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I co-scope challenges with project sponsors, engage stakeholders to understand all points of view, highlight insights to reframe perspectives, generate alternative solutions and find moments to test ideas, iterate, build in feedback loops and develop plans of action to execute on ideas. Currently I am an experience designer for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, I was the Associate Director of Design for America where under my leadership the program grew from 40 college students at one university to 1,000 students at 29 universities throughout the US where interdisciplinary teams used creative problem solving for local and social good. My past work and students have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have given talks at conferences such as TEDx, IDSA, IxDA, Better Word by Design, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my masters in Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and have taught design and engineering at both universities.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rocking Chair

This rocking chair, a twist and combination of modern classics, is welded tubular steel with tufted upholstery.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Couple Earrings

This independent project captures the silhouette of two lovebirds, allowing the wearer to feel connected to their loved one at all times. The earrings can also be switched so the profiles are facing away from each other to indicate anger or frustration with their fellow mate.

This concept lends itself to many other personalized iterations such as a mother wearing silhouettes of her children, or a grandmother of her grandchildren etc.

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Woven Dish

This two week project explores tin plated steel in an unconventional application. Cutting the sheet metal into quarter inch strips and hand weaving cross grain allows the material to move and morph into various ways and reflect the light creating a dynamic pattern. The finished product can be used as a center piece for a table or to hold small items.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Community Service Award

This year, at my graduation from RISD, I had the honor of winning the Steve Mendelson Community Service Award! And it was quite hilarious because they read the wrong bio! As they were describing the winner, they discussed someone who was really involved in the Jewish Community and went on EHP and everything and then they go and call my name! I was terrified at the thought that maybe the read the bio of one of the other nominees and then called my name, that there had been some kind of mistake. 

As it turned out, they read the winning bio from the previous year. So there was a bit of relief. 

My sister kindly edited the speech so the description actually fit me, but edited a lot out. Thanks sis!