Subashini (Suba) Nadarajah is the Executive Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VMLY&R. In this role, she is responsible for promoting and celebrating diversity to increase cultural literacy, awareness and acceptance within VMLY&R and through partnerships. Her passion for the subject led her to recently move into this new role, from VMLY&R director of design where she worked with client teams to provide design and branding counsel and inspiration.
Prior to joining VMLY&R, Suba served as the creative director for the retail visual merchandising team at Hallmark. Her experience spans print, advertising and television from previous roles at River City Studio, Bernstein-Rein, and Blacktop Creative She has worked closely with major brands such as Walmart, McDonald's, Sprint, Bayer, Beauty Brands, Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City Power and Light District, Disney, and Godfather's Pizza. Her work has been recognized and earned awards from The One Show, Art Directors Club, and ADDY Awards.
Suba has also been an adjunct professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she taught branding and design systems. She believes that art and design, combined with storytelling, give our world a sense of connectivity. They're universal languages that bring people together. Sharing art is one of her utmost fundamental beliefs.
When not at VMLY&R or teaching, Suba is a closet architect who designed her own home where she resides with her 7 year old rescue blue merle sheltie. Her home was even featured in Dwell's online article "Your Rooms We Love." She is an aspiring equestrian, a world traveler, a photographer, an avid walker, and a Pilates lover who finds balance in life through meditation and living mindfully. Guiding meditation and sharing how to live a mindful life has become one of Suba's many life aspirations. In a recent KC TED Talk, she discussed how powerful our breath can be when we are mindful of its virtues and powers.