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Leadership, Technology and Innovation in Design with Mancini Duffy's Jessica Mann-Amato

May 9, 2022

In this episode, Jessica Mann-Amato, principal and co-owner of Mancini Duffy in New York, shares her journey of rising to a leadership role as a woman in an industry that’s still very much male dominated, as well as how the firm is using technology to innovate and inform the design process for their clients.

Meet our guest:

Jessica Mann-Amato, IIDA

Jessica Mann-AmatoJessica Mann-Amato, IIDA, is a natural design leader. With over 20 years of client-focused design experience, she oversees workplace strategy, space planning, and interior design for Mancini Duffy as a principal and co-owner. Mancini is a 100+-year-old tech-driven design firm headquartered in New York City with regional offices in Red Bank and Millburn, New Jersey. Jessica works diligently to bring her colleagues and clients together to achieve a shared vision, infused with a creative edge, that meets—and exceeds—expectations. 

Jessica utilizes Mancini’s cutting-edge technology to further the design process and bring each client’s vision to life. She uses the company’s state-of-the-art Design Lab to lead clients through proprietary 360 Design Sessions, which immerse them in their future spaces and allow for a truly collaborative and interactive design process, which Jessica has always promoted with her clients. 

Jessica cut her teeth by devising beautiful and functional interiors for consumer goods companies, digital media movers and shakers, and boutique financial firms. Her career highlights include design projects for a wide array of clients that met unique business goals, integrated new workplace strategies, and delivered designs that significantly impacted clients’ company culture. She has created spaces for clients such as Indeed, Rent the Runway, McGraw-Hill, Rauxa, Pernod Ricard USA, ALM Media, and Citigroup, among many other innovative companies. 

Jessica believes that true design inspiration is achieved with real collaboration within her group and each client. She readily shares what she knows with the designers of Mancini, making mentoring and professional development a key component in her work.

A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Jessica worked with Spector Group, HLW International LLP, NELSON, Furnstahl & Simon Architects, and Conant Architects before joining Mancini. In addition, she served as the 2009-2010 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) NY Chapter President.

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