do we overcome those challenges?

We have invited innovators in NY to take a closer look at this. These are thought leaders who are taking extra step to redefine what an “identity” can mean with creative problem solving. Their journey and work shows how important it is for us to add creativity into our problem solving toolkit.

It will be an evening full of fun, insightful conversations and reflections.

P.S. This is a brown bag dinner, so bring your own!

Speakers & Moderator

Wissam is the co-founder and COO of Eat Offbeat. He is an engineer by education, a business consultant by trade and an entrepreneur at heart. With a great passion for food - he loves cooking himself - he jumped on the opportunity to collaborate with his sister Manal to found Eat Offbeat, a food delivery service for home-style ethnic meals that are conceived, prepared and delivered by refugees resettled in NYC. Wissam brings the business perspective and the financial strategy to the venture while Manal is bringing the social dimension and running the daily business.

Wissam holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an engineering degree from France. He has lived and worked on 4 continents and has settled in NY 4 years ago.


Helya Mohammadian is the Founder and CEO of Slick Chicks, an innovative underwear solution for women with disabilities and physical constraints. Helya has extensive background in fashion design and product development. As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she has over 15 years of retail and design experience. She created Slick Chicks to empower woman and give them the confidence they need to tackle any of life’s daily challenges.


Kenneth Wampler is an ardent activist, HIV fighter, and Alpha Workshops creator and driving force.  In founding The Alpha Workshops, Ken merged his two lives: one devoted to fine and decorative arts, the other committed to creating life renewing opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Ken received his M.S.W from the Hunter College School of Social Work in 1993 and in 1997 received the Diego Lopez Award for outstanding achievement in the world of HIV social work.  He also holds a Master's Degree in Acting and Directing from the University of Pittsburgh.


About Diversability

Diversability is an award-winning global movement to rebrand disability that began in Washington, DC with Tiffany Yu in 2009.

We foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. We unite the disability community, engage allies, and celebrate disability pride and empowerment.


About Thoughtworks

A community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change.





Earlier Event: September 1
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