About E.C.

The corporate story.

E.C. is the creative director of his firm, 1Z2R, and the executive director of TransTech Social. He is also the founder of Marsha’s Web, a resource directory for TLGBQIA+ communities that centers BIPOC Transgender, Intersex, and GNC business owners/organizations. His work strategically positions his clients for long-term growth and success with their talents and businesses. Some of his clients and projects include Waning Moon Weddings by LaToya, Laughter at the Altar, The Culture of Money, Seagate Technology, Arianna Center, Side by Side VA, Miss Ross Inc, and Highlander Center.
 

In 2019, E.C. was recognized for his work in the design industry with the Emerging Leader Award at  Inaugural National Trans Visibility March. E.C joined the Community Advisory Board for TransTech Social Enterprises and became one of the organization's first board members. In 2021, E.C. accepted an interim position with TransTech Social that secured his partnership with Angelica Ross and became the Executive Director. Since March 2022, E.C. has secured funding from donors like Plume and Uber. He has also facilitated partnerships with organizations like PrideLive for the official Stone Wall national visitors center and Google.org.  

 

Throughout the years, he has had the opportunity to speak and work with BuzzFeed, Yale University, Power to Fly, Trans Tech Summit, and many others. His work represents and celebrates the beautiful intersections of the Black and Black trans communities.

Conversations followed by actions will be the only way to shift the culture in tech - for good.
- E.C. III

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Now, for the full story.

If someone had told me, in 2008, that I would be an award-winning digital and graphic artist, I would have laughed right in their faces.

 

At the time, I was working 12+ hour days and managing a full-time class load as a Civil Engineering student. Nothing about where I spent my time was inspiring, creative, or fulfilling. Day after day, I showed up for work and class – just as I felt “I was supposed to do.” 

 

But in 2009, my grandfather passed away and changed the trajectory of my life. He was a lifelong artist, musician, kindergarten teacher, and painter. Throughout my life, he was my biggest inspiration to always strive for the best; he was my everything. His passing left a space in my life that I struggled to navigate, but it also gave me a deep sense of knowing that I was not living the freedom he showed me. Through the grief, I was determined to live a life full of artistic adventure, chosen family and community, freedom to explore, and unfiltered joy.

One year later, my travels and life experiences led me to register with the Art Institute for Graphic Design. Through my studies, I discovered that I had not only a natural talent for graphic design but a genuine love for the limitless possibilities it offered my art. The design industry has allowed me to show up for my communities (and for myself) in ways I never imagined. 

 

As a professional Brand Designer and Digital artist in the corporate world, I won awards like the Marcom Award 2016 and 2017, gold and platinum winners, respectively.

Navigating the corporate jungle as a Black man of trans* experience, required me to learn how to overcome many challenges and hurdles along the way. However, with these experiences and my training as a public speaker, I have confidently educated and encouraged emerging designers to find their style in the white male-dominated design industry.

In 2018, I officially left the corporate world and began working strictly on my terms as a designer, consultant, and artist. That decision has allowed me to use my talent and skills to create timeless branding and digital content for entrepreneurs and fortune 500 companies.

My goal is to empower companies and organizations to connect authentically with their business while creating a seamless brand; positioned for maximum profit and success.

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E.C. is an experienced corporate trainer and speaker on topics like navigating the design industry, impactful branding, minority entrepreneurship, Trans visibility in the workplace, and diversity in tech. His speeches and presentations are engaging, relatable, and deeply informative.
 

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