Designing the future together.
A NETWORKED SYSTEM OF ROOTS
People actively learning through design and experimentation to do something meaningful together.
At Aspen Labs, we are
field savvy & research-based
We blend thousands of hours of in-the-field design and innovation development with a deep understanding of the research and science backing it. We’ve developed infrastructures such as innovation labs, internal design teams, and training programs to make it real and make it stick.
growing creativity and cultivating innovation
Change and innovation is catalyzed through individuals and teams. We model how it’s done so you can eventually lead in your own organization, unleashing creativity with real approaches and methods that work. We connect people people back to real purpose.
gathering insights and testing assumptions
People are interesting and unpredictable. We use a blend of methods from design, change management, innovation science and business process to help you see the experiences of your users, stakeholders and employees with fresh and open eyes.
Christi Zuber, PhD
Founder and Managing Director
The Founder and Managing Director of Aspen Labs, Christi is an unusual mix of the science and practice of design, proven innovation leadership and team building, and a roll up your sleeves field tester of ideas. She is deeply curious about people, committed to social good and joy in the workplace and truly, a life long learner.
Adrienne is a certified organizational development consultant with extensive experience in whole system change. Demonstrated ability to ramp up quickly in learning, innovating and making improvements in any industry and work environment. Nimble enough to navigate even the most bureaucratic environment. Can influence individuals and groups with empathy and respect, without positional power.
Endlessly curious and action-oriented, Alexis is a designer that loves digging into complex problems. She's currently at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative building technology that enables personalized learning environments. Before CZI, Alexis was a service designer working in healthcare innovation at Kaiser Permanente.
Brittney is passionate about people, change management, and building teams. Her diverse background spans both clinical and operations in community health, leadership, human centered design, issue advocacy, and grassroots organizing. She is guided by a strong sense of social justice, loves to raft rivers, read good books, and eat chocolate.
Dr. Deana McDonagh, is Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). She is an Empathic Design Research Strategist who focuses on enhancing quality of life for all through more intuitive and meaningful products, leading to emotional sustainability.
Dr. McNeal is an academically trained health communication scientist with prior corporate healthcare experience and clinical experience. As a rising Dissemination & Implementation Scientist, her interests are to improve health equity within the African American community in diabetes and cardiovascular disease management and prevention.
As a graphic facilitator, Emily Shepard is passionate about using the power of visuals to help people clarify their thinking, collaborate effectively and create change. She listens deeply to group conversations, and draws real-time maps with words and images that synthesize what’s been said. This allows people to see what they’re thinking, and gives them an efficient, tangible way to make choices, align, and share their process with other stakeholders.
Glenn Fajardo connects to create. As the Director of the Co-Design Practice of the TechSoup Global Network, he has worked NGO Partners around the world to build and expand programs and partnerships. Glenn has also taught at the Stanford University d.school, most recently Design Across Borders in Spring 2018. Formally trained in nuclear engineering sciences and public policy, Glenn plays electric bass and likes to cook in other people’s kitchens.
Jason is a designer by trade with over 20 years of experience, much of that in the financial industry. He is the Director of Innovation Practice & Enablement at the LOFT, the innovation arm of Manulife/John Hancock. Since 2012, Jason has been learning, teaching and using Design Thinking in every aspect of his professional life. He organizes the Boston Design Thinking Meetup.
Certified in human-centered design and change management, and a curator of out-of-the box ideas, who can also successfully convert them into impactful solutions. 18+ years healthcare experience developing new products, go-to-market strategies and patient experience improvements. Known for tackling large-scale implementations, and my love of dogs and soccer.
Lewis Brown, Jr. MA is a strategic transformation leader, enterprise level project manager and executive business partner with 20 years of experience developing, launching and integrating organizational programs and teams in the public and private sectors. Using agile – human centered design techniques, he has developed solutions for industries, economic development regions, and education systems. He lives in Denver with his wife and their four children.
Michelle is a seasoned healthcare consultant, with both provider and payer experience, with a background in nursing. She is interested in helping people by applying design strategies to solve problems, improve complicated processes, and facilitate communication.
Monica has 15 years experience playing rugby, and also as a healthcare administrator that grows new departments and teams. She embraced design thinking after reluctantly accepting that numbers don't tell the whole story. Her passion is leading sustainable programs that keep people healthy, and changing the financial incentives in the market to keep people healthy.
Walter has established himself as a founder of an award-winning firm, Herbst Produkts, with multiple Red Dot and IDEA awards. He brings his expertise for product design development into the classroom as a professor of undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University. In 2018, Dr. Herbst was named as a fellow to the National Academy of Inventors. He holds over 125 patents in hardware, houseware and medical products.