I also love working in a design leadership role—managing, teaching, mentoring, hiring, and training. I'm passionate about putting designers in positions where they can shine, grow, and create wonderful experiences for users.
Leading Design Teams
Experience managing design teams of up to nine designers, both at design consultancies and in-house
Build design team relationships with executive leadership, clients, contractors, and internal cross-functional teams
“The Driver” — Regularly lead teams facing the pressure to successfully launch a well-designed product on time
“The Fixer” — Often tapped to turn around teams with morale problems and poor reputation within the company
Collaborate on design strategy
Evaluate designs and provide direction
Scope, prioritize, and plan product roadmaps in close collaboration with Product and Engineering leadership.
Teach public classes for Cooper in Interaction Design and Putting Personas to Work, plus Cooper's UX Bootcamp, an intensive program for advanced practitioners
Develop curriculum for Cooper's Putting Personas to Work class
Teach private training on user research, design strategy, creative ideation, incorporating design into culture, pair design, and building effective product teams
Regular guest speaker on Pair Design at General Assembly SF
Provide guidance and career management to senior designers, helping them define their personal path and identity as a designer — identifying areas of strength to share with the larger team and areas of weakness to improve.
Mentor junior designers, bringing them up to speed on process and techniques, as well as general design principles and best practices.