Featured Alumni and “Unbinding Prometheus” Panelists
These three young, entrepreneurial alumni will speak this Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. for the “Unbinding Prometheus: Maker Movement & Sharing Economy” panel in the Multipurpose Room in SB Hall.
Monica Diodati, B.A. ’11
Monica Diodati graduated from the University of Dallas in 2011 with a B.A. in English. After establishing the Design District Market during her marketing job in the years immediately after graduation, she founded Little D Markets in 2013. What started as a small community farmers market in West Dallas became a series of makers’ markets around the city, which now include Urban Bazaar on Bishop, Commerce Street Night Market and Small Business Saturday at Community Beer Company. Diodati also co-founded River Activation For the Trinity (RAFT), a group of grassroots activists dedicated to bringing awareness to the Trinity River area in Dallas and works as a project manager with The Better Block, a nonprofit that brings walkability and quality of life to the forefront of the urban planning process.
David Harman B.A. ’10
David Harman, a Dallas native, graduated from UD in 2010 with a degree in art. After moving to Knoxville and marrying UD alumna Becca Mattingly, they launched Native Maps. They believe in the power of community and entrepreneurship and that knowing your neighborhood means knowing your neighbor. Recently, Harman has spoken about the Maker Movement for TEDx at the University of Tennessee, a Fast Company Conference in NYC and the Maker City Summit in Knoxville.
Maria (Murdock) Walley, B.A. ’10
Maria (Murdock) Walley graduated from UD in 2010 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in art history. Through a series of lucky coincidences, she found herself in Chicago working at an advertising agency only days after graduation. Later, she went “in-house” and served as the marketing director of an international investigations agency, which presented her with the opportunity to build a brand from scratch — giving her the first taste of tech entrepreneurialism.
She then co-founded Kandid.ly, an online marketplace where anyone can find, book or become a photographer. As of 2016, Kandid.ly is now a Techstars company, having been accepted to an accelerator that accepts only 1percent of its applicants.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for her husband, Jason, and son, James. She also contributes to Verily Magazine.