Speaking and Lectures
My speaking gigs have included topics on organizational business transformation, human-centered design, and building sustainability within entrepreneurship + innovation.
— Cuny College Hackathon Speaker: Prototyping your Experiences (2019)
— Adobe 99u Conference: Tactics for Inspiring a Crack Design Team (2018)
— IBM Watson (AI): The Future of Cognitive Development (2017)
— AIG Fresh Ed Panel (Parsons New School of Design (2017)
— UXDI Immersive Instructor at General Assembly (2016-2018)
— Transformation in Education Design Curriculum (2015)
— Human-centered Design for All (2014)
— Being an Intrapreneur within an organization (2014)
— The Green Festival, San Francisco: Transformation in Business? (2013)
— On Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2012)
— This Way to Sustainability Conference: Ecocentricity in Cities (2011)
— Resiliency as center to our livelihood (2010)
— Focus The Nation Lecture Series: Bioregional Sustainable Food Systems? (2009)
— Focus The Nation Lecture Series: The City as Resilient (2008)
— Towards self-sufficient cities? (2007)
— Live Sustainably: Your Impact Begins With You (2006-2010)
Transformative Business Redesign
In this lecture, I focus the conversation around the need for business adaptation towards new market conditions, including upholding sustainability in short and longterm strategic planning. The talk includes case studies from organizations that have successfully pivoted to an adaptive and forward looking approach to design.
Human-centered Design for Change
This lecture focuses on introducing human-centered design into an organization’s creative process by constructing teams that have a profound interest in bettering the human condition. This leads to the accelerated innovation and the creation of truly unique products and services. The talk also explores how teams are driven by organizations that have a profound higher purpose — building increased morale and ongoing commitment.
Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
What does innovation through entrepreneurship look like in the 21st century? We are seeing an unprecedented volume of young startups with a huge potential for creating solutions to our many challenges. This talk encourages students and young professionals to rethink what’s possible in one’s career — to launch world-changing ventures.