My Motto

I’m a strong proponent of design leadership and sharing best practices to encourage team building and mentorship.

Upcoming Speaking Events

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I believe design is a lifelong learning experience and welcome discussing new ideas and projects.

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Previous Speaking Events

2017
NEWH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Current Trends in Design & Hotel Development
2016
SLEEP THE HOTEL DESIGN EVENT
Trends in Design & Development
2016
WESTIN DESIGN WORKSHOP
How To Implement At Property Level
2016
LAUNCH OF NEW SHERATON DESIGN
Direction for Interiors
2016
FEAR AND LOVE IN HOTEL DESIGN
Panel Discussion - Global Hotel Sector
2013
TEDX BROADWAY
The Power of Physical Space

How It All Began

From New York to Tokyo

When I was at design school, I didn’t fully understand the importance of speaking for designers until I entered my work in a competition sponsored by the Japanese electronics giant NEC. The prize was a trip to Japan to present the winning designs at NEC in Tokyo...

So, every morning in the days leading up to the final presentation, I practiced my speech on the subway ride to school. The preparation paid off, and this experience showed me that designers are storytellers as well as creators.

My Approach

Story Telling

As I continued in my career as a designer, my insight from design school led me to refine my storytelling skills and tailor my message to different audiences. I found myself speaking more and more about design to non-designers, to engage my clients and deliver successful outcomes. I have a passion for speaking about design and believe this should be in every designer’s skillset. Design education doesn’t always cover this skill, and I believe in coaching designers to be better speakers and storytellers.

The Benefit

Mentorship

I’ve shared best practices and experiences with design students and designers at different points in their careers. I’ve benefitted from having mentors at many points in my career, and mentorship continues to be essential to my leadership practice.

In a time of change I believe it’s critical for designers to look at the trendlines, not the headlines to understand how the roles, processes and goals of design continue to evolve.