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.
Deana McDonagh, PhD
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.
Demetria M. McNeal, PhD, MBA, CPLP
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.
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.
Walter Herbst, PhD
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.