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ZEBRADOG Founder and Creative Director Mark Schmitz has been delivering inspirational Keynote messages for over 20 years. His "Passion of Dynamic Environments" is a call for transformation, authenticity and integrity in design. Hundreds of people in over fifty organizations throughout the country have been inspired by his stories and words.

"Americans spend 87% of their lives inside a building. The power of an inspirational environment is critical to our life success. We use design as a tool to enhance our humanity and deepen our emotional connections to a place."
Mark Schmitz, Founder + Creative Director

Recent Sessions

    Raleigh, NC
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition
    Madison, WI
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • International Interior Design Association
    Madison, WI
  • Herman Miller: Regional Sales Meeting
    Nashville, TN
  • Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Council
    Milwaukee, WI
  • National Council for Marketing and Public Relations
    Las Vegas, NV
  • RevolutionEHR - National Sales Conference
    Madison, WI
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    North Carolina
  • Taliesin West - Distinguished Lecturer
    Scottsdale, AZ
  • International Interior Design Association
    Raleigh, NC
  • Herman Miller: Regional Sales Meeting
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Entrepreneurialism in Design - UW Business School
    Madison, WI
  • National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors
    Las Vegas, NV
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Taliesin East - Distinguished Lecturer
    Spring Green, WI
  • Society of Environmental Graphic Design
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Governor’s Forum on Downtown Revitalization
    Madison, WI
  • Graduate School of Business Marketing UW Business School
    Madison, WI
  • National Association of Collegiate Auxiliary Services
    Orlando, FL


I can’t tell you how marvelous your presentation was for my Entrepreneurship students yesterday! You hit so many important points.....and produced tears! Thank you for sharing your time, intelligence and inspiration!
Jeanan Yasiri
Executive Director
UW Center for Nonprofits
Your impact was substantive. Personally, you inspired me to continue to strive to build the best business I can, with the idea that someday I too will be out encouraging colleagues who want to improve.
Scott Jens
Your presentation was fantastic. The students raved about you! One of the very best presentations we have had since the inception of this program! We were all so motivated by what you do and what you said.
Lisa Collins
Associate Director
Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
The signature way ZEBRADOG approaches a project truly creates inspirational outcomes. Your unique approach combined with your understanding of myriad technological possibilities is unmatched in the industry.
Jack Nevin
Grainger Professor
Wisconsin School of Business
Thank you for your brilliant presentation at our national sales meeting! People are still talking about it. I have received several inquiries from individuals in attendance regarding a follow up conversation to your message.
Michelle Herrell
Learning Specialist
Herman Miller
I am STILL thinking about your words, but more importantly the work that you do! The creativity is awe inspiring! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to listen and learn....thank you!
Kat Londo
VP of Marketing
Herman Miller
I wanted to share some feedback from your break-out session. You had the best results, by far, in our post-event surveys. Incredible. I haven’t been this excited to design in awhile. Could definitely sense the passion for his work. Mark exemplifies the word passion. Best breakout session in 3 years.
Christina Robotka
International Interior Designers Association

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