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.

Teaching Design

  • 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

Mentoring

  • 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.