Session Theme: Design Thinking in Real Life - A dialogue on how to bring design, creativity and innovation into your everyday life. Often when people learn design thinking they are taught a set of steps. Underneath the steps are mindsets and modes that are the true guides of the human-centered creative problem solving process.
Meet Emi: Emi Kolawole is a multi-media professional with over a decade of experience and the founder of Dexign LLC based in Fairfax, Virginia. She has worked in television, web and print media. The founding editor of the Innovations section of The Washington Post, Emi was invited to serve as the editor-in-residence at The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University -- widely known as the d.school. She served as the editor-in-residence and as a senior media designer and lecturer at the d.school, working at the crossroads of media and design thinking with a focus on bias (race, gender and sexuality) and creative practice. She designed and facilitated workshops, classes and experiences in addition to her work running the d.school blog, 'the whiteboard,' which she launched in 2013. She was a member of the d.school's Media Experiments Project conducted in collaboration with Knight Foundation. Prior to that, Emi was a producer for PostPolitics at The Washington Post, the associate producer for "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill" and a staff writer for FactCheck.org, covering the 2008 presidential election. Emi is a graduate of The Madeira School, Wellesley College and American University. She is the founding Shaper and former Curator of the Global Shapers Palo Alto hub -- an initiative of The World Economic Forum, and she is an alumna of the French-American Foundation Young Leaders program.
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