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NewsJun 25, 2024

Volunteer of the month: Wendy Tabor RGD

Written by Wendy Tabor RGD

This July, we thank Wendy Tabor RGD for her contribution to the RGD community. 

“Wendy's assistance in coordinating and hosting the Accessibility webinars for the RGD has been invaluable. Her dedication and contributions to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee have significantly advanced our initiatives. Wendy consistently goes above and beyond. Her positive attitude makes her a pleasure to work with.”
Magued Hanna RGD

Q: How long have you been volunteering with the RGD, and in what capacity?

I began volunteering with the RGD towards the end of 2022. With the encouragement and support of some other Members, I became the moderator of the Accessibility in Design Webinar Series, which quickly taught me a lot about confidence in yourself. (Especially on camera!) Then, I was invited to join the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. I accepted and as a Hard-Of-Hearing person, I felt instantly welcomed in a caring, curious and wise space.

Q: What is the most surprising/unexpected thing about volunteering with the RGD?

RGD Members are open-minded, curious, compassionate and very wise. Even though I have been in the design industry for a while, I'm always learning something new and people have come to me saying that I helped them or taught them something new. Through the RGD, I am making a difference in the world. 

Q: What have you learned about the industry since volunteering for the RGD?

We are some of the most adaptable people in the face of change. With the economy, AI, clients, budgets and businesses expanding or shrinking, we are able to adapt to the ever-changing tides. 

Q: Based on your experience volunteering with the RGD, how would you describe the role of the organization in the industry?

The RGD is a beacon. From students learning about the craft to seasoned professionals wanting to share their knowledge, the RGD is always there for us. When we need mentors, want to give back or are curious about what is happening, designers of all kinds and disciplines can turn to the RGD for what they need.

Q: What have you gained from being an RGD volunteer, and why would you recommend it to other Members considering getting involved?

Since volunteering with the RGD, I have gained community and confidence and my curiosity has been bolstered. The RGD can help any designer who wants to make a difference, learn and create memorable experiences. We are always open to new ideas!

Q: Do you have thoughts on what you might like to do as a volunteer with the RGD in the future?

The RGD always offers many exciting things, such as webinars, events, trivia nights etc. It would be fascinating to do an accessibility podcast series.

Wendy Tabor RGD

Do you know the expression, "Variety is the spice of life?" I continue to live by that every day. Since 2014, I have explored the many beautiful facets that graphic design, instructional design, and marketing have to offer.

I have created a space for myself through generalism in highly regulated industries like finance, healthcare, and technology. Working in these kinds of industries, I have learned the unique art of taking highly technical information and translating it through visuals into engaging material that many people can understand.

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