I am a self-starter that thrives in collaborative environments, with a deep interest in human-centered design and design thinking-based strategy. This means that I am passionate about facilitating the diffusion of innovations by leveraging design and technology. The value of design in terms of strategy has yielded results in the past, and I want to be a part of that.
I have been trained to deliver in this sense, and have the skills to succeed in strategy, design innovation consulting, creative direction, UX design, and research.
Strategist. TMI Strategy. New York, NY
TMI Strategy is the consulting arm of DoSomething.org, the world's largest nonprofit organization aimed at getting young people to act on social change.
As a strategist, I work with clients in large companies (such as Foot Locker, Microsoft and PwC) as well as small organizations (such as City Year and Global Citizen Year) to help them with strategy, messaging and execution on their initiatives aimed towards young people and social change.
Through this process, I have introduced and implemented design thinking frameworks for strategy planning and execution including user personas, user journey maps, structured ideation sessions, and user experience design critiques.
In this position, I have also crafted messaging strategies for clients, including copy, art direction, audience segmentation, and delivery channels.
Master of Fine Arts, Design Management. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
The Design Management program prepares professionals to lead organizations and constituents in the process of design-driven innovation, thinking, and value creation.
The SCAD Design Management program focuses in defining and delivering a superior education with a strategic focus at the intersection of design, business, theory, and practice.
During my academic career at SCAD, I have worked in design research, strategy, and value creation for startups (Rokk3r Labs, Plarity), non-profits (ARC Savannah, Accelerate Savannah), and large companies (Allure Energy, McDonald's). These experiences have enabled me to provide clients with actionable paths to increase their value via Design Thinking, while giving me the experience necessary to lead teams internally and present ideas clearly and concisely to clients.
Design & Discovery Graduate Intern. Rokk3r Labs, Miami Beach, FL
Participated in the design process covering user interface design and visual elements of branding. Contributed to the company’s workflow by introducing Design Thinking methods to different aspects of operations, from ideation to client meetings to user research.
Contextual Research (Europe) Project Manager. Allure Energy, Lacoste, Provence, France
As part of a SCAD sponsored study abroad course, contextual research was conducted with focus
on the European way of life in relation to technology, home automation, and the “Internet of Things.” Responsibilities included planning and delegating tasks, selecting teams, participating and supervising the completion of deliverable materials, and presenting said deliverables to the client.
Webmaster. Premier Guest Services, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Created web materials for the company’s DestiWorld travel agency, including content and interface redesign for the company website, e-mail newsletters, and other graphic and interface materials for internal use.
My skills are varied. I come from a background in Fine Arts, which makes me pretty decent at drawing and sketching, which is always an asset when visualizing ideas. I also have extensive training in digital platforms, mainly Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom (this also means I'm not half bad at pointing a lens at things).
Since I worked as a web designer before my MFA, I've gathered some experience in UX design, HTML and CSS (I haven't coded in a while, but that doesn't mean I can't whip out a mean prototype! Besides, there are tools for that now).
As per a class-wide survey of graduate students at SCAD, we were asked to evaluate our peers after having worked together on a 10-week project. This graph shows the lowest rating (orange), the average rating (purple) and the highest rating (blue) in the following traits:
Design Thinking expert Marty Neumeier’s Metaskills are five core competencies necessary for success in the 21st century:
I am able to harness lateral thinking to do this effectively and innovatively. But that is not all: I have been put in front of clients (everything from leaders of non-profits to CEO's of corporations) and I have proven that not only can I behave, but I am able to communicate ideas with tenacity and confidence.
This is also reflective of my leadership skills– I'm not generally a fan of flaunting leadership for the sake of it, but I need to let you know if you're going to hire me– I have led multiple teams, facilitating creative thinking, making sure objectives are met while maintaining a high standard of quality, and ensuring that team members are satisfied with the environment and quality of their own work. After all, a leader is no good if the group he leads is unhappy and inefficient.