Founder and Chief Design Officer at Inzovu
JuntoMentor: Red Caffeine (J4), Lever Interactive (J5)
Instructor: Brand Engineering (J3, J6)
"Everything is designed, and when it’s not, companies fail and don’t see value returned.”
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
The book that keeps coming to mind is The Little Engine That Could. I just like that simple sentiment of believing in yourself and pushing yourself.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I have a human-centered social impact design agency that works with clients in the U.S. as well as internationally. Our clients are large organizations trying to understand their customers better or trying to use design in different ways, startups trying to bring their products and services to life, and non-profits.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
Let go and try.
What is your superpower?
Synthesis - seeing patterns that others don’t see right away
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Active listening and empathy.
What are you working on right now?
I’m looking at what digital transformation is for organizations, shifting them into a platform-type model that can ensure their longevity, durability, and sustainability.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
Seeing the growth of Red Caffeine [a company I mentored]. It’s pretty awesome to see them growing through the problems they had and that we talked about.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
That I can do this s**t - I can actually be a CEO. Everything is designed, and when it’s not, companies fail and don’t see value returned.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
More personal stories in a video format. it’s a better medium for telling stories than just basic text.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Humility, being human-centered, and flow. People talk about a work-life balance, but I think about it more as an ongoing rhythm between life and work.