For today’s leaders, achieving systems-level success requires cultivating and activating networks—technological, infrastructural, and social—that support new collaborative activities, processes, and mindsets.

Design Intersections invites designers, executives, strategists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and other diverse leaders across industries and sectors (including education, food, finance, government, healthcare, insurance, mobility, technology) to explore how we can activate networks through activism, entrepreneurship, and leadership and achieve large scale impact. Read more



Alissa Ampezzan
Senior Director, Head of Customer Experience at Tempus, Inc.

Paola Aguirre Serrano
Founder, BORDERLESS Studio

George Aye
Co-Founder and Director of Innovation, Greater Good Studio

Steven Babitch
Presidential Innovation Fellow

Brenna Berman
Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative at UI Labs

Cennydd Bowles
Designer and Tech Ethics Consultant

Sharon Bush
Executive Director, Grand Victoria Foundation

Sara Cantor Aye
Co-founder and Executive Director, Greater Good Studio

Jorge Camacho
Strategic Design and Foresight Practitioner

Steven Collens

Sarah Coulter
Executive Director, Calumet Collaborative

Kristi Dula
Deputy Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology, DCEO at State of Illinois

Jeff Gershune
Research and Design Strategy Group Director, IA Collaborative

Dr. Melissa Gilliam
Vice Provost and the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice, The University of Chicago

Anthena Gore
Project Coordinator, Public Sector Programs, Elevate Energy

Eleanor Gorski
Bureau Chief, Planning, Historic Preservation and Sustainability, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Sergio Gutiérrez Montero
Design Manager, Allstate

Bill Hartman
Partner, Innovation Strategy, Essential Design

Fred Hoch
Founder and General Partner, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Sadanori Horiguchi
Senior Researcher, Hitachi

Ryoko Imai
Senior Researcher, Hitachi

Josh Lucas-Falk
CEO, Grand Studio

Marquis Miller
Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago

Mo Sook Park
Founder of i-D Leadership Consulting

Ryan Powell
Head of UX Research and Design, Waymo

Nico Probst
Director of Midwest Government Relations, Lime

Nik Rokop
Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Stuart School of Business

Ruth Schmidt
Visiting Industry Faculty, IIT Institute of Design

Randy Stark
Executive Director, National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs

Brianna Sylver
President, Sylver Consulting

Marco Ugarte
Sustainability Consultant, Antea Group

Elise Zelechowski
Director of Social Impact, ThoughtWorks


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